About Us

Kim Oswald

Courses Regularly Taught

  • NSG 485 - BSN Professional Role II
  • NSG 423 - Principles of Teaching/Learning
  • NSG 438 – Theories of Leadership and Management
  • NSG 336 - Spirituality
  • NSG 338 - Neuroscience Trends

Year Started at Mercy College 2010


  • Ed.D., Adult Education/Leadership, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Ed.S., Drake University, Des Moines, IA
  • MSN, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • BSN, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Advice to Students

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Life offers us many opportunities to develop and learn - embrace each opportunity!

Clinical/Field Experience

  • Adult Education and Leadership, Nursing Education, Clinical Nursing (Cardiac/Critical Care)
  • Collaborative Federal Grant management - Pathways to Health Care Careers-Iowa program (2010-2013)

Research Interests and Professional Projects

  • Doctoral Dissertation - Nurses' Perceptions of Spirituality and Spiritual Care
  • Masters Thesis - Patient Descriptions of a Critical Care Environment within which Healing is Fostered
  • Areas of interest include Nursing/Adult Education, Leadership Development, Spirituality within Nursing, and Curriculum Development
  • Pathways to Health Care Careers (Iowa) - research project facilitator/researcher
  • Curriculum Development
    • Development of the Spirituality course, a 1 credit elective course
    • Development of the Leadership and Management course, a 3 credit course in the RN to BSN completion program
    • Co-development of the Concepts of Teaching and Learning, a 3 credit course in the BSN program

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • 2015 – Pathways to Healthcare Careers – Iowa (poster presenter), Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • 2014 – Pathways to Healthcare Careers – Iowa, Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • 2013 - Pathways to Healthcare Careers – Iowa, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2012 – Pathways to Healthcare Careers – Iowa, Latinos Unidos, Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2012 – Pathways to Healthcare Careers – Iowa, Iowa Heart Center, Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2011 – Pathways to Healthcare Careers – United Way, Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2009 - International Training Leadership Summit Presenter, San Diego, CA "Marathon Leadership Development: Commitment, Challenge, Victory."

Professional Memberships:

  • National League for Nurses (NLN)
  • Pathways Research Committee Chair, Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • Community Service Involvement
  • I actively support my local church and community based non-profit organizations focused upon cardiac health, Parkinson’s Disease and health/wellness.

Personal History

It brings great joy to support the development of knowledge, skills and abilities to become a compassion nurse who provides exceptional care for patients, families, and the community. It is a rich blessing to work in cardiac/critical care nursing field, the field of adult education, and federal grant management assisting refugees and immigrants entering healthcare professions. My personal interests center upon spending time with family, gardening, exercising, and traveling.

Quick Info

Kim Oswald, Ed.D, MSN, RN
Associate Professor, Nursing
(515) 643-6797

Office Location
Building 1, Room 216

Office Hours
By appointment

Mailing Address
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1239