USD SON Celebrates Black History Month

USD SON Celebrates Black History Month

"Race is an incidence of birth.  I hope the criterion for selection didn't include race but competence." - Brigadier General Hazel Johnson-Brown, nurse,  educator, and the Army's first black female brigadier general.

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Dr. Johnie M. Tarver is the first African American to graduate from the USD SON PhD Program.  She earned her doctorate in 2000. Dr. Tarver went on to teach nursing at San Diego State University for many years. She also taught nursing at Prairie View A&M University in Houston, Texas.  Dr. Tarver talks about how she became interested in nursing, why it’s important to recognize commonalities among people, and the importance of perseverance.

Teri Armour-Burton, PhD, NE-BC, MBA discusses what is important to her: those who had the most influence on her and earning her PhD.

Click on her photo to listen.

Dr. Donna L. Cook currently works as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs in San Diego.  

Click on her photo to hear her talk about her nursing education, the perfect job, words of wisdom for African-American Nurses, and community involvment.

Dorothy Forde, PhD, RNC-NIC, CNS, curently teaches at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL.  She has been a neonatal nurse, transport, nurse, and nurse/clinical educator during her 30 years in healthcare.  She was also a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California San Francisco. 

Click on her photo to hear her discuss some of the challenges she faced as a clinical educator.

Bridgett Byrd Sellars, PhD, RN, CNE, FACHE, NE-BC is a nurse educator.  She earned her PhD from the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science inf 2012.

Click on her photo to hear her talk about her journey as a nurse.  She also discusses how we can attain diversity by working together.

Teri Armour-Burton, PhD, NE-BC, MBA is a nurse manager for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego.  Dr. Armour-Burton once considered medical school but chose to become a nurse. She has been a nurse for more than 20 years and has also worked as a cardiology nurse and as a critical care nurse.

Click on her photo to listen to Dr. Armour-Burton discuss her thoughts on the sustainability of the Black Lives Matter movement.


Dr. Charlotte Stoudmire earned her PhD from USD SON in 2008.  Prior to that, she earned her MSN from the University of Phoenix.  One year after that, Dr. Stoudmire became the Campus College Chair of Nursing for the San Diego campus.  

Click on her photo to hear her as she discusses her decision to earn her PhD and her first impression of USD Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science.  

begin quote Figure out what you want to do and go after it. Don't let anybody tell you differently - Teri Armour Burton, PhD '17

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