Dr. Barbara Whitman Lancaster

Assistant Professor

Dr. Barbara Whitman Lancaster
(615) 898-5843
Room 226, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (CKNB)
MTSU Box 81, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • DNP, Frontier Nursing University (2015)
  • MSN, Frontier Nursing University (2013)
  • ASN, St Petersburg College (1982)

Areas of Expertise

  • Development of community-based menopause workshops for women in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee
  • Success of small study groups in an online Doctor of Nurse Practitioner (DNP) program
  • Increasing health hygiene awareness in older women in West African villages
  • Service-Learning in Community/Public Health Nursing students
  • Women's health Nurse Practitioner 
  • Certified Menopause Practitioner

Biography

Dr. Lancaster is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. She earned both her Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Masters Degrees at Frontier Nursing University. Dr. Lancaster is a practicing women’s health nurse practitioner and a certified menopause practitioner through the North American Menopause Society. She received IRB approval through MTSU for her research in; Development of a Menopause Workshop… for the Women of the Upper Cumberland Region of TN…Menopause ~ ...

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Dr. Lancaster is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. She earned both her Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Masters Degrees at Frontier Nursing University. Dr. Lancaster is a practicing women’s health nurse practitioner and a certified menopause practitioner through the North American Menopause Society. She received IRB approval through MTSU for her research in; Development of a Menopause Workshop… for the Women of the Upper Cumberland Region of TN…Menopause ~ Reimagined!  Dr. Lancaster presented her work in this area at the DNP conference in 2015, the North American Menopause Society annual conference in October 2016 and the International Conference on Nursing in San Antonio in 2017 where she also served as the Conference Moderator.  Dr. Lancaster published a paper for the International Journal of the Whole Child regarding the importance of nurse practitioners to be educated in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as she identified this need in working with her patients.

In the academic realm Dr. Lancaster has been an innovator in teaching the undergraduate nursing course, Community/Public Health Nursing. Students conduct a windshield survey of a community and identify a problem/need and return to the community and perform a service project. Dr. Lancaster presented her students work at the annual State of Tennessee Governors Volunteerism Conference in 2020. Dr. Lancaster wishes to continue her work with women and menopause education as well as her recent interest regarding anxiety and nursing students. Dr. Lancaster has also applied for the MTSU - EXL program/grant to incorporate a "pen pal" concept between students and nursing home residents.

She recently achieved the status of “Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider.” Dr. Lancaster writes for her hometown newspaper, The Sparta Expositor, in a monthly article about a health or wellness issue. Dr. Lancaster joined MTSU in 2015 where she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Dr. Lancaster considers teaching to be her calling and she is honored to be able to serve not only her students but the patients she continues to see. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and the North American Menopause Society. She is active in medical missions in West Africa and nationally.  She was a recipient of the Governor’s Tennessee Leadership White County award in 2012. Barbara, a Florida native, resides in Sparta, TN with her husband and their canine/feline menagerie! Her greatest joy is that of “Grama” to Paisley, Sammy, and Lily!

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Publications

 

Lancaster BW and Evans VS. (2017) Let’s Get it Right, Who Are We? Madridge Journal of Nursing. 2017;2(2): 69-71.
doi: 10.18689/mjn-1000112

Lancaster, B. (2017). Conference Proceeding. Development of a Community Based Menopause Workshop...Menopause Re-Imagined for the Upper Cumberland Region of TN. The 28th International Conference on Family Nursing and Healthcare. Vol 2, 4. 

Lancaster, B., Wilson, T., and Wetsell, K. (2019). ACEs and Healthcare: ...

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Lancaster BW and Evans VS. (2017) Let’s Get it Right, Who Are We? Madridge Journal of Nursing. 2017;2(2): 69-71.
doi: 10.18689/mjn-1000112

Lancaster, B. (2017). Conference Proceeding. Development of a Community Based Menopause Workshop...Menopause Re-Imagined for the Upper Cumberland Region of TN. The 28th International Conference on Family Nursing and Healthcare. Vol 2, 4. 

Lancaster, B., Wilson, T., and Wetsell, K. (2019). ACEs and Healthcare: Creating a Postive Future. International Journal of the Whole Child, Vol. 4, 1

Lancaster, B. (2020). Gratitude: A Lifestyle Worth Developing. The International Journal of the Whole Child, Vol. 5, 1

Lancaster, B. (2020). Dress for Summer. The Sparta Expositor. June 2020

Lancaster, B. (2020). Fuel up for Summer. The Sparta Expositor. July 2020

Lancaster, B. (2020). Hand Hygiene? The Sparta Expositor. August 2020

Lancaster, B. (2020). Menopause Re-Imagined. The Sparta Expositor. October 2020

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Presentations

Recent Presentations:

Doctors of Nursing Practice 2015 : Menopause Workshops (oral and poster presentation)

North American Menopause Society 2016: Development of Community Based Menopause Workshops in the Upper Cumberland Region of TN (Oral Presentation)

28th International Conference of Family Nursing and Healthcare 2017: Results from the Pilot Study of Menopause Workshops (Oral Presentation and Conference Moderator)

Faculty Research Series/College of Behaviora...

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Recent Presentations:

Doctors of Nursing Practice 2015 : Menopause Workshops (oral and poster presentation)

North American Menopause Society 2016: Development of Community Based Menopause Workshops in the Upper Cumberland Region of TN (Oral Presentation)

28th International Conference of Family Nursing and Healthcare 2017: Results from the Pilot Study of Menopause Workshops (Oral Presentation and Conference Moderator)

Faculty Research Series/College of Behavioral and Health Sciences/MTSU 2017: Compilation of Research on Menopause Workshops

Governors State of TN Conference on Volunteerism 2020: DISCOVERY...Integration of Service-Learning into a Community/Public Health Nursing Course (Exhibit)

Mission Board/TN: Medical Missions in West Africa

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Awards

State of TN - Governors Award - Leadership White County

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Research / Scholarly Activity

* Menopause Education/Post menopause interests (ongoing)

* Anxiety and nursing students (currently undergoing research)

* Service-Learning and Community/Public Health Nursing Students (ongoing)

 

Creative Activity

Judge for the Amazing Shake at Walter Hill Elementary 

Judge for research projects/Central Magnet School

Presentor for the Blackman High Scholars

Operation Christmas Child

Textbook reviewer for Wolters-Klower; JB Publishers and Lippincott

Editoral Board for the International Journal of the Whole Child/ Family Health section

Poster reviewer for the Southern Regional Board of Education/annual conference

Medical Missions - leader/organizer

 

In the Media

MTSU Media Interview - COVID-19 and MTSU Nursing Students. Interviewed by Gina Louge

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Press Release - National Certification Corporation

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MTSU Media Interview - COVID-19 and MTSU Nursing Students. Interviewed by Gina Louge

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Press Release - National Certification Corporation

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Special Projects

* Team Captain for the School of Nursing - Rutherford Heart Walk (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020)

Courses

Fall 2020 Courses:

* Professionalism - NURS 3000

* Caring for Community - NURS 4370

* Caring for Community Clinical - NURS 4380

* FNP I - Women's Health - NURS 6601

* FNP I - Women's Health Clinical - NURS 6602

Recent: Authored/Developed new MSN course: Nurse Practitioner Role in Healthcare and Leadership - NURS 6014 (roll out Spring 2021)