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Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Dr. Janice S. Williams, RN; ACNS-BC; CDE; CNE

Professor of Nursing and Program Director

jwilliams@cofo.edu

Education and Certification:
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Masters of Science in Nursing - University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing -- Union University, Jackson, TN
Associate of Science in Nursing - Union University, Jackson, TN

Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) by the National League for Nursing

CCNE Site Evaluator & Missouri Board of Nursing Adjunct Surveyor

Nationally Certified as Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist by ANCC
Parish Nursing Certificate

Over 28 years in nursing education with19 years in nursing administration

Research and Scholarly Interests:
Teaching students how to reason well

Critical Thinking Assessment in Nursing Education
Leadership/Mentoring
Diabetes Education

 

Rebecca Hamon, RN; MSN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

rhamon@cofo.edu

Education and Certification:
A.A., Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
A.S.N., St. John’s College of Nursing, Springfield, MO 
B.S.N., Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO
M.S.N., Cox College, Springfield, MO

Nursing Experience:

Neonatal ICU and newborn nursery
Mother-Baby care (post-partum)

Nursing management

Research and Scholarly Interests:

 

Lisa Herchenroeder, RN; MSN; CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing

lchase@cofo.edu

Education and Certification:

Masters of Science in Nursing (Psychiatric Mental Health) - University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Diploma in Nursing – Burge School of Nursing, Springfield, MO

Nursing Experience: Medical Intensive Care Unit; Emergency Room

Research and Scholarly Interests:
Rapid screening for suicidal ideation
Incorporating a Biblical worldview in nursing practice
Use of humor and media selections to enhance learning

 

Rebecca Meyer, RN-BC; MSN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

rmeyer@cofo.edu

Education and Certification:

A.S.N., Fort Scott Community College, Kansas
B.S.N., University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.S.N., Cox School of Nursing, Missouri

Nursing Experience: Behavioral health, Medical-surgical; ICU 

 

Dana Rookstool, RN; MSN; CNE

Assistant Professor of Nursing

drookstool@cofo.edu

Education and Certification:
B.S.N., Research College of Nursing, Kansas City, MO
M.S.N., Missouri State University, Springfield, MO 

Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) by the National League for Nursing

Nursing Experience:

pediatrics in community/school health
CCU, ICU, ER; previously certified Critical Care and Emergency Nurse (CCRN, CEN)
Patient and Family Educator
Critical Care Staff Educator

Research and Scholarly Interests:

Redefining health care delivery models to align with complex clinical microsystems
Unconventional methods to create memorable learning
Telehealth

 

Karen N. Shepherd, RN; MSN; CHSE

Associate Professor of Nursing & Learning Technology Coordinator

kshepherd@cofo.edu

Education and Certification:

Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Masters of Science in Nursing - Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO
Diploma in Nursing - St. John’s School of Nursing, Springfield, MO

Nursing Experience:
11 years of hospital experience including Medical/Surgical, Obstetrics, Emergency Room, and Management
3 years of home health and hospice experience

Research and Scholarly Interests:

Simulation Design and Learning
Preceptorship
Humor and Education
Critical Thinking

 

Dr. Diane Smith, RN; FCN; CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing

dsmith@cofo.edu

Education and Certification:

Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) by the National League for Nursing

Faith Community Nurse 

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), Rush University, Chicago, IL

Masters of Science in Nursing -- University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
Bachelor of Science in Nursing -- Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO
Diploma in Nursing --Burge School of Nursing, Springfield, MO

Nursing Experience
Inpatient Psychiatric, Quality Improvement, Case Management, Public Health 

Teaching Experience
Community and Public Health Nursing
Trends, Issues, and Ethics
Epidemiology and Communicable Disease Prevention

Research and Scholarly Interests
Communicable Disease Prevention
Preceptorship
End of life issues

Denise Tlustos, RN-BC; MSN; MAC; CNE

Assistant Professor of Nursing

dtlustos@cofo.edu

Education and Certification:
Masters of Science in Nursing – Southwest Baptist University, Springfield, MO

Masters of Arts – Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO
Bachelor of Science in Nursing –University of Missouri,Columbia, MO

Nursing Experience:

Gerontology; leadership/  management; quality improvement; long-term and adult med-surg care

Bonnie M. Todd, RN; MSN; FNP-BC

Associate Professor of Nursing

btodd@cofo.edu

Education and Certifications
Masters of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner – University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – University of New York, Albany, NY
Associate of Science in Nursing – Mohave Community College, Kingman, AZ

Nursing Experience
15 years hospital experience including areas of Critical Care (neurology, cardiac, medical/surgical, bone marrow transplant)
Emergency Room, Flight Nursing, Management, and In-service.
7 years Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice
5 years Nurse Practitioner in Neurology and Pain Management

Research and Scholarly Interests
Sleep Disorders
Peripheral Neuropathies
Chronic Pain Management, Integrative Therapies
 

Staff

Jennifer J. Thompson, M.S.

Administrative Assistant and Clinical Placement Coordinator

jjthompson@cofo.edu

Education:
Master's of Science, College Student Personnel, Arkansas Tech University, Russelville, AR
Bachelor's of Science, Interdisciplinary/Community Outreach, Arkansas Tech University, Russelville, AR

Previous Experience:

Student Services Specialist, Ozark Technical College, MO

Accounting Technician, Ozark Technical College, MO

Office Manager/Bookkeeper, Yokosuka, Japan


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