Term: Fall 2021
Phone: (850) 913-3262 ext. 3262
Office location: PC-HS 0222
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My name is Dr. Randy Chitwood. Most students now refer to me as "Dr. C.", as my last name is a bit much! I started my career in Nursing as a Nursing Assistant on June 29, 1980 in the ER at Baptist Medical Center in Montgomery, Alabama. I graduated as an LPN in August 1981 from Trenholm State Technical College in Montgomery and continued to do ER and Intensive Care Nursing for the next 2 years. I worked for a short time in Gainesville, Florida on a Cardiac floor, and then returned to Montgomery where I did Orthopedics; Neurology, Urology and floated to Medical, Cardiac, and Surgical Intensive Care.
I received the A.S.N. from what was then Troy State University (now Troy University) in June 1989 and went directly to work in Cardiovascular Intensive Care. I accepted a travel nurse assignment in November 1990 and moved to Homestead, Florida where I worked as Charge Nurse on a 46-bed multi-purpose unit (we basically got every patient who was not in need of telemetry). I later transferred to the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center (the 2nd largest teaching hospital in the country) where I worked as a Staff RN on a dedicated AIDS unit. Our hospital and the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospitals were the first to pilot the "drug cocktails" that are currently being used so successfully in the treatment of AIDS. We gave these drugs in the experimental stages.
After Hurricane Andrew hit us so hard, I returned to Montgomery in 1993 and accepted a position in Intensive Care at a local hospital, where I worked as Asst. Nurse Manager and Staff Educator. I became Staff Development Coordinator at a sister hospital in June 1997. I finally completed the B.S.N., also from Troy in December 1999, and continued in Staff Development, while also working as an Adjunct Clinical Professor for Troy's A.D.N. program. In 2000, I accepted the position of System Director for Staff Development for Baptist Health Systems (5 hospitals, 2 Nursing Homes, 5 Urgent Care Centers and several small outreach clinics). I was also working full time on my Master's degree at that time. After a short break from school, I completed the M.S.N. in May 2003. I also worked a short travel assignment in Los Angeles. I lived just outside Hollywood and experienced my first and only earthquake there.
On August 6, 2007, I began working as Assistant Professor of Nursing at Gulf Coast Community College, a job I truly love!! In spring 2011, I was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. This is what I have always wanted to do, and I enjoy every moment with my students. On April 28, 2012 I completed the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program @ FSU. On July 1, 2016, I was promoted to the rank of full Professor. In 2017, I celebrated my 10th anniversary at the College.
I have been in a committed relationship (which became a marriage on 11/25/15) for 28 years now. We have a 38 year old son, Blair, a High School Theatre Director, a gorgeous 12 year old granddaughter, Maggie, and a terrific 8 year old grandson, Noah. Our other children are my 13-year old dwarf Golden Retriever/ Yellow Lab Mix--Sanderson Wigglesworth Bumbledorff, Sandy for short, and Lucy, a 7 year old Siberian Husky.
As a teacher, I subscribe to the theories of Dr. Jean Watson (Caring theory) & Dr. Malcolm Knowles adult learning principles. I firmly believe in "learning through laughter" and that learning takes place best in a calm, relaxed environment where there are still high expectations for the performance of both the student & the professor.
Nursing has been an incredible journey for me, allowing constant employment, and the ability to never be bored. Your opportunities in this profession are endless, and a commitment to lifelong learning will only open more and more doors for you. As my student, you are now REQUIRED to go at least through the Master's degree, or I will hunt you down and want to know why!! Thank you for taking time to read my introduction.