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Graduate Hooding Guest Speaker

Chisa HuffmanChisa S. Huffman is receiving her Master of Science in Nursing degree with a concentration in nursing administration and a minor in nursing education. She earned her Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Pellissippi State Community College in 2014 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (summa cum laude) from the University of Tennessee in 2015. In fall 2017, she will continue her graduate studies in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at UT.

Huffman began her professional career in the health insurance industry, and when the opportunity presented itself, she began her studies to become a nurse. She took her first job as a registered nurse at Blount Memorial Hospital. Huffman has received a number of academic honors, including being inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society. She was nominated by the College of Nursing dean to be the liaison for the American Association of College Nurses–Graduate Nursing Student Association. In that capacity, she encourages her fellow students to become actively engaged and pursue leadership opportunities in the nursing profession.

Huffman was selected in fall 2016 to become the first ever nurse executive leadership resident with the Hospital Corporation of America. This organization represents more than 200 hospitals in the United States. In this capacity, Huffman works with the corporation’s senior leadership in building a residency program that will eventually spread nationwide. This program will be used to develop and train the next generation of nurse leaders. In her capacity, Huffman is at the heart of the strategic planning that will help shape nursing leadership in the years ahead.

Huffman is committed to making a positive impact in the lives of those around her. She is a mentor for tnAchieves, helping students in the Tennessee Promise program transition from high school to college. Additionally, she is a mentor in the Amachi program, which provides mentoring and support to children impacted by incarceration.

Huffman is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. Ten years ago she married Tennessee native Ed Huffman. They, along with their son E.J., live in Maryville, Tennessee in a home built by hand by Ed’s grandfather.

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