Dr. Helena Nadder, PhD, MSN, MHA, RN, is a native of Charleston, WV. She obtained a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, in 1999, became licensed as an RN, and began practicing psychiatric/mental health nursing of children and adolescents at River Park Hospital in Huntington, WV. During this work as a charge RN, Dr. Nadder obtained a Master of Science in Health Care Administration (MHA) from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. In 2002, she began working as a nurse manager at Mildred Mitchell Bateman Hospital, a state mental health facility for adult patients. In 2005, while managing, she began teaching nursing on a contractual basis for Mountain State University.
Developing a love for teaching, Dr. Nadder continued her education, achieving a masters in nursing (MSN) in 2007 from Marshall University. She became engaged in various clinical and management roles including becoming Nurse Manager of Behavioral Medicine at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, KY, Director of Nursing at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, OH, and being appointed as the Chief Nursing Officer for The Ohio Hospital of Psychiatry in Columbus, OH. In total, Dr. Nadder was in hospital management for eight years before making the switch to education and becoming full time faculty. She pursued a PhD in Nursing Education from Capella University, and graduated in September of 2018. Over her 15-year career in nursing education, Dr. Nadder has taught both on campus and online, to include students seeking associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees, and master's degrees in nursing. Dr. Nadder is currently teaching courses online for two universities.
Dr. Nadder is married and a mother to a 6-year-old little girl. She plays the piano and enjoys working out, reading, and playing tennis in addition to watching reality TV. Dr. Nadder enjoys research and writing articles for publication. Additionally, she serves as a volunteer at her daughter’s school, for the girl scouts, at her church, and in the Jacksonville community.