Gelene T. Thompson, MSN, RN, CNOR, is assistant professor in the associate degree nursing program. Thompson graduated from Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley School of Professional Nursing. She earned a B.S.N. in nursing from Radford University in 1994, and a master's degree in nursing in acute care from Liberty University in 2004. Her major practice area has been operating room nursing with experience at Medical College of Virginia, Community Hospital, and Roanoke Memorial Hospitals. She received Certification in Operating Room Nursing (CNOR) in 1984. Most of her experience has been with Roanoke Memorial Hospitals as staff RN, private neurosurgery scrub nurse, head nurse eye and ENT surgery, surgery department educator for many years and human resources education consultant. In 2002, she joined the nursing department at JCHS. Currently, Thompson works with Level I (freshman) students in the classroom and clinical areas. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Nursing Honor Society, and has published articles in national nursing journals. "My focus is to start students off on the right foot with good habits and methods of caring for patients. I began my nursing career at age 13 in a small country hospital where Candy Stripers were allowed to give many kinds of care to patients. I fell in love with helping people and I still love the job. As a nursing instructor I can serve patients and help students at the same time. I want them to begin their own careers with the skills they will need throughout their lives."
Gelene T. Thompson, M.S.N.
Diploma, Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley School of Professional Nursing
B.S., Radford University
M.S.N., Liberty University