Nursing Program | ABSN
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Our faculty are experts in their fields and dedicated to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to share the Gospel and care for all of God’s people.
Main Nursing department number: (949) 214-3280
Mary Bowman has been a nurse for over 30 years. During that time, she has been blessed to work in a variety of nursing positions. She worked in a physician office for both primary and obstetrical/gynecological care. In acute care, she worked in labor and delivery, postpartum, high-risk antepartum and cared for the newborn. She worked in a leadership role as a nurse manager for sixteen years for Women’s and Children’s Services in a hospital setting. She developed a service line called “Transitions for Women” caring for the inpatient and outpatient breastfeeding mothers, and created an oncology boutique for cancer patients. Mary has developed curriculum and taught a variety of classes to physicians, nurses, new graduates, and patients for over 30 years. She is an AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitor Instructor and presented a poster presentation on fetal kick counting.
She received her Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Management at Chapman College in 2006 and completed her MSN in Nursing Education at Walden University in 2013. Mary joined Concordia University Irvine as a full-time faculty in May, 2014.
She teaches leadership theory and maternal/infant health preceptorship and seminar for the ABSN program. Additionally, she has taught leadership theory for the MSN and RN to BSN programs. Aside from teaching, Mary enjoys traveling and making memories with her family.
I am an Adult-Geriatric Primary Care nurse practitioner with specialty certification in hospice and palliative care. Other nursing experiences include critical care, medical-surgical oncology, and employee health. I enjoy volunteering in the community, healthcare-related or otherwise. I have led healthcare mission trips with Concordia nursing students to Mexico and Guatemala.
In progress: Cultural competency in hospice care: An effect of online cultural diversity training in hospice interdisciplinary team as measured by the cultural competence assessment survey
Critical care RN 1992-present, CCRN certified 2011 to present, former MET (medical emergency team) member St Joseph hospital, AACN/GLBOC member, ACNL member, ANA member. AFSA and ACE committee member. Have been performing outcomes for spring and summer 2019 for ACE committee while member on sabbatical.
Bethany Church Greeter (Long Beach) for hospitality committee 2014 to current.
Former MOMS (making our mothering significant) 2008-2015 with prior core leadership which helped to train new table leaders to invest in the being new mothers and helping guide families to reach our communities.
Part of faculty who participate in information sessions and interviewing new staff
Have taught all levels of ABSN from 2016 to current. Pharm Theory instructor 2017 to present. Some clinicals to date include preceptorship for seniors with seminar. Juniors for advanced med surg and mental health. Also, have taught in pharm lab and skills lab. Have a passion to remind students about resilience and how to focus on self care.
Have been involved with clinical narratives that was published for St. Joseph hospital as part of the clinical ladder.
Terry Cottle began her nursing career in 1979 when she received her BSN from Loma Linda University School of Nursing. She worked in a variety of hospitals and healthcare settings in San Bernardino and Orange Counties. She completed an MSN in Community Health Nursing and received a School Nurse Services Credential in 2004. Terry has been full-time faculty and Assistant Director for Concordia University Irvine in the Nursing Department since 2008; she teaches in the ABSN, RN to BSN and MSN programs. She participated in transitioning the RN to BSN courses to the online format and wrote several of the courses. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2016 with a focus on Nursing Leadership.
In her free time, Terry enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family.
Jennifer Dahl began teaching at Concordia University, Irvine in 2014 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Nursing. She began her nursing career an oncology nurse until she transitioned to the maternal-newborn population where she spent over 20 years as a labor and delivery nurse. Jennifer has a love of the nursing profession and strives to educate students to be compassionate and holistic nurses who serve the population.
Carol's RN experience includes critical care nursing for adult neurosurgical, trauma, open heart, transplant and general critical care patients; as an advanced practicing nurse experience as a Heart Transplant Coordinator and as a Pediatric Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Program development, administration and instructor at Concordia University. China Mission Trip 2014 American Heart Association Membership American Holistic Nursing Association Membership Active volunteer at St. Juliana Church in Fullerton
Membership/Activity in Professional Organizations
Service to the University
Associate Professor of Nursing — 2019 — present Assistant Professor of Nursing — 2011—2018
Courses taught or co-taught in the ABSN and the RN to BSN programs include Maternal Child Nursing, Nursing Skills Lab, Pharmacology Lab, Community Health Nursing clinicals, Cultural Care Competency, Nursing Theory, & Trends & Issues in Professional Nursing.
Preceptor - 2017
Teaching Assistant - 2010
PhD Dissertation - 2018-19 Examining the Influences on Mothers’ Commitment to Maintain Exclusive Breastfeeding Within the 48 Hours After Birth
MSN Thesis - 2011 Effects of Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs on Student Nurses’ Intention to Promote Breastfeeding
Prof. Mationg has been a practicing operating room nurse since 2001. She has been teaching in nursing education since 2007 and specifically for Concordia University’s ABSN program since 2009. Prof. Mationg has been a part of multiple mission trips during her time at CUI including trips to China, Guatemala, and Mexico. More recently she has begun to practice as an RN First Assist (RNFA) since 2017 and actively works in this field while concurrently teaching in the ABSN program. She is a regular volunteer at her local church and is involved with children’s programming, music, small groups, mom playdate groups, and Clothing the Homeless ministries.
Experience: 49 years as an RN, one year in med-surg, the rest in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Was certified as a clinical specialist in psych/mh nursing for many years; Nurse Practitioner in psych/mh nursing for 35 years. Leadership Experience: lead counselor in an outpatient MH clinic-supervised 5 other counselors; Director of Nursing in a large psych hospital with 5 programs and 125 nursing staff; Director of Nursing in a private psychiatric hospital with 2 programs and approximately 50 nursing staff; psych supervisor in a Home Health agency; Director of Utilization Review in a Psych hospital. Membership: Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Society; American Nurses’ Association; Association of Advanced Practitioners in Psych/MH nursing-not currently active. Service to University: Judge for poster contest; presenter for RAD Service to Communitey: Active in local church-Medical ministry, Senior programs coordination group, greeter, nursery.
Linda and her husband Bob moved to Orange County in 2013 after living in the Palm Springs area and raising their family for 35 years. Linda loves being a medical surgical nurse as it affords so many opportunities in nursing. She has enjoyed a variety of positions in her career including Coordinator for the Total Joint Replacement program at Eisenhower Medical Center for many years, Orthopedic home care case manager, and clinical instructor and full-time tenured faculty at College of the Desert (COD). Linda is a faculty emeritus from COD where she taught for a total of 20 years.
Linda began teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Concordia in 2013 and quickly moved into a full-time position. As any student of hers will tell you, Linda has a passion for the older adult and has worked very hard over the last several years to place Concordia nursing graduates at the forefront of Gerontology education and caring in their nursing practice. She serves on several committees in the nursing department, is often a mentor to new faculty, and is co-advisor of the very active Concordia Student Nurse Association.
National Association of Orthopedic Nursing Association (NAON):
Tiffani Natalini-Whitmore joined the faculty of the nursing department as a full time faculty member in July 2018 after teaching in an adjunct capacity at Concordia University for the previous 5 semesters. Tiffani has a B.S. in movement science from The University of Michigan, an M.S. in ergonomics also from The University of Michigan, an A.D.N. from College of the Desert, and an M.S. in nursing from The University of Phoenix. Tiffani Natalini-Whitmore is named on a federal patent for 4-point seatbelt design. The work she did while working in the research lab for Ford Motor Company helped lead to this patent. Tiffani is originally from Michigan but has lived in Southern California since 2001. Aside from teaching, Tiffani also enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling the world, and learning about different cultures and people.
Tiffani teaches in the ABSN program focusing mainly on medical surgical nursing theory, skills lab, and clinical instruction.
Caroline Rae began her career in adult medical/surgical nursing but spent several years as a critical care nurse before transitioning into the educator role. While working as a hospital educator Caroline created and coordinated a Health Professions Academy to introduce high school students to nursing and other health care careers. She began her teaching career as an adjunct clinical instructor at Golden West College and joined Concordia University Irvine’s Department of Nursing full time in 2014.
Caroline is an active community volunteer with extensive experience in disaster preparedness. She is currently the Chairperson for the Leadership Council of the Orange County Medical Reserve Corps, a Captain with Anaheim’s Community Emergency Response Team and a Red Cross volunteer. Caroline is also a certified Stop the Bleed and CPR/BLS instructor. Additionally, she was a founding member of Psi Theta-at-Large (CUI’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society) where she currently serves as Vice-President. Previously, Caroline served 2 terms as the Chairperson for the Orange County/Long Beach Consortium for Nursing.
Professor Rae serves on the Academic Student & Faculty Affairs Committee and is Faculty Advisor for Concordia University’s Nursing Student Association.
Coordinator: Nursing Skills Lab, Open Lab, & Adult Medical/Surgical Clinical
I graduated with BS in Biology from UC Irvine prior to entering nursing. I obtained both a BS in Nursing and MSN as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from CSU Long Beach. While furthering my education, I continued to work as staff RN in PICU, NICU, and lastly in general pediatrics. Eventually, I started to teach clinicals and lecture while practicing for a community clinic in East Los Angeles. I have been in academia for 11 years. During my years at Concordia, I have been given the opportunity to help with the Latina Leadership Conference as well as participating in mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico.
These are the main campuses in addition to other universities and colleges where I worked at prior to joining Concordia. I have mostly taught pediatric courses and clinicals.
Research interest: Do nursing students in online programs tend to do better in NCLEX testing than those students enrolled in a traditional program?
Dr. Smythe-Padgham joined Concordia University Irvine in 2017 and serves as the Assistant Dean and Director of Nursing. She began her career as a labor and delivery nurse over 25 years ago. She went on to attain her Masters of Science in Nursing and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner license in 1992 and worked in both private and community care settings in Orange and Los Angeles counties practicing primarily in underserved communities in order to serve the needs of women, mothers and babies. In 2009, she began her career in academia as a nursing faculty member. During her tenure, she served as an Assistant Dean and Interim Dean. She now proudly serves as the Assistant Dean/Director of Nursing in the Concordia Department of Nursing.
DNP project: Nurse Practitioner’s knowledge and use of the internet for adolescent health information
Meagan provides administrative support for students in the RN-BSN program, helping them answer questions, register for classes and track their overall progression through the program. Meagan also provides administrative support to students, faculty and staff. She helps to coordinate things such as student testing, events and assists faculty with the assessment of curriculum and program evaluation.
Maria-Jean, “MJ”, is the Assistant Director and Academic Clinical Partnerships for Concordia University Irvine. In her role, Ms. Caterinicchio provides leadership in implementing and managing relationships with both current and future clinical partners. She is responsible for building clinical partnerships, identifying and generating new clinical agency opportunities and managing the clinical partnerships to ensure that student learning and course objectives are being met.
Maria-Jean has over 30 years of leadership experience in healthcare, working for nonprofit, community and university teaching hospitals as well as within a national professional nursing organization, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Maria-Jean has significant experience in designing, implementing and evaluating systems to support strategic and organizational initiatives, leading project teams and facilitating organizational change.
Shannon provides administrative support in the day to day operations of the Department of Nursing. She helps to coordinate Department of Nursing events from interviews to pinning/graduation, works with nursing admissions to onboard new ABSN students, processes Department of Nursing purchase orders/reimbursements, and other various projects.
Shelby coordinates the placement of ABSN nursing students at clinical sites, as well as serves as a liaison between the clinical facilities and school, coordinates facility contracts, and oversees document compliance and health clearance of all students and instructors in the ABSN program.
Henny is the Admissions Counselor for the nursing programs at CUI. She works primarily with prospective ABSN students. She also reviews and processes all the ABSN applications.
Melissa is one of the Admission Counselors for the Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program. She assists with answering questions from students, completes Pre-Evaluation of transcripts, and is involved throughout the admission process. She is also the Admission Counselor for the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), which involves walking students through the application process, as well as enrollment in the first class.
Jennifer is the Admissions Counselors and Recruiter for the RN to BSN and MSN programs. She provides personal one on one attention in serving our Concordia University nursing students as their first point of contact with the application process and enrollment. She builds partnerships with our local community colleges, hospitals and other healthcare organizations.