Year Started at Mercy College 1990


  • Ph.D., Iowa State University
  • M.S.N., Drake University 
  • B.S.N., Drake University
  • R.N., Mercy School of Nursing              


  • Registered Nurse Iowa Board of Nursing

Clinical/Field Experience

  • Higher Learning Commission Peer Review Corp (2013 to present)
  • Coordinate grants for Mercy College
  • Accelerated BSN and Pre-Licensure BSN
  • Community Health course clinical--Volunteer
  • Accelerated BSN and Pre-Licensure BSN
  • Community Health course clinical--Volunteer
  • Online BSN courses prn
  • Community Health course clinical
  • Past Dean of Institutional Research, Assessment and Grants/Distance Education (2007-2015)
  • Co-Chaired the 2014 Higher Learning Commission Re-Affirmation Self-Study and Site Visit
  • Major contributor on the 2017 and 2015 Iowa Board of Nursing Self-Study and Site Visits
  • Major contributor on the 2015 Collegiate Commission of Nursing Education Self-Study and Site Visit
  • Mercy Medical Center Institutional Review Board (2004 to current; past member/current sub)

Research Interests and Professional Projects

  • 2011 to 2015 Co-researcher on Pathways to Healthcare-Iowa study, Telligan Grant
  • 2010 to present serve in the role of grant-writing coordination at Mercy College
  • 2010-2011 and 2013-2014 Co-Chair MCHS Research Committee
  • 2010-2013 Reviewer for HRSA grants
  • Dissertation focused on critical thinking (2002)
  • A Mixed-Method Study on the Meaning of Compassion as Perceived by Faculty and Students in a Small Health Sciences College. Group Poster Presentation: Mercy Medical Center’s Advancing Evidence Based Practice Program Series  (2010)

Recent Publications

  • Application of Cummins Model to Retain Limited English Proficiency Learners, Co-Presented at Higher Learning Commission Conference, Chicago, IL (2013)
  • The Low Down on Evidence Based Practice Presented at the 13th Annual Iowa Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Conference (2011)
  • Communicating Meaningful and Measurable Institutional Data to College Constituents, co-presented at the Higher Learning Commission Conference Chicago, Illinois (2010)
  • The Birth and Growth of a Collaborative Research Group: A Panel Discussion, Co-presented over ICN for Iowa League for Nursing Annual Meeting (2009)
  • Getting to Know You: An Online Orientation for an RN to BSN Program (Co-author: The Journal of Nursing Education, 2009)
  • Advancing Evidence-Based Practice: A Program Series (Co-author: The Journal of Continuing Nursing Education, 2008)
  • Integrating Mind-Mapped Care Plans as a Teaching Strategy: An Innovative Educational Tool as an Alternative to the Traditional Care Plan (Co-author: The Journal of Nursing Education, 2006)

Professional Memberships

  • Assisted in development of the Zeta Chi-At Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau (serve as Board Member/Member)
  • Grant Professionals Association (Member)
  • National League for Nursing (Member; Past Board Member)
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Member)