Faculty and Staff | Nursing Program | Concordia University Irvine

Faculty

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 by promoting advanced nursing studies for leadership and education.

Main Nursing department number: (949) 214-3280

Mary Bowman

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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.

Education

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.

Teaching

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.

  • Boyle, Miki, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN, PHN, CCRN
  • CUI Park Place Campus
  • (949) 214-3275
  • miki.boyle@cui.edu
Miki Boyle

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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.

Education

  • Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate, 2014
  • Master of Science in Nursing, California State University, Fullerton, 2009
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, California State University, Fullerton, 2008
  • Bachelor of Art in Business/Finance, California State University, Fullerton, 1999

Teaching

  • Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Wellness-Alternative Therapies Nursing
  • Senior-level Preceptorship

Research

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

Publications/Presentations

  • Poster presentation, Sigma Thera Tau International, Southern California Conference, Eliminating confusion in skills lab: An innovative approach, 2012
  • Poster presentation, Sigma Thera Tau International, Upsilon Beta Chapter Induction Ceremony, Nursing instructors’ “tool box”: Teaching strategies to facilitate the critical thinking skills, 2008
Buenaventura Cara

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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

Education

  • Master of Science in Leadership and Education, Vanguard University, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Cal State Fullerton, 2010 (RN to BSN)

Teaching

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.

Research

  • Recent participation in nursing research at St. Joseph Hospital for Early Nutrition
  • Interventions in Critical Care for 2018
  • Resilience Training in new graduates 2018

Publications/Presentations

Have been involved with clinical narratives that was published for St. Joseph hospital as part of the clinical ladder.

Terry Cottle

Associate Professor of Nursing

Biography

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.

Education

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2016
  • Master of Science in Nursing, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1979

Research

  • 2016: Cultivating nurse job satisfaction through authentic use of Watson's Theory of Caring
Dr. Carol Holt

Associate Professor of Nursing

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

Education

  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing, University of California at Los Angeles, 2005
  • Master of Nursing, Medical/Surgical Nursing Concentration in Critical Care, University of California at Los Angeles, 1989
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing, University of Tulsa, Tulsa Oklahoma, 1982

Teaching

  • Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing Theory and Clinical
  • Pathophysiology in RN to BSN and MSN Programs
  • Advanced Preceptorship Clinical and Seminar
  • Wellness Alternative Therapy
  • Leadership Theory and Clinical RN to BSN

Research

  • Editorial Board Member; Journal for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, 2004-now
  • IRB Committee Concordia University; evaluate research applications, develops protocols and guidelines. 2016-2019
  • Weight as a Determinant of Survival in Patients With Heart Failure, Poster Presentation Sigma Theta Tau Conference, Carol Holt RN MN and Lynn Doering RN PhD, October 2001
  • Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural China. Concordia University President’s Showcase. Carol Holt, PhD., RN, CNS – Faculty Mentor & Phyllis Alvarez, RN, Spring 2015
  • An Investigation of the Influences of Planned Exercise on Food Selection in School Age Children. Dissertation for partial fulfilment for UCLA School of Nursing doctorate degree, 2005
  • Weight as a Determinant of Survival in Patients With Heart Failure, Carol Holt RN MN and Lynn Doering RN PhD, Poster Presentation Sigma Theta Tau Conference, Spring 2001
  • The Effect of Cardiopulmonary Bypass on Lung - Surfactant of Newborn Infants. A. Alkallay MD.......C. Holt. RN....J. Pomerance MD. Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Data collector & wrote portion of protocol, 1992 – 93
  • Nursing Strategies to Allow Early Discharge After Cardiac Transplantation: Is It Safe? Carol Holt RN MN……Hillel Laks MD. Principle Investigators. Poster presentation at International Heart Transplantation conference, April 1990
  • Collected data & computer input for NANDA diagnosis of the dying patient. Research Assistant, Jan-June 1989
  • Catastrophic Events and Their Concentration of Occurrence Around Change of Shift. Master's Thesis, UCLA, June 1989

Publications/Presentations

  • Wellness Assessment Content for Nursing Curriculum; Poster Presentation, American Holistic Nursing Association 38th Annual National Conference; Niagara Falls, New York, June 2018
  • Wellness/Prevention Content for Nursing Curriculum; Oral and Poster Presentation, NETNEP 2018 7th International Nurse Education Conference; Banff Canada, May 2018
  • Wellness/Prevention Content for Nursing Curriculum; Poster Presentation, ATI Summit 2018, Salt Lake City Utah National Conference; May 2018
  • Speaker at St. Joseph’s yearly symposium; The Future of Healthcare. Lecture title: Wellness Assessment; Preventative Care. October 2014
  • Health Tips column for Concordia school newspaper, 2011-12
  • Weight as a Determinant of Survival in Patients With Heart Failure, Poster Presentation Sigma Theta Tau Conference, Carol Holt RN MN and Lynn Doering RN PhD, October 2001
  • Holt, C., The Care of Children. Chapter 16: Alterations in Cardiovascular Status. W. B., Saunders Co. March 1998. pg 781-862.
  • Sludge Can Be A Drudge; Hepatic Failure, 22nd Annual Critical Care Symposium, AACN Tulsa Chapter. February 1996
  • Holt, C., Clinical Care Plans for Pediatric Nursing. Contributing Author - Eating Disorders. McGraw-Hill, April 1994.
  • Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric Continuity of Care Coalition, San Diego, July 1994
  • Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric Continuity of Care Coalition, San Diego, July 1994
  • Congenital Heart Disease & Cardiovascular Assessment, Peds-CCRN Review, Children's Hospital of Orange County, October 1994
  • Cardiopulmonary Assessment , Scripts La Jolla Hospital, San Diego, California, March 1994
  • Preparing a Child for Cardiac Catheterization. Symposium, Cardiac Catheterization in Children, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; Physician/Nursing Conference, February 1992
  • Holt, C., Gaskill, L., Case Studies in Neuro Science Critical Care Nursing Chapter 6, Spinal Cord Injury, Aspen Publishing. 1991, pg. 104 - 44.
  • Congenital Heart Disease in the 90's; Lillian & Harvey Silbert Perinatal Conference; Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, February 1991; Physician/Nursing Conference
  • Nursing Strategies to Allow Early Discharge After Cardiac Transplantation: Is It Safe? (poster presentation), Carol Holt RN MN,...Hillel Laks MD.; Tenth Annual Meeting of the International Society for Heart Transplantation. April 1990
  • Nursing & Coordination in Cardiac Transplantation. Carol Holt ......Barbara Schulman RN. (panel discussion); International Heart Failure & Transplantation Symposium; UCLA School of Medicine (medical conference), January 1990
  • Catastrophic Events and Their Concentration of Occurrence Around Change of Shift (poster presentation), Second Annual UCLA School of Nursing and Gamma Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Research Day. June 1989.
  • Omery, A., Holt C.. Time and Time Perception. Emphasis on Nursing Fall 1989, 3:2.
Kathleen Kennedy

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Biography

RN Experience

  • Registry Nursing & Staff Nursing in Postpartum, Newborn Nursery, NICU, Medical-Surgical, and Orthopedic areas
  • School Nursing
  • Home Health Nursing

Membership/Activity in Professional Organizations

  • Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar — awarded a $20,000 research and education grant by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare — Washington, DC
  • MSN GAANN Fellow (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) — CSUF
  • Member — Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
  • Member — Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars
  • Member — The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Service to the University

  • Member of University EEC Committee

Education

    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Nursing and Global Health, Nursing Education Emphasis - Azusa Pacific University-2019
    • Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN),Nursing Leadership & Administration Concentration with Nursing Education emphasis - California State University, Fullerton-2011
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Accelerated RN to BSN - Azusa Pacific University-2006

Teaching

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

  • MSN student from another university

Teaching Assistant - 2010

  • CSUF Simulation Center Coordinator
  • CSUF Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical Instructor

Research

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

Research Interests

  • Women & Children’s Health and Global Healthcare related to exclusive breastfeeding
  • Spiritual care in nursing education
  • Nursing education related to program and curriculum development

Publications

  • PhD Dissertation (2019) - Kennedy, K.M. (2019). Examining the Influences on Mothers’ Commitment to Maintain Exclusive Breastfeeding Within the 48 Hours After Birth.
  • Reviewer for new edition of textbook — 2018 - Professional Issues in Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities, 5th edition by Carole J. Huston
  • Poster Presentations (peer-reviewed) — 2012 - Kennedy, K.M. (2012, April). Influences of knowledge, attitudes, & beliefs on intention to promote breastfeeding. Presented at the poster session of the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Research Conference, Portland, OR.
    Wickman, M. & Kennedy, K.M. (2012). Invincibility: A concept analysis as applied to adolescents and risk behavior involvement. Presented at the poster session of the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Research Conference, Portland, OR.
  • Master’s Thesis — 2011 - Kennedy, K.M. (2011). Effects of Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs on Student Nurses’ Intention to Promote Breastfeeding. Thesis published & placed in CSUF Library, May 2011.
Lizette Mationg

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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.

Education

  • Registered Nurse First Assist Program, National Institute of First assisting, 2017
  • Lactation Educator Counselor, University of California San Diego, 2010
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Walden University, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, California State University Long Beach, 2001

Teaching

  • CUI - Current: Pathophysiology & Community Health Clinical, faculty applications for Blackboard, Microsoft Office, and Google Drive
  • Previously co-taught: Fundamentals of Nursing, Med-Surg Nursing theory, Research, Pharmacology Theory, Pharmacology Lab
  • Other – Kaplan NCLEX prep
  • CNOR Prep Curriculum (MSN Capstone project)
  • LVN Med-surg theory and lab

Certifications

  • BLS (Basic Life Support)
  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
  • PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
  • Certified Nurse in the Operating Room (CNOR)
  • Certified Registered Nurse of First Assisting (CRNFA)

Specialty Roles

  • Documentation Technology Coordinator
  • Mission Trip Coordinator
  • ACE Committee Member
  • MSN Thesis Project Committee Member

Clinical Workplaces

  • St. Joseph Hospital, Orange
  • Main Street Specialty Surgery Center, Orange
  • Specialty Surgical Center, Irvine
  • Providence Building, Orange
  • Restore Orthopedics, Orange
  • Surgical Staff, Inc., Culver City
  • SONA Med Spa, Costa Mesa

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Biography

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.

Education

  • Master of Nursing (Psych/MH), University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 1971
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Jamestown, Jamestown, ND, 1970

Teaching

  • clinical faculty, University of South Florida Medical School, 1971-74
  • MH theory instructor, Saddleback College 2010-2011
  • MH theory instructor, clinical instructor/clinical coordinator 2014-present
  • Taught multiple inservices in hospitals and in community over many years

Research

  • “Isolation of Affect”-research project in Masters Program

Publications/Presentations

  • “Intervention in a Pathological Cycle of Anxiety”, Journal of Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health Services, March-April, 1974, pp. 21-25.
  • Chapter in Quality Patient Care and the Role of the Clinical Nursing Specialist, Rotkovitch, R., et. al., John Wiley and Sons, 1976.
  • Chapter in Clinical and Scientific Sessions, American Nurses Association, 1979.
  • Co-author of series of six pamphlets on Psychotropic Medications, copyrighted 1980.
Linda Murphy

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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.

Teaching

  • Health Assessment
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing Theory
  • Skills Lab
  • Previously taught Foundations of Nursing Practice and Medical Surgical Clinical

Education

  • Gerontological Nurse National Certification, RN-BC, 2010-present
  • Orthopedic Nurse National Certification, ONC, 2008-present
  • University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, Master of Science, Nursing and Health Care Education, 2008
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills, Dominguez Hills, CA, Bachelor of Science, Nursing, 1995, Magna Cum Laude
  • Lawrence MEMORIAL HOSPITAL School of Nursing, Medford, MA, Registered Nurse, 1976

Professional Associations/Recognitions

  • American Association of Gerontology Nurses
  • National Association of Nurse Educators
  • National Association of Orthopedic Nurses –Member, national education committee
  • National League of Nursing
  • Member: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
  • Co- Award recipient: NLN Hearst award for excellence in gerontology –implementation of ACES simulation project 2013
  • Professor Emeritus -College of the Desert
  • Advisor of the year (2012) College of the Desert Student Nurse Association

Professional Publications

National Association of Orthopedic Nursing Association (NAON):

  • Author: Hip and Knee chapters of the revision of “Core Competencies for the Orthopedic Nurse”
  • Reviewer: Shoulder chapter of the revision of “Core Competencies for the Orthopedic Nurse”
  • Reviewer: Postoperative Urinary Retention chapter of the “NAON Nursing Education Practice Points”
  • Reviewer: Hip and Knee chapters of the “NAON Patient Education Manual”
Tiffani Natalini-Whitmore

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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.

Education

  • M.S.N., The University of Phoenix
  • A.D.N., College of the Desert
  • M.S. in industrial and operations engineering, ergonomics focus, The University of Michigan
  • B.S. in kinesiology, movement science focus, The University of Michigan

Teaching

  • NUSA 292 Adult Medical/Surgical Nursing Clinical
  • NUSA 294 Nursing Skills Lab
  • NUSA 203 Adult Medical/Surgical Theory
Dina Neeman

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Education

  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice 2015 Western University of Health Sciences
  • Masters of Science in Nursing 2012 Western University of Health Sciences

Teaching

  • Community Health Course Coordinator
  • Student Success Coordinator
  • Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing

Adjunct Faculty

Caroline Rae

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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.

Education

  • Currently working towards obtaining her doctoral degree from the University of La Verne
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Vanguard University Southern California, 2013
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, California State University Long Beach, 1992

Teaching

Coordinator: Nursing Skills Lab, Open Lab, & Adult Medical/Surgical Clinical

  • NUSA 201 Foundations of Nursing
  • NUSA 294 Nursing Skills Lab
  • NUSA 292 Adult Medical/Surgical Nursing Clinical
Eliana Rojas

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, UC Irvine, 1998
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, CSU Long Beach, 2003
  • Master of Science in Nursing, CSU Long Beach, 2007

Teaching

  • CSU Long Beach 2008-2015
  • Long Beach City College 2008-2015

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

Research interest: Do nursing students in online programs tend to do better in NCLEX testing than those students enrolled in a traditional program?

Dr. Cheryl Smythe-Padgham

Assistant Dean and Director of Nursing

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.

Education

  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), Southern California State University Consortium
  • Master of Science in Nursing and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, University of California, San Francisco
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Southern California

Teaching

  • Women’s Health Care
  • Physical Assessment
  • Foundations of Nursing
  • Leadership/Management

Research

DNP project: Nurse Practitioner’s knowledge and use of the internet for adolescent health information

Publications/Presentations

  • (2016) contributions were added to the textbook Transcultural Nursing: Assessment and Intervention by Dr. Joyce Newman Giger.
  • (2015, March) Poster presentation of research at CANP Conference, Newport Beach, CA
  • (2014, November) Poster presentation of research at STTI Odyssey Nursing Research Conference, Ontario, CA

Assistant Professor of Nursing / Simulationist

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