Julie Furrow Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, Professor
Kathy Wheeler, Ph.D., RN, APRN, FNP-C, FNAP, FAANP, Professor
Lori Spies, Ph.D., FNP-C, Professor
LuAnn Etcher, Ph.D., FNP, Professor
Mary Helming, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, AHN-BC, Professor
Stacen Keating, Ph.D., RN, Professor
Theresa Jones, Ph.D., RN, Professor
Christina Carter, DNP, MBA, RN Associate Professor
Melissa Pollard, DNP, RN-BC, APRN, FNP/GNP-BC, CEN, CCRN, WCC, Associate Professor
Mindi Johnson, DNP, RN, CPN, Associate Professor
Ruth Swart, EdD, MHS, BN, BSC, RN, Associate Professor
Suzanne Bassett Ph.D., Associate Professor
Anjana Mathews, MSN, Assistant Professor
Barbara Dasque, DHS, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor
Bonnie Velez, FNP, CRNP, Assistant Professor
Buffy Reilly, MSN, RN, APN, Assistant Professor
Carla Crider, MSN, RN, RNC-OB Assistant Professor
Chaka Brittain, DNP, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor
Emilee Tatum, MSN, FNP-C, Assistant Professor
Jacqueline Christianson, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor
Judith Weimer, DNP, RN, FNP-C, MBA, CDE, BC-ADM, Assistant Professor
Kelly S Schmiedeknecht MS, RN, Assistant Professor
Martha Awoke, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor
Miranda Smith, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor
Sally Fitzgerald, MSN, RN, CCM, Assistant Professor
Sarah Fielder, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor
Shuba Samuel, PhD (c), FNP-C, Assistant Professor
Vicky Keys DNP, MSN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC, Assistant Professor
Victoria Sattler, Ph.D., RN, Assistant Professor
Amy Humphrey, BSN, RN, CPN, Adjunct Instructor
Angela Gathings, MSN, RN, Adjunct Instructor
Beth Sheeran, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE, Adjunct Instructor
Captain Janice Adams-King, MSN, MS, CRNP, CPHN, Adjunct Instructor
Evang Sam Mbok, BSN-c, RN, Adjunct Instructor
Josephine Francis, MSN, RN, RM, IBCLC, Adjunct Instructor
Lori Greer, MSN, RN, Adjunct Instructor
Marissa Trino, MSN, Adjunct Instructor
Rebecca Kam Ming, MSc, RN, Adjunct Instructor
Sheila Mulkey Hardy, MSN, RN, Adjunct Instructor
Dorrett Murdock, RGN, BSC, Graduate Assistant
Hannah Gubitz, BSN, BSC, RN, Graduate Assistant
MEET THE FACULTY
Julie Furrow, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
Julie Furrow is a nurse educator from Bridgeport, West Virginia. She enjoys combining her Christian faith with the care of patients and the teaching of students. Dr. Furrow began her nursing career when she enrolled in a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing program at Alderson-Broaddus College located in Philippi, West Virginia. After graduation from Alderson-Broaddus, Dr. Furrow began caring for patients at Fairmont General Hospital in Fairmont, WV. She soon moved back to her hometown of Beckley, West Virginia where she began taking care of patients in an oncology/medical-surgical nursing unit. After three years of oncology and medical-surgical nursing, Dr. Furrow worked for a hospice and provided care to terminally ill patients in their homes.
During her hospice years, Dr. Furrow enrolled in a Master of Science in Nursing program and studied nursing administration and education. After graduation, Dr. Furrow became a hospice manager. She managed a hospital-owned hospice for six years. During the years of hospice administration, Dr. Furrow returned to school for a Post-Master’s Certificate from the Family Nurse Practitioner program at West Virginia University. While in school, Dr. Furrow was offered a teaching position at her alma mater, Alderson Broaddus University. Soon after graduation from the nurse practitioner program, Dr. Furrow enrolled in a doctoral program for Nursing Education at Capella University.
Dr. Furrow now teaches in the online RN-BSN program at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia and has completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in education with emphasis in nursing education from Capella University. She also works as a nurse practitioner in rehabilitation and physical medicine.
Kathy Wheeler PhD, RN, APRN, FNP-C, FNAP, FAANP
Kathy Wheeler, PhD, RN, APRN, FNP-C, FNAP, FAANP is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing in the DNP Program, currently serving as Interim Co-Coordinator of the Primary Care NP Program. She has taught over 200 continuing education workshops and published extensively. Areas of practice and research include distance education, policy, diabetes care, medication adherence, international NP issues, credentialing and competence, and the future of advanced practice. She has served as Executive Director of the KCNPNM, working on policy issues for the state of Kentucky then, before and since. She has also served as a Commissioner of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program for many years. After many years serving as the AANP Region 4 Director and AANP Kentucky State Representative she now serves as Treasurer as well as Chair of the AANP International Committee.
Lori Spies, PhD, FNP-C
Dr. Lori A. Spies is an assistant professor and the mission coordinator at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. She teaches a graduate global health and missions course and has led an annual international graduate clinical study abroad in Africa since 2005. Dr. Spies is committed to preparing students to be excellent global citizens, health care providers, and Christian nurse leaders. She has had the honor of leading faculty and student missions domestically and internationally to places including China, Ethiopia, Honduras, India, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia. She serves on several university committees and as the Chair of the Baylor University Mission Advisory Council.
Beyond her work at Baylor, Dr. Spies serves on the Inaugural Board of Directors for Lovebound International, an organization that focuses on health and education in Kenya. She is also the clinical education director and a researcher with the North Texas African Health Initiative, an organization that emphasizes building nurse capacity in Uganda. She volunteers locally through her church and facilitates a community garden for refugees from Myanmar.
Working with Ugandan nurse leaders she has facilitated an annual capacity-building workshop for Ugandan nurses since 2007. This effort has resulted in collaborative research endeavors, publications, and international presentations. She is privileged to work alongside colleagues to build capacity in teaching, research, and transformational leadership to improve patient outcomes locally and globally. Her areas of scholarship include task shifting, neonatal asphyxia, and non-communicable diseases.
She and her husband, Richard, have two grown children and a grandson. They enjoy traveling, outdoor activities, and entertaining. Richard and Lori attend Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas.
LuAnn Etcher PhD, APRN, CPG
Dr. LuAnn Etcher is a gerontological nurse practitioner and gerontologist. She has been a nurse practitioner for almost 20 years, and has worked both clinically and in the academic environment.
Stacen Keating, PhD, RN
Stacen Keating, PhD, RN is currently supervising Introduction to Professional Nursing, Fundamentals of Nursing, and Medical/Surgical Nursing at Nurses International. She is also a member of the Nurses Council at Nurses International.
Professor Keating teaches as a full-time faculty member at NYU's Rory Meyers College of Nursing where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor. Courses she is involved in include community health, simulation and adult and elder health courses. In addition, she mentors graduate nursing education students at NYU.
Professor Keating has a varied clinical background in adult health focusing on older adults with acute and chronic illnesses. She has experience in oncology, gerontology, ICU, and HIV/Aids nursing. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Management Science from Binghamton University in New York. She did her nursing education at Columbia University (BS), Northeastern University (Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, MS) and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn, PhD). She also did a post-doctoral fellowship at Penn with researchers focused on utilizing advanced practice nurses to follow vulnerable patients after hospitalization to improve health outcomes.
She has worked as an educator since 2008 in colleges of nursing in New Jersey and New York. Professor Keating is passionate about the work being done at Nurses International. She is excited to be part of a growing team of international educators who seek to develop a program that will result in an increased nursing workforce in underserved areas around the world.
Theresa Jones, PhD, RN
Dr. Theresa Jones earned her Ph.D. from Capella University. She works full-time at Fairmont State University as an Assistant Professor of Nursing and part-time at the VA Medical center as a nursing supervisor. Dr. Jones resides in Clarksburg, West Virginia. She and her husband are the proud parents of three children and grandparents to seven grandchildren. Dr. Jones began nursing as an LPN from United Technical Center, AASN from Regents college and then obtained a BSN and MSN specializing in Nursing Education from South University. She loves to read, walk, swim and enjoy family.
Christina Carter, DNP, MBA
Having grown up in for-profit healthcare, Christina Carter, DNP, MBA has many years of real-world experience in managing staff while meeting financial goals. Chris has over 28 years of experience in clinical and administrative positions in settings from physician practices to integrated health systems, including roles as Chief Nursing Officer and Corporate Director of Clinical Systems. For the last 10 years, Dr. Carter has been consulting with hospitals on care delivery models, documentation support and workforce management, always with an educational focus. Coming from a family of educators, Dr. Carter also has experience in providing online and on premise educational experiences with a focus in healthcare of the elderly, hospital operations & systems, leadership, and quality management. She is an accomplished speaker having presented at various conferences around the United States.
She received a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (Leadership) from Quinnipiac University, Masters of Science in Nursing (Administration) and Bachelors of Science from California State University Dominguez Hills and a Master’s of Business Administration (Healthcare) from the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Carter enjoys traveling and researches healthcare delivery in the countries she visits.
Mary A. Helming, PhD APRN, FNP-BC, AHN-BC
Mary Blaszko Helming has been a Family NP for 37 years and a faculty member at Quinnipiac University for 17 years. She teaches both undergraduate BSN and graduate FNP and AGNP Doctor of Nursing Practice students. Her FNP work has been in family practice, urgent care, occupational and student health, and is currently working assessing Medicare clients in their homes. She feels God wants her to work with the poor nationally and internationally in some capacity and came across NI just doing online searching for missions work. She did sabbatical work in Kentucky in Appalachia and helps serve on the Missions committee in her Methodist church. Mary and her husband have two grown children, a son and also a daughter from Paraguay who came to live with them in 2005. Her degrees are from Boston College (BSN), Yale University (MSN) and Union Institute & University, Cincinnati (Ph.D.). Her Ph.D. is in Nursing Science and Spirituality and her doctoral study was on prayer and healing.
Melissa Pollard, DNP, RN-BC, APRN, FNP/GNP-BC, CEN, CCRN, WCC
Melissa has 31 years of nursing experience, both as a clinician and educator. She is active in educational roles, working in professional staff development with a strong interest in simulation and Team STEPPS. Melissa has also worked for the past 17 years as a Family and Geriatric nurse practitioner in Primary Care and now in a Hospitalist role. She has served as adjunct and associate nursing faculty at several universities in classroom, simulation lab, and online settings; teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes.
Melissa completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Educational Leadership from Case Western Reserve University and is involved in research with simulation, team training and education development. Melissa has spoken regionally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of topics including simulation, team training initiatives, quality improvement, cardiac and pharmacology topics. Melissa has published three articles in peer reviewed journals, teaches Advance Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support, and is a Team STEPPS master trainer.
Melissa’s volunteer activities include serving as co-chair of the NNSDO national task force on simulation for two years, continuing to serve on the INASCL research committee, acting as a peer reviewer for journals in simulation and critical care, being an active AACN education volunteer, and former president of North Eastern Organization of Nurse Educators (NEONE), the regional nursing staff development affiliate, and serving on the NEONE board of directors for five years. She has recently served as a peer reviewer for a chapter in the ANPD core curriculum, and written test questions for an ANCC national exam.
Mindi Johnson, DNP, RN, CPN
Mindi earned her BSN in 2004 as a second degree from Grand Valley State University. She went on to get her MSN with a focus in nursing education in 2007 from Walden University. In 2015 she completed her DNP and is currently preparing to obtain her post-graduate certificate for clinical nurse specialist-adult/geriatric. Mindi began her nursing career at a level I pediatric trauma ED in Detroit, MI. Working here allowed her to care for impoverished children and families in one of the richest nations in the world. While their full-time, she was both a staff nurse and a clinical coordinator. She was very active in the nurse practice council, nursing education and interdisciplinary collaboration. Last year she decided to put her degrees to use and became a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a community hospital in the ICU, intermediate and progressive care units. It has been quite the transition. She still is contingent in the ED because she could never give up bedside nursing completely.
Mindi believes that educating herself and others is key for making the nursing profession greater than it already is. She is a PALS and ENPC instructor. She is active in the Emergency Nurses Association on the national level. She served on the pediatric committee, as a special interest group liaison and is currently on the clinical practice guideline committee. Her new role will allow her to become certified in more areas of nursing. She as always wanted to be a nurse educator. She loves seeing the light go on when students put together the knowledge they have with actual clinical experiences.
Personally, Mindi believes that everyone should give of themselves in some way. She feels that those who have things in life should want to help those who have nothing. When she received the call from Miriam last summer about Nurses International, she felt God was sending her a sign. Her love of teaching was coming together with her need to help those who do not have the same luxuries that she has been afforded. She is very excited to be part of this amazing group of people.
Ruth Swart, EdD, MHS, BN, RN, BSc
Ruth Swart is an instructor with the Faculty of Nursing involved in the education of undergraduate nursing students at all levels of their program. Ruth maintains her practice as a Registered Nurse in acute care-internal medicine working with diverse patient populations and providing care in complex health situations. Her nursing practice strives for patient-centered care, acknowledging the uniqueness of each patient and family situation. She has taught nursing students in community and acute care practice areas, through simulation development and facilitation, through online formats, and in laboratory, practicum, and lecture classroom settings.
She has an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Physiology and Psychology, and a Bachelor of Nursing degree. She is registered with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). She completed a Masters in Health Studies with a focus on Leadership to facilitate capability to support instructors and students. She completed an Educational Doctorate in Educational Technology to support her development as a nursing instructor and to enhance appropriate adoption of learning technology.
Her teaching focus is on developing student critical thinking to facilitate understanding and capability in the provision of safe, quality nursing care. Her perspective aims to support students to develop their own capability to learn, to inquire, to think, and to learn; a nursing practice encompassing lifelong learning. Similar to her nursing practice, her teaching practice strives for learner-centered teaching, responsive to student perspectives to inform on instructional strategies best suited to their learning. Her research interests include constructivism and inquiry, developing critical thinking capability in education, online/blended learning, and facilitating instructor and student teaching and learning.
Anjana Mathews, MSN, RN
Barbara F. Dasque, DHSc., RN, Bio
Dr. Dasque has over 30 years of nursing experience. The bulk of her clinical experience was as a public health nurse in New York City. She has worked in leadership positions in hospital administration and home care. Her most recent experience has been traveling the country evaluating home care organizations and hospices for compliance with Joint Commission, Federal, and State guidelines. A large part of her role as a surveyor is educating staff and executive leadership alike in best practices that promote positive patient outcomes.
When not traveling, Mrs. Dasque enjoys playing with her bulldogs Brutus and Zeus in their backyard. Though raised in the inner city by parents of modest incomes, Mrs. Dasque has always understood the advantages of being born in the United States. The moral imperative to assist others less fortunate has always been a driving force in her life. The opportunity to volunteer to assist with the education of future nurses in developing nations, who in turn will help alleviate the suffering of others, is the perfect capstone to her career and heart desires.
Bonnie Haven Velez, FNP, CRNP
Bonnie Velez is a Family Nurse Practitioner at a retail health clinic in Chester, Maryland. She received her MSN from the University Of Maryland School Of Nursing in 2009. Her BSN from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing was completed in 2003. Currently, she is a DNP student at Wilmington University. Prior to her nursing career, she was a Firefighter in the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, where she met her husband.
Her nursing background includes primary care, public health, and telemetry nursing.
Bonnie resides on Kent Island in Maryland with her husband and youngest son, who is a college student at Towson University. She has 3 children and 6 grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys bird watching, hiking and bible study. One of her favorite bible verses includes: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in everything: for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Buffy Reilly, MSN, APN, RN
Professor Buffy Reilly is full-time tenured faculty at County College of Morris (CCM) and adjunct faculty at William Patterson University (WPU). She is certified in nursing education by the National league for Nursing. Professor Reilly teaches College Student Success and serves on CCM’s Student Success Committee. Professor Reilly is an advisor for the Student Nurses Association in which is involved in many community outreach activities including, bone marrow registry, blood drive, community wellness fairs, collections for elderly, homeless and battered women. Professor Reilly is working on developing the CCM’s nursing department’s first service learning project. Professor Reilly also serves on the Technology Committee for both CCM and WPU.
Professor Reilly is attending Walden University in pursuit of a PhD in Public Health: Epidemiology. She volunteers on the Resolutions committee, INPACT Committee, Bylaws Committee, and the Nominating Committee where she holds a board position for the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA). Professor Reilly is dedicated to the profession of nursing and student success.
Carla Crider, MSN, RN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Carla has over 20 years of OB nursing experience. She obtained her BSN from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing (Atlanta, Georgia) and her MSN from Texas Christian University (Ft. Worth, Texas). She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) where she is studying educational leadership with a focus on nursing. She is certified in In-Patient Obstetrics and Electronic Fetal Monitoring from National Certification Corp. Carla worked as an OB nurse for 13 years in Georgia and Texas before transitioning to the role of nurse educator. She is currently an associate professor in the associate degree nursing program at Tarrant County College (Fort Worth, Texas) where she teaches clinical skills.
Carla and Daniel, her husband of 32 years, live on a small 17-acre horse ranch an hour southwest of Fort Worth. She has an adult son Michael and an adult daughter Rebekah Jorgenssen. They have 2 dogs, 34 miniature horses, 1 paint saddle horse and a goat. They enjoy breeding, showing, and sharing the horses with audiences all around Texas and Oklahoma.
Chaka Brittain, DNP, RN, CNE
Dr. Brittain is a certified nurse educator who has spent many years working in oncology, public health, and higher education. Chaka is originally from Philadelphia, PA (a small town outside of the big city called Willow Grove) and she always knew that Florida would be her home. She obtained her original nursing degree from The Florida State University in 2006, followed by a master's degree in health science, a master's degree in nursing education and a doctor of nursing practice in health systems leadership. Out of all her degrees, undergraduate nursing school challenged her to work harder than she had ever worked before, have faith, and trust in His plan. But it was in undergrad that she realized her long-term goal of becoming a professor when she stepped in her first auditorium style classroom. By the end of the lesson, she knew exactly why she was there. She wanted to be that person behind the podium telling those inspiring stories of nursing heroism that kept all the students on the edge of their seats.
Chaka has been fortunate enough to be afforded the opportunity to live out her dream of being a nurse educator. As a two-time Daisy award nominee for teaching excellence, she has taught within all levels of nursing education from practical nursing to graduate level nursing. She has also taught within live and online settings serving as a sought after subject matter expert for curriculum and instruction, item writing, and online education. Chaka currently works as an online faculty manager and adjunct online professor for several nursing programs across the country. She continues to serve her profession as a volunteer nurse at a local free clinic as well as a consultant for nursing programs.
Emilee Tatum Dean, MSN, FNP-C
Mrs. Dean is a family nurse practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She earned both a B.S.N. and M.S.N. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she graduated with honors. Her nursing career spans almost a decade and includes experience in primary care, women’s health, dermatology, and urgent care.
Mrs. Dean has dedicated much of her career to working with underserved populations and considers compassion to be her greatest personal strength. Her ability to speak Spanish has enabled her to communicate directly with a broad patient population by alleviating language barriers. Patient education as a means of promoting individual well-being is the hallmark of her practice. She believes that even in situations where limited resources are available and financial difficulties abound, providing good patient education and holistic care can go a long way in improving outcomes for the most vulnerable of patients.
In addition to working as a family nurse practitioner, Mrs. Dean has a strong desire to contribute to the nursing profession by educating future nurses. As a former high-school, Spanish teacher, she has experienced the challenges and rewards that come with inspiring students to learn. By working as a nurse practitioner as well as an assistant professor with Nurses International, she has found the opportunity to serve God in a unique and challenging way, maximizing the number of patients who directly and indirectly benefit from her knowledge and experience.
Jacqueline Christianson, MSN, FNP
Jackie Christianson has been in health care since taking a nursing assistant course at age fifteen. She has worked in a variety of settings in the health care world including the long term care setting, inpatient setting, emergency department, laboratory services, and the pre-hospital setting with an ambulance service. Today she is a nurse practitioner and primarily works in the emergency department. She enjoys traveling, particularly overseas, and has completed 3 marathons. She lives with her husband and daughter in Madison, Wisconsin, in the United States.
Judith H. Weimer, DNP, RN, FNP-C
Judith has had many adventures in her life when she had decided to “answer the call.” She worked 5 years as a family nurse practitioner at a critical access hospital on the eastern plains of Colorado. It was considered “frontier”, so when you found a need, you filled it! There were many needs to be filled so Judith became an EMT to allow her to go on ambulance calls and the county deputy coroner, to help those in very distressing times. There was no diabetes nurse educator, so she became a certified diabetes educator and became board certified in advanced diabetes management. She also learned to be a first surgical assistant because they needed one. That led her to read the book by Dr. Glen Geholdt regarding the challenges of surgery in third world countries. It was so interesting that Judith wrote him and asked if she could join him and learn from him. She flew to Ecuador and assisted in a mini-surgery center on a truck travelling to a fishing village, allowing those who had little to have the surgery they needed. She interned on a Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico, and worked at Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. These adventures have been wonderful gifts to Judith as she learned about different cultures and different medical approaches. She is currently working as a hospitalist in a busy city hospital. There is never a dull moment!! She is happily married to a wonderful man who appreciates the gypsy he married! Judith would like to participate in Nurses International as it would allow her to make a positive impact in our world situation.
Kelly Schmiedeknecht, MS, RN
Kelly graduated from the University of Michigan in 2008 with her BSN. Through an international nursing class in Cambodia she became interested in global health. For the next five years, she worked in the emergency department of Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. Hurley is a level 1 adult trauma center, a level II pediatric trauma center and a community hospital serving complex and diverse patients. Kelly worked as a clinical nurse, an informatics nurse, and an assistant nurse manager during her time at Hurley. While at Hurley Kelly also worked with the Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative, a partnership between the University of Michigan and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. For this project, Kelly taught clinicals for emergency nurses in Kumasi, helped to plan clinical curriculum and assisted in implementing quality improvement projects such as flowsheet-style charting for nurses.
Kelly left Hurley Medical Center to peruse her Masters in Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2014 she graduated after completing her thesis research in Malawi on nurse retention in the public sector with a non-governmental organization called GAIA.
Following graduate school, Kelly returned to clinical work as an emergency nurse at the University of California- San Francisco where she works part-time. Kelly also works for the UCSF School of Nursing, Global Health Division. Here, she operates as the nurse lead for the Technical Group on Global Emergency Care, a collaboration with the World Health Organization's Emergency and Trauma Care Program.
Martha Awoke, MSN, RN
Martha is originally from Ethiopia but currently live in Washington, D.C. with her family. She has over 20 years of experience in the areas of Med-Surgical nursing, coordination of care and oncology nursing. Martha has a Bachelor's degree from University of Maryland College Park with an emphasis in community health. She obtained a MSN from Capella University in 2014. Currently she attends The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing as a DNP candidate.
Nursing is a way of life for her. Martha ascribes to Florence Nightingale’s vision of improving the health of the population by educating and treating individuals and groups based on their individualism. In addition, as experienced nurses, she believes we need to mentor and educate other nurses about the power of joining skills and knowledge across the spectrum of the nursing profession.
Miranda Smith, MSN, RN
Miranda’s first degree, an ADN, came from Wallace State Community College in May 2002. She then returned to school and earned her BSN in May 2012 and her MSN in December 2013, both from the University of North Alabama. She is currently enrolled in the Ed.D. program at the University of Alabama. Miranda currently works full-time as a clinical supervisor at Wallace State Community College. She has worked in a variety of settings. Currently, she teaches maternal-newborn, medical-surgical, and pediatric clinical rotations for students from their second semester of nursing school through their fourth semester of nursing school. Miranda also still works part-time in a large community hospital on a neuro-spine trauma floor.
Miranda’s nursing experience consists of a total of 10 years in a pediatric emergency room and a total of 3 years med-surg. For one of the years of her experience, she was in the education department of one of the large hospitals teaching the American Heart Association classes such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Basic Life Support (BLS). She has been in her current position at Wallace State Community College since June of 2015. She is currently ACLS, PALS, and BLS certified and is an instructor in all three disciplines. Miranda is also Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum (TNCC) certified.
She has been married to her husband, Brad, for 14 years. They have two sons, Blair (10) and Eli (9). Both play sports and keep her very busy. Miranda and her family live on a farm, and have 4 dogs, 1 turtle, lots of cows, 1 donkey, 1 gecko, and a rabbit. The small town of Hartselle, Alabama has been her life-long home.
Sally Fitzgerald, MSN, RN, CCM
Sally Fitzgerald graduated from Jameson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, New Castle, PA with a diploma degree. She completed her BS in Nursing from Penn State University, Sharon, PA and MS in Nursing and Nursing Education from Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, PA. She received an undergraduate certificate in Nursing Informatics from Penn State University and is currently pursuing her doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) at Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, IL.
In her lengthy nursing career, she has worked in orthopedics – medical – surgical, nursing administration, home health, and case management. Most of her clinical experience is in critical care having worked in intensive, cardiac and neuro critical care units. She is an associate professor in didactic and clinical instruction at Community College of Beaver County, Monaca, PA for practical and associate nursing programs and adjunct professor in nursing in the RN-BSN online program at Chamberlain College of Nursing.
Her love for working in a global direction began on a faith-based mission trip to Appalachia several years ago, but it wasn’t until her first year of teaching nursing students that Sally had the privilege of meeting two Rwandan students. Their mother had been killed in the Rwandan genocide of the 1990’s. They were pursuing a nursing career in honor of their mother. Listening to their hopes and dreams included nursing education being brought to Africa. It was an answer to prayer to see Nurses International and the opportunities for nurse educators!
She is married and has three cat-children. She and her husband travel frequently to visit her stepson and family in Germany. She is an avid traveler having been to all 50 states and at least 15 countries.
She enjoys learning about other cultures and teaching to a global community. Sally is proud to bring the world of technology to life as she teaches and learns from others at Nurses International!
Shuba Samuel, PhD (C), FNP-C
Shuba Samuel received her Master in Nursing –Family Nurse Practitioner at Concordia University Wisconsin in 2011. She is currently working on her PhD in Education at Walden University. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner at a behavioral health unit at Milwaukee, WI, and nursing faculty at a community college in Milwaukee. She teaches clinical courses at Walden University. Shuba precepts family nurse practitioner students during clinical rotation. She has taught Health Assessment, Pharmacology, nursing skills both basic and advanced, mental health nursing, and acute care and long term care clinical courses at the undergraduate level. Shuba Samuel is a Certified Emergency Nurse and a Certified Nurse Educator.
Vicky A. Keys, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC
Professor Vicky Keys is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) board certified as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS-BC). She has seven years’ experience in staff development in a 193-bed acute care hospital, six years’ experience in classroom, clinical, simulation, and online instruction in the pre-licensure BSN, and RN-BSN programs at Texas A&M University, and Indiana Wesleyan University, respectively. In addition, she has five years’ experience as a legal nurse consultant and is experienced in ICU, ER, and medical-surgical direct care. Vicky has scholarly publications that present unique approaches to nursing education.
Vicky earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) through Texas Christian University on May 13, 2017. Vicky is a first-generation college student, passionate about learning and helping others to learn. Breaking complex issues into manageable context is her joy! She feels the role of faculty is to facilitate learning in a safe and supportive environment that points others to Jesus.
Vicky volunteers with Restorative Justice Ministry (RJM) and has developed a women’s health course that she teaches to incarcerated women. She has also volunteered with Shelter the Homeless Project (SHIP) in their work with an orphanage in El Salvador.
Vicky Keys has known the Lord Jesus as Savior since September 1978. She comments that the mountains have been high, and valley’s low but she has always been able to look back and see God’s hand. Her life verse is Jeremiah 29:11. She has three children and ten grandchildren that are absolute blessings!
Victoria Sattler, Ph.D., RN, MSN
Victoria has been working as an RN in the emergency department of a level 2 trauma center in Spokane, WA for 11 years. Prior to that, she worked in a critical access hospital in Davenport, WA. In 2009, she earned her MSN with an emphasis in nursing education and has worked intermittently since then at Washington State University College of Nursing in the BSN program. Courses taught have included community health, physical assessment, practicum, and international immersion experiences. Victoria earned her Ph.D. in 2016 and her research interests include psychometrics, curriculum development, and nursing in the international setting.
Amy Humphrey BSN, RN, CPN
‘Born and bred’ in North Carolina, Amy received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her nursing career began at Duke University Children’s Hospital where she worked for several years on a pediatric medical-surgical unit, with a focus in cardiology and organ transplant. At Duke, Amy served as a preceptor for student nurses and new graduate nurses, as a member of the Children’s Hospital Advisory Board, and obtained her specialized certification as a pediatric nurse (CPN). Also during those years, Amy participated in and led multiple medical aid trips to a clinic in rural Uganda, and it was there that her passion for global health was born. In 2013, she spent 6 months volunteering as a nurse with the international non-profit Mercy Ships in the Republic of Congo, and returned as a volunteer for 8 months during Mercy Ships’ field service in Madagascar from 2014-15. In addition to providing pre- and postoperative nursing care on the ship’s maxillofacial unit, Amy also served as an educator with Mercy Ships’ local nurse education program. Collaborating with nurses in the Congo and Madagascar helped Amy realize the value of a strong, comprehensive nursing foundation; that experience served as the impetus for her transition into nurse education.
In 2015 and 2016, Amy gained further experience in community health and nurse education through her work as a clinical manager for BAYADA Pediatrics, a home health care agency, and as a clinical and lab instructor for Duke University School of Nursing’s accelerated BSN program. In August of 2016 she moved to South Africa where she is currently working as the nurse coordinator and health educator for an American-led wound care initiative. Amy joined Nurses International in the summer of 2016 and is honored to be collaborating as a content expert for the pediatrics course. She looks forward to seeing the vision of Nurses International come to fruition through the pilot program in Burundi, and to witnessing how God uses Nurses International to equip nurses globally for His glory and purpose!
Angela Gathings, MSN, RN
Angela Gathings has been a registered nurse since 2004 and Master of Science prepared since 2014 with focus in education and administration. Born in Chicago, Il, Angela always aspired to serve her community and help others achieve personal goals through encouragement, and any resources available applicable to barriers identified. Angela’s healthcare career began as a medical assistant in an internal medicine and oncology center that employed registered nurses as well. This experience encouraged Angela to explore the career as a registered nurse. In 1999 Angela enrolled full time in Concordia University and West Suburban College of Nursing while working full time as an emergency department technician on night shift in a community hospital. Angela graduated in December of 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. In February of 2004, Angela began working as a full-time emergency department nurse.
Angela has over 10 years of emergency department experience and considers this to be one of the most valuable bedside experiences during her career. During this 10-year span of emergency department employment, Angela was a primary preceptor for nursing students and new graduate nursing employees. Angela is passionate about the quality of care that patients receive and has always emphasized to her preceptees that it is an honor to serve people that trust you with their care during some of the most vulnerable times in their lives. Currently Angela is a unit manager for the Government programs department in managed care for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Angela is responsible for overseeing the quality of care for patients that are enrolled in the Affordable Care Act and Medicare insurance plans. This vulnerable population requires many social, community and health resources. Angela personally trains all new staff, develops educational tools and resources, and assists with home visits to patients that are high risk.
Beth Sheeran, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE
Beth is an ED nurse in Washington State. She was raised on the mission field in Central America where her family assisted in Bible translation through Wycliffe Bible Translators. From the time she was a very young child these cross-cultural experiences impressed the deep need for working on behalf of the poor in third world countries. As she grew in her commitment to God, He began calling and training her in compassion ministry on His behalf. She had wanted to find a way to put this calling to use internationally and spent the first few months as a nurse overseas working alongside rural clinicians in Africa. During this time, she became acutely aware that the people she was working alongside demonstrated enormous capability despite overwhelming challenges. They had very little training or tools and yet worked tirelessly with incredible competence. She felt outmatched and outperformed at every turn. They became her teachers and heroes. It was during this time that her desire to assist in community development and nursing internationally matured into a dream of empowering and assisting nurses in obtaining the tools and education needed so that they could make an impact in their respective communities.
Beth is currently involved in a comprehensive community development project in Kenya where her team is focusing on health interventions, training community health volunteers, working with mothers of malnourished infants, and teaching clinicians regarding issues of health maintenance and disease prevention. Through this program, the grades of school children have risen, there has been improved access to clean water, and 50+ children have graduated out of the danger zone of malnutrition and stunting. She has worked with some local NGO’s to develop anti-human trafficking programs and in the ED, has engaged in a project to improve the care of patients post-sexual assault. She is currently working as an ED nurse where she has been able to gain experience in differential diagnostics and care of critically ill patients. Beth will be pursuing an advanced degree as a nurse practitioner and in public health. Her hope is to combine these two passions so that she can work to eliminate health disparities in third-world countries through the empowerment of and training of clinicians. She has been working to build a strong foundation of experience so that she will be useful both as a clinician and in cross-cultural program design.
Janice Adams-King, MSN, MS, CRNP, CPHN
Captain, US Public Health Service
Captain Janice Adams-King is an active duty Nurse Officer with more than 25 years of service in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She held assignments at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the USDA/Food Safety and Inspection Service, and currently at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Skill sets obtained, for example, are policy and regulation development, program and project management, developing continuing education courses for healthcare and public health professionals, developing and conducting education and outreach for consumers and healthcare professionals, conference planning and implementation, and patient care.
Captain Adams-King received a Bachelor of Science in 1982 in Social Science from Coppin State University. In 1992 she changed careers and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and in 1999 she obtained a Master of Science and certification in Community and Public Health Nursing. Both degrees and certification are obtained from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. In 2014, she became a family nurse practitioner, obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing from the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies.
Striving to achieve a 30-year active-duty career, she remains at the FDA as a Safety Regulatory Project Manager. To practice regularly, in 2016 she opened It’s All About Me, LLC, where she provides care to adult patients seeking weight loss, anti-aging, and healthcare services. She has a desire to give back to those who are less fortunate and her favorite scripture is Phil 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Captain Adams-King is happily married with a delightful teenage daughter. She enjoys spending time with her loving family and friends and tries to find joy in everything she does.
Evang Sam Mbok, B.Ed, RN
Sam is a member of the International Institute for Christian Nursing (IICN) and a member at the Federal Ministry of Health where he contributes to the Core Technical Committee on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. In addition, he serves as Chairman, Plateau State Core Technical Committee on MNCH implementation team and as a Board Member, 4 COCIN (Missionary) Secondary Health Facilities (Policy developments and General facilities’ management). Sam is the CEO of the Rebecca Mbok Foundation. He has served as the Vice President, Nurses Christian Fellowship International from 2004 – 2008. He is a certified trainer in the Saline Process and Home Based Life-Saving Skills. Sam is a Part-time Lecturer of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Jos. Sam has an Advanced Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Jos and a B. Ed. He is also a registered nurse.
Josephine Francis, MSN., R.N., R.M., IBCLC
Josephine is a nurse educator, with 15 years of teaching experience that includes positions like Nursing teacher, Clinical Nurse educator, BLS instructor, NCLEX-RN instructor, Lactation consultant and Perinatal nurse. She has a Master’s Degree in maternity nursing and is a certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) specializing in breastfeeding and lactation promotion. Josephine is multilingual, speaking Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Arabic. She frequently shares expertise at various National and International meetings and conferences. Her interests are in nursing research and aspiring to complete Doctorate in nursing.
Lori J. Greer, MSN, RN
Lori completed her BSN in 1986 from the University of Texas at Tyler and worked as a cardiac nurse for many years after her father died in 1987 from a failed cardiac procedure. She completed her MSN in nursing education in 2006 and taught as faculty for the University of Texas at Tyler-Longview campus for 6 years. She is currently working as a part-time simulation/skills lab coordinator. Her teaching experience includes health assessment, nursing competencies and mental health.
She is married to Brian, a teacher and coach. God blessed them with 2 children, Hannah who is in her first year in college at East Texas Baptist University and Ben who is a tenth-grader at Hallsville High School. They attend Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview, Texas where they live.
Marissa Trino, MSN
Kam Ming Rebecca Leung, MSN, RN
Rebecca Leung received her Diploma in Nursing from Caritas Medical Center School of Nursing and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from La Trobe University. Additionally, she received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Oxford Brooke University.
Rebecca Leung has been a practicing nurse for over 15 years and has been a Clinical Mentor for 4 years. Her nursing background is extensive and covers several specialties including but not limited to: Acute & Rehabilitation of Orthopedic Nursing, Acute Care on Ear, Nose, Throat, and Medical & Surgical Nursing. She is also an Honorary Clinical Instructor in University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Open University of Hong Kong from 2006-2015.
As a registered nurse of the Hong Kong Nursing Council, Rebecca Leung is a member of the Asian Association for Dynamic Osteosynthesis. In 2010, she was granted scholarship to represent the Hong Kong Orthopedic Nursing Specialty to join the Canadian Orthopedic Nurses Association and attended the National Conference in Winnipeg.
Rebecca Leung has always been a committed and experienced nursing professional. She is currently an active member of Nurse International and she is passionate to promote public health and nursing education around the globe.
Sheila Mulkey Hardy, MSN, RN
Sheila is a 44-year-old wife and mother of one. She grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia where she lived most of her life. Two years ago Sheila traded mountain life for life on the coast. Sheila have 19 years of nursing experience. She attended vocational school and graduated with her LPN in 1998. As an LPN, Sheila worked in skilled/med-surg/clinic nursing until 2001 where her focus switched to Emergency Room nursing. After being an LPN for 13 years, Sheila graduated from the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program with her ADN in 2011. She has continued her role as an Emergency Department nurse since 2001 with some experience noted in Home Health nursing. Sheila holds a current membership in the ENA (Emergency Nurses Association). In 2013, Sheila graduated from King College with her BSN. After obtaining her BSN, Sheila worked with the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program as an adjunct faculty member where she taught Health Assessment (both in the classroom and in the lab), functioned as a clinical instructor, and as a proctor for Med-Surg and Pharmacology. In 2016 Sheila graduated with her MSN in Nursing Education from King University (previously King College). While working on her degree at King, she provided classroom/clinical education as well as online instruction in Mental Health while completing her student teaching hour requirements.
Dorrett Murdock-McNeil, RGN, BSc
Dorrett McNeil is a York university alumna. Her clinical experience includes staff administration, teaching, managerial and clinical nurse specialist positions. She has worked in departments of pediatrics, accident and emergences, prison, gerontology, acute medicine and surgery, community health, occupational health, combat nursing and staff development and education.
Dorrett obtained her registered nurse general certificate from the Excelsior Community College in Kingston, Jamaica. In November 1999, she migrated to the United Kingdom to take up a position as a Nursing Home Manager and to further her studies. She subsequently obtained a Diploma in Health and Social Care, Diploma in Management Studies and Bachelor of Science in Health and Social Care. She recently commenced her Masters of Science in Public Health at Northumbria University.
Dorrett has had specialized training throughout her career in wound management, infection control, clinical supervision, stoma care, male and female catheterization, tracheostomy care, brain and spinal injuries and emergency care. She also served as a Commissioned Officer in The Territorial Army in England over the period Jan 2002 to Oct 2005 as a medic where she received specialized training in combat medicine. In March 2007, she took up a one year appointment in Bermuda working at the King Edwards 11 General Hospital specializing in gerontology, after which she returned to the United Kingdom to her post of Training Manager.
Her passion for education development and nursing care is rivalled only by her passion for helping those who are less fortunate in the society. This is reflected by her many involvements in volunteer work in her community, especially through her church where she held several posts that include Health and Temperance leader and Fundraising Coordinator. She also served as a School’s Governor for three years (2010-2013) with the Darlington Borough Council.
Hannah Gubitz, BSN, RN, BSc – Chemistry
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Hannah was first introduced to nursing and medicine in 2001 when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She studied biochemistry at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington with the hope of being involved in cancer research. After dealing with her own cardiac issues and then doing biomedical research into genetically inherited lysosomal diseases, Hannah decided to go into nursing instead of research. She completed her degree in biochemistry and then moved to Kansas City, where she graduated with her BSN in 2014 from MidAmerica Nazarene University. The recipient of the Nursing Excellence Award, Hannah moved back to Spokane and started her nursing career on the orthopedic/neurology floor at Deaconess Hospital caring for joint replacement, spine surgery, stroke, and seizure patients. While at Deaconess, she worked as a charge nurse, became stroke-certified by the NIH, and served on the Champions of Skin Integrity team, assessing skin care throughout the hospital and providing education for staff.
After undergoing spine surgery, herself and getting married in 2015, Hannah began working as a full-time charge nurse and Team Leader at Shriners Hospital for Children – Spokane, specializing in orthopedic and spine surgery. She currently works for Rockwood Neurosurgery & Spine Center providing pre- and post-op education, as well as managing triage for the clinic. She also serves on the Clinical Leadership, Safety Coach, and Nursing Protocol teams for all Rockwood Clinic locations. Hannah also works on-call for Spokane County Detention Services, providing booking triage and nursing care to county inmates at several facilities.
She is actively pursuing her MSN with a focus on education with the hope of teaching future nursing students. She plans on also pursuing her PhD in nursing so she can pair her love of teaching with her love of research. Hannah hopes to be involved in research focused on post-operative recovery strategies for orthopedic and spine patients. She is also planning to obtain her orthopedic certification this coming year. She lives in Spokane with her husband, who is also studying to be a teacher. She is excited about being able to collaborate on the building and teaching of the Intro to Chemistry course and work with Nurses International to bring support and education to nurses around the world.