Year Started at Mercy College 2010

Courses Regularly Taught

  • NSG 485 - BSN Professional Nursing Practice
  • NSG 483 - Theories of Leadership and Management
  • NSG 426 - Genomics, Aging and End of Life
  • NSG 425 - Advocacy and Health Policy
  • NSG 418 - Research and Evidenced Based Practice
  • NSG 413 - Holistic Nursing
  • NSG 404 – Program Orientation and Professional Writing
  • NSG 336 - Spirituality
  • NSG 338 - Neuroscience Trends

Education

  • 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)
  • Curriculum Development, Curriculum Writer (pre-licensure BSN and RN to BSN programs)
  • 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
  • Master’s 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 NSG/NUR Spirituality course
    • Curriculum developer for 7 of the 9 courses in the new RN to BSN curriculum (launched in the Fall 2018)
    • Curriculum co-developer of multiple courses in the pre-licensure BSN program

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • 2017 – 12th Annual Research Symposium (poster presenter), Mercy College of Health Sciences on Appreciative Inquiry Process Applied to BSN Curriculum Revision
  • 2016 –School of Nursing Retreat (co-presenter), Mercy College of Health Sciences on Appreciative Inquiry Process Applied to BSN Curriculum Revision
  • 2015 – 10th Annual Research Symposium (poster co-presenter), Mercy College of Health Sciences on Pathways to Healthcare Careers – Iowa
  • 2014 – Pathways to Healthcare Careers – Iowa (presenter) Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • 2013 - Pathways to Healthcare Careers – Iowa (presenter) Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2012 – Pathways to Healthcare Careers Iowa (presenter) Latinos Unidos, Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2012 – Pathways to Healthcare Careers – Iowa (presenter) Iowa Heart Center, Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2011 – Pathways to Healthcare Careers – Iowa (presenter) 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 knowledge development in nursing professionals who are dedicated to provide compassionate care to the individuals they serve. It is a rich blessing to have worked in the fields of cardiac/critical care nursing field, adult education, and federal grant management assisting refugees and immigrants entering healthcare professions. My personal interests center upon spending time with family, biking, gardening and traveling.