Thelma Sword, EdD
School of Nursing Faculty Associate
Having been a registered nurse for 40+ years, Thelma Sword, EdD, MSN, CNE, discovered a love for home health and hospice care early in her nursing career. Prior to employment with Graceland University, she was employed in some aspect of home care since 1979: staff nurse, manager, director, health department administrator, state surveyor, Bureau Chief of Home Health Licensing and Certification for Missouri, and education consultant for a Medicare contracted fiscal intermediary responsible for home health and hospice education for providers in fifteen states. Dr. Sword has had many leadership and administrative experiences in these various positions and has seen many changes in the healthcare industry during her time as a nurse.
Dr. Sword teaches community health, leadership, and reflective practice in Graceland University’s online RN-BSN program. She received her BSN from Graceland and her MSN from Drake University. In 2007, she completed her dissertation and earned her doctorate in education from University of Phoenix. While working on her dissertation, Dr. Sword learned a great deal about the value and potential of online education. Helping new nursing faculty transition to the online teaching and learning environment in her role as the School of Nursing Online Teaching and Learning Coordinator has been gratifying. Through the years, she has presented workshops, and published on hospice care planning and online teaching and learning.
In her personal time, Dr. Sword loves spending time working in her yard and enjoying every moment with her five grandchildren. Nurturing growth in others is rewarding, engaging and satisfying.