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Meet Kelly Arraf

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

Hebrews 10:24-25, NIV

After moving from Canada, Professor Arraf joined East Texas Baptist University as an Assistant Professor of Nursing in 2023. Drawing on over two decades of experience, she has worked as an adjunct clinical nursing instructor at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University while keeping a position as a critical care nurse in the operating and recovery room.

Professor Arraf was born and raised in Calgary, Canada, attending the University of Calgary to obtain her Bachelor of Nursing degree in 2000 and her Master of Nursing degree in 2003. Commencing teaching in 2009, she has worked with baccalaureate, fast-track, and internationally trained nurses. Professor Arraf is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) passionate about lifelong learning and holds medical simulation, post-operative care, peri-operative, and faith-community nursing certifications. Professor Arraf is pursuing her Ph.D. in Nursing Education Leadership at Liberty University and is currently a Ph.D. (c) candidate working on her dissertation.

Professor Arraf's research interests include post-operative and palliative pain management, student nurse outcomes during preceptorship, and nursing ethics. Having taken the NCLEX to relocate to the US, she is also interested in preparation strategies for NG-NCLEX success. Professor Arraf believes that any student who feels called to nursing can be a competent, safe, and successful registered nurse with hard work and faculty support.

Professor Arraf's nursing passion has been her volunteer medical experiences, where she has spent time sharing her skills and love of missionary work in developing countries, including Haiti and Guatemala. Her dream is to share the joy of mission work with her students and create a lifelong love of nursing as a Christian ministry that serves others. Professor Arraf's greatest happiness is spending time with her four amazing children and collection of animals, traveling, or spending time anywhere outdoors.