Elizabeth H. Mahaffey, PhD, RN
Biographical Sketch

Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Mahaffey is the Dean, Nursing and Allied Health, at Hinds Community College in Jackson, Mississippi. Libby has worked at Hinds for 24 years, teaching for 22 years in the Associate Degree Nursing program. She also has more than 25 years of clinical experience, primarily in critical care, with 18 years as joint practice as a nurse educator. Dr. Mahaffey received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi College, a Master of Science in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing with a Cross-Cultural Emphasis and Teaching Role from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Mahaffey has been a leader in curriculum development and program evaluation at Hinds and has served as a consultant in these areas for numerous associate degree nursing programs. Libby has made numerous presentations on a variety of subjects across the nation. Other professional activities include serving as an item writer for the NCLEX-RNģ, as a peer reviewer for federal grants, and as a leadership and strategic planning consultant. Dr. Mahaffey has also been a clinical adjunct instructor for students in Masterís degree and doctoral programs. She has served as a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission program evaluator and panel review member for associate degree nursing and practical nursing programs.

Active in numerous professional organizations, Dr. Mahaffey is a Past-President of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN). She remains active in the state and national organization, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the N-OADN Foundation. Other professional memberships include the National League for Nursing, Mississippi Nurses Association (ANA), National Association for Career and Technical Education, Mississippi Council of Deans and Directors of Schools of Nursing, Mississippi Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), and the Southern Regional Education Boardís Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing.

Dr. Mahaffey serves on many professional and community boards including the Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce, ONW Residency Grant Advisory Board, Jackson Public Schools HealthCHEK Advisory Group, and Mississippi Rural Health Corps. Libby has also served on several national consortiums involving nursing education, practice, and regulation.

Libby has received numerous awards and honors and has been inducted into the following honor societies: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing - Gamma Lambda Chapter and Omicron Lambda Chapter, Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society, Gamma Beta Phi Society, and Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society - Tau Chapter. She was awarded a Full Study Grant from the U.S. Federal Government for her Masterís education. Dr. Mahaffey has published a book chapter, and articles in journals and professional organization newsletters.