Driven by his love for nursing and its potential to inspire change for the promotion of health, Dr. Larry Goins has worked in nursing practice, education, and administration for more than 25 years. After graduating with a Master of Science degree in nursing, he began fulfilling his dream of becoming a nurse educator. Dr. Goins has developed a strong foundation in traditional, online, and flexible delivery systems of nursing education. He has served as faculty, Chair and Founding Dean in several nursing education programs in the Southeast.
Dr. Goins earned his D.N.P. from East Carolina University with a focus on nursing leadership, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Argosy University Atlanta in higher education leadership, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Andrews University, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) from Tennessee Technological University. He began his professional nursing career upon graduating from Baroness Erlanger Hospital School of Nursing in Chattanooga, TN. He is a Tennessee licensed Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse. Dr. Goins is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult/Gerontological Nursing and Nurse Executive. He is also a member of the American Nurses Association, Tennessee Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.
Dr. Goins resides in East Tennessee where he was recently in active practice in rural healthcare as Director of Acute Care and Medical/Surgical Nursing and served as Dean of Nursing.