Ph.D Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies, Iowa State University (2008)
MN, Nursing Administration/ Education, University of Oregon Health Sciences Center (1980)
BSN, University of Iowa (1972)
Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified (NEA-BC)
Advice to Students
Make the most of your education and it will make the most of you.
Clinical Experience- Maternal-Child Nursing and Pediatrics 5 years
Nursing Administration 20 years
Nursing Education 3 years
Educational Leadership-15 years
Research Interests and Professional Projects
Co-Presenter at Mercy Team Quality Pillar: Mercy College NCLEX-RX First Time Pass Rates at MCHS.
Co-authored manuscript, Faculty Support for ESL Students: Action Plan for Student Success, published in July 2012, Nursing Education Perspectives.
Masters Thesis-Participative Decision Making and Work Satisfaction of Nursing Faculty
Doctoral Dissertation-Second Fiddle? An Interpretive Study of Followers of Servant Leaders
Presented Doctoral Dissertation Research at Mercy Medical Center Advancing Evidence-Based Practice Forum on April 21, 2009
Interview with Dean Borg, Iowa Public Radio on March 19, 2009
Presented Doctoral Dissertation Research at Digma Theta Tau International Annual Evening of Research on March 10, 2009
Presented Doctoral Dessertation Research at the Mercy College Lunch and Lean on February 19, 2009
Presented the Relationship of HESI Scores and NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rates at Mercy Medical Center Advancing Evidence-Based Practice Forum
Co-Chair of Mercy College of Health Sciences 2011-2014 Strategic Planning Committee
Iowa Association of Colleges of Nursing
Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society of Education
Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing
Shirley has two daughters. Kelsey is a Nurse Practicioner and works as a Pediatric Hospitalist in Des Moines. Kelsey and her husband, Ben, have two daughters and a son: Charlotte, Eleanora and Michael. Her daughter, Whitney, has her Masters in Accounting from the University of Kansas and works in Kansas City. My interests include cooking, walking for fitness, hiking, biking, IOWA football, and traveling. I love spending time with my children and grandchildren.