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Sylvia Rayfield

Sylvia Rayfield, M.N., RN, CNS, is an internationally known nurse educator, entrepreneur and business leader who serves as a consultant to many universities and community colleges nationwide. She is well known for providing positive direction and motivation to nursing programs seeking to improve NCLEX outcomes. Sylvia Rayfield
Rayfield’s expertise includes nursing practice, education, management and faculty development. Known for her ability to motivate individuals to achieve personal greatness, she is a frequent speaker at nursing conventions and on college campuses. The founder of Sylvia Rayfield & Associates, Inc., she continues to serve as the chairwoman of the board.
Rayfield is the retired executive director and principal of ICAN Publishing, Inc., and president of Pathways, Inc. Her experience includes developing, marketing and distributing books. She has authored or coauthored a number of books, including, Pathways of Teaching Nursing: Keeping it Real; Nursing Made Insanely Easy; Pharmacology Made Insanely Easy; NCLEX-RN® 101: How to Pass! and NCLEX-PN 101: How to Pass!
She has held tenured appointments at Northwestern State University in Shreveport, La., and the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga. Other professional activities include consultation for the National Endowment of Humanities, an accreditation visitor for the National League for Nursing and a National League of Nursing board member. A 1959 graduate of Samford University, Rayfield serves as a member on the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing advisory board. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ida V. Moffett Living Legacy Award and the nursing school’s Courage to Care Award.

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