School of Nursing Mission and Philosophy

Mission

In accordance with the mission statement of Rasmussen University, the School of Nursing mission is to cultivate a learning environment that develops a skill set for critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment. The School of Nursing strives to educate students in the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide safe and competent nursing care in the diverse communities we serve.

Philosophy

The School of Nursing Philosophy is anchored in the belief that nursing education should prepare students to function safely and effectively in the role of the nurse. We believe that nursing education should provide students an opportunity to progress within a laddered curriculum in order to enhance the profession of nursing and to serve as a foundation for life-long learning.

Nurses should be prepared to provide ethical, holistic, and compassionate care to diverse populations in a variety of settings. These goals are accomplished by including the standards set forth by our governing bodies, as well as evidenced-based research provided by our colleagues, and the values and criteria promoted by our national nursing organizations into our curriculum.

School Leadership

Dr. John Smith-Coppes, EdD, MBA

Vice President and Executive Director of Nursing

Education: EdD, Benedictine University; MBA, Bethel University; BACC, University of San Diego

Dr. Alexandra Torres, DNP, MBA, RN

Regional Dean of Nursing, North Central

Education: DNP, South University; MBA and BSN, University of Tampa; BSN, University of South Florida

Dr. Joan Rich, DNP, RN, PHN, FCN

Vice President, School of Nursing

Education: DNP, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; MLS, University of Minnesota; BA, College of St. Scholastica

Dr. Kari Luoma, PhD, RN

BSN Program Director, School of Nursing; Interim Dean of Nursing, Mankato

Education: PhD, Capella University; MSN, Clarkson College; BSN, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

Dr. Georgia Vest, DNP, RN

Senior Dean, School of Nursing

Education: DNP and MSN, University of Southern Indiana; BSN, Eastern Kentucky University

Dr. Lynn Bilder, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC

Director of Curriculum, School of Nursing

Education: PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; MSN, University of Cincinnati; BSN, Marywood University

Dr. Kelly McCullough, DNP, ARNP

Regional Dean of Nursing, South Central

Education: DNP, University of South Alabama; MS and BS, University of South Florida

Dr. Josh Hamilton, DNP, RN-BC, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CTMH, CNE, FAANP

Dean and Graduate Program Director, National Online

Education: DNP, Rush University, Chicago; MS and BS, University of Wyoming; AS and ADN, Casper College

Michelle Howard, MSN, RN, CNS, CHSE

National Simulation Director

Education: MSN, Liberty University; BSN, Southwest Baptist University

Deanna Wolfskeil, MSN, RN

Associate Director of Faculty Development

Education: MS, Florida Atlantic University; BSN, Mississippi University for Women

Minnesota

Dr. Krista Hoekstra, EdD, RN, PHN

Area Dean of Nursing, Bloomington, Blaine, Lake Elmo/Woodbury

Education: EdD, MA and BS, Bethel University

Shantelle Smith, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing, Moorhead

Education: MSN, Sacred Heart University; BSN, Medcenter One College of Nursing; BA, St. Cloud State University

Kristopher Kallies, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing, Bloomington

Education: MS and BS, The University of Arizona; ADN, Minneapolis Community and Technical College; LPN, Hennepin Technical College

Dr. Audrey Charchenko, DNP, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing, Fargo

Education: DNP and MSN: Nursing Administration, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND; BSN, Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND

Cheryl Lassen, MSN, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing, Bloomington

Education: MSN, Western Governors University; BSN, College of Saint Benedict

Sarah Kacena, PH, MSN

Dean of Nursing, Blaine

Education: In process of receiving Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Grand Canyon University; MSN, Western Governors University; BSN, University of North Dakota; ADN, Northland Community and Technical College

Dr. Kathleen Smith, DNP, RN, PHN, MSL

Dean of Nursing, Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove

Education: DNP, St. Catherine University; MSN and BSN, University of Miami

Dr. Shirl Pelham-Bennett, DNP, RN, CHE

Associate Dean of Nursing, National Online

Education: DNP, Chamberlain University; MSN, Regis University; BSN, East Stroudsburg University, School of Nursing

Jacqueline James, MSN, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing, Lake Elmo/Woodbury

Education: MSN-Ed, Western Governor’s University; BSN, Minnesota State Mankato

Sandra Bogenrief, MSN, MBA, RN

Dean of Nursing, St. Cloud

Education: MSN, Grand Canyon University; BSN, Bethel University

Dr. Sabrina Ehmke, DNP, RNC-OB, NPD-BC, PHN

Dean of Nursing, Mankato

Education: DNP, American Sentinel University; MSN, Grand Canyon University; BSN, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Megan Leach, MSN, CEN

Associate Dean of Nursing, Eagan

Education: MSN, Western Governors University; BSN, College of Saint Scholastica; ADN, Anoka-Ramsey Community College; LPN, Anoka Technical College

Illinois

Laila Torres, MSN, RN

Area Dean of Nursing, Aurora, Mokena/Tinley Park, Romeoville, Rockford

Education: MSN, Chamberlain University; BSN, South University; ADN, William Rainey Harper College

Dr. Elizabeth Pacheco, DNP, MSN, RN, CWCN, ADN

Associate Dean of Nursing, Aurora

Education: DNP and MSN, Chamberlain University; BSN and ADN, Columbia College Recinto de Yauco

Dr. Linda Taylor, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Dean, Rockford

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; MSN, Northern Illinois University; BS, Rockford College

Dr. Sandy Boffa, PhD, MSN, RN, CHPN

Associate Dean of Nursing, Romeoville/Joliet

Education: MSN and BSN, Chamberlain University

Dr. Maria F. Martinez, DNP, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing, Mokena/Tinley Park

Education: DNP, University of St. Francis; MSN, Resurrection University; BSN, Aurora University

Florida

Maura Stafford, MSN, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing, Tampa/Brandon

Education: MSN, University of South Florida; BSN, University of Panama

Karen Guty, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing, Ocala

Education: DNP and MSN, Duquesne University; BSN, Penn State University

Brooke Cobb, MSN, MHA, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing, Tampa/Brandon

Education: MHA, MSN/Ed and BSN, University of Phoenix; ADN, Fairmont State University

Dawn McLaughlin, MSN, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing, Ocala

Education: MSN-MHA and BSN, University of Phoenix; ADN, Central Florida Community College

Lisa Johnson, MSN/Ed, RN, LPN

Dean of Nursing, Fort Myers

Education: MSN/Ed, Walden University; ADN, Rasmussen College; LPN, Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology

Alexandria Carey, MSN MBA-HC, RN, CNE, CPEN, CEN

Associate Dean of Nursing, Ocala

Education: MSN and MBA-HC, University of Phoenix; BSN, California State University Northridge

Mary Kohler, PhD, RN

Dean of Nursing, Central Pasco

Education: PhD, University of South Florida; MS in Nursing and BSN, Florida Atlantic University; AAS, Salem College

Dr. Allison Hamilton, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing, Ocala School of Nursing/Orlando

Education: DNP, Nova Southeastern University; MSN, University of Phoenix; BSN, Florida A&M University

Kara Walls, MS, APNP-C

Area Dean of Nursing, Central Pasco

Education: DNP, University of North Florida; MSN, University of Tennessee; BS, East Tennessee State University

Dr. Miriam Steil, DNP, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing, Central Pasco

Education: DNP and MSN, American Sentinel University; MPA/MADIR, Seton Hall University; BSN, Oral Roberts University

Wisconsin

Julie Williams, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing, Green Bay

Education: MSN-Ed, University of Phoenix – Nursing Education; BSN, University of Phoenix – Nursing; ADN, Bay De Noc Community College – Nursing

Jennifer Koback, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing, Wausau

Education: MSN, Grand Canyon University; BSN, University of WI – Eau Claire

Texas

Dr. Qjana Ross, DNP, RN, CVRN, CNE

Dean of Nursing, future Dallas

Education: DNP, Chamberlain University; MSN and BSN, Texas Tech University – HSC; BS – SUNY at Stonybrook University; ADN, Houston Community College

Kansas

Jamie Magana, MSN, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing, Topeka/Overland Park

Education: MSN, University of Kansas; BSN, Emporia State University

Sharon White-Lewis, PhD, RN

Dean of Nursing, Topeka/Overland Park

Education: Ph.D. UMKC, MSN and BSN, Webster University; Diploma, Research School of Nursing

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