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Online Master of Science in Nursing Faculty

"Many of the professors were also working on further degree work themselves and actively engaged in roles within nursing, research, and leadership. This enabled them to understand the roles we all were juggling during degree work and gave them a more comprehensive view of nursing’s opportunities and challenges beyond the academic realm."
– Danielle Piper, '19, MSN Clinical Nurse Leader

Nichole Arcaro, MSN, RN Ms. Arcaro received her MSN from University of Phoenix. Her MSN project was creating a pain management and heart failure education session for staff nurses that were approved for Ohio Board of Nursing continuing education credit and presented to critical care and subacute nursing staff. Ms. Arcaro has 16 years of nursing experience and 7 years of teaching experience. She has taught online nursing courses including graduate level clinical nurse leader track practicum courses, collaborative healthcare, community health nursing and transitions to professional nursing.

Victoria Brahe, PhD, RN, MSN Dr. Brahe received her PhD from Capella University. Her dissertation was student use of informal communities in online RN-BSN programs. Her research interests are online teaching and learning as well as virtual reality. Her work on online orientation redesign as well as engaging the online learner in academic writing has been published. Dr. Brahe has 27 years of nursing experience and 11 years of teaching experience. Dr. Brahe has taught many courses including nursing inquiry, nursing education practicum, curriculum development, nursing theory, nursing research and critical care.

Lisa Capps, PhD, APN Dr. Capps received her PhD from University of Kansas. Her dissertation was on the concepts of health and illness of the Protestant Hmong. Her research interests are Hmong health culture, traditional healing and complementary and alternative therapies. Dr. Capps has many years of experience in the field of nursing as a nurse, nurse practitioner, and as an educator. She has taught advanced health assessment, philosophical and theoretical foundations of nursing and community and population health nursing.

Mary Donnelly, EdD, RN, MSN Dr. Donnelly received her EdD from Nova Southeastern University. Her dissertation was a comparison of nursing student achievement and satisfaction utilizing different teaching methods. Her research interests are women and depression. Dr. Donnelly has many years of experience in nursing and teaching. She has taught concepts theories and issues in nursing education, nursing education role practicum, clinical leader immersion, administrative leadership in nursing practicum learning principles and instructional methods for the adult learner and clinical leader.

Lynn Elliott, MS, RN Ms. Elliott received her MS from University of South Florida. She has presented her work on maternal and child health issues. Ms. Elliott has over 30 years of experience in nursing and spent the beginning of her career in hospitals working in pediatrics. She has taught many nursing courses including epidemiology, public health and maternal and child health.

Susan Hampson, MS, APN, NP-C, CNE Ms. Hampson received her MS from Purdue University Calumet. Her research interests are end of life care and faculty presence and student success. Ms. Hampson has over 30 years of experience in the acute care setting and many years of experience as an educator. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner, and has taught emergency nursing and family health care, medical-surgical nursing and pharmacology.

Marti Kessack, PhD, MSN/ED, BSN, RN, HCM Dr. Kessack received her PhD from Capella University. Her dissertation was studying how faculty teaches complementary and alternative therapy to pre-licensure nursing students. Dr. Kessack’s work on the worst flu season on record and how to combat it, and horizontal violence the nurse’s rite to passage or shameful behavior has been published. Dr. Kessack has 29 years of experience in nursing and 10 years in teaching and has taught nursing online courses including advanced health assessment, community health nursing and advanced pharmacology.

Cathriya Penny, DNP, MSN, ACHPN, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, BC-ADM, CCP Dr. Penny received her DNP from George Washington University. Her capstone project was a systematic review of the outcome and impacts of nurse-lead transition of emerging adults with diabetes. Some of her research interests are application of palliative care philosophy to chronic care management and facilitation of patient activated, holistic health behavioral changes within the context of self-efficacy and empowerment. She is both a family and geriatric nurse practitioner, and an experienced teacher and has taught philosophical and theoretical foundations of advanced nursing practice, nursing inquiry and health care ethics.

Michele Poradzisz, PhD, RN, CNE, CNL Dr. Poradzisz received her PhD from University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation was on variables affecting quality of life and adherence in type 2 diabetes. Her research interests are: self-management and quality of life in people with type 2 diabetes, use of concept maps as a teaching strategy and student satisfaction and outcomes with hybrid courses. Dr. Poradzisz has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing courses including: pharmacology, advanced pharmacology, nursing research, nursing theory and clinical leader role.

Lawrence Santiago, EdD, MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, NE-BC, CNE Dr. Santiago received his EdD from University of Phoenix. His work on patients with lack of decisional capacity, 24-hour chart checks, and why make post-discharge phone calls, has been published. Dr. Santiago has 18 years of nursing experience and along with teaching he is an Education Program Coordinator at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Santiago has taught nursing courses including clinical leader role, fundamentals of nursing, teaching and learning strategies, geronotological nursing and medical-surgical nursing.