Victoria Bennett

M.S.N., B.S.N.
Instructor
Email: vbennett@saintlukescollege.edu

Instructor Victoria Bennett joined the faculty in 2013. She earned a B.S.N. from DePauw University in 1979 and a M.S.N. from Webster University in 2013.

Her experience includes staff nurse at Menorah Medical Center, clinical nurse at Kaiser Permanente, school nurse at Raytown South High School and director of nursing at Spofford Home.

She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings including medical, surgical, PCCU, postpartum, recovery room, pain management, and adult and pediatric behavioral health. She has supervised the nursing care of pediatric residents in a psychiatric treatment facility as well. Most recently she was the Infection Prevention, Employee Health, and Staff Development Manager at Crittenton Children’s Center. Bennett is a member of the Missouri Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau.

She is especially interested in missions and has been ever since a mission trip to Haiti when she was in nursing school. Since that time she has been to India and Ireland on mission trips and is Vice President on the House of Friends board, a nonprofit organization. They sponsor a children’s home in Uganda and she makes frequent trips on medical missions and teaching missions to Uganda.

 

Jennifer Blanchard

M.S.N., R.N., C.W.O.N.
Assistant Professor
Email: jblanchard@saintlukescollege.edu

Assistant Professor Jennifer Blanchard joined the faculty of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences in 2012. Her educational background includes an M.S.N. in Family Rural Nursing through the Nurse Educator track from the University of Central Missouri in 2011, a bachelor of science from Central Methodist University in 2006, and an associate’s degree in nursing from State Fair Community College in 2001. She began her nursing career by obtaining her certificate in Practical Nursing from Warrensburg Area Vocational Technical School in 1998. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri Kansas City and is particularly interested in the grief and loss cycle in relationship to social media.

She is a member of the National League of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning. She is a nationally board Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse (CWON) and is clinically skilled in med/surg, oncology, and wound/ostomy nursing. She previously initiated and directed a Wound/Ostomy clinic and ostomy support group, has initiated, directed, and taught previously at the Practical Nursing level, was an American Heart Association Basic Life Support instructor, and currently teaches NCLEX-RN prep courses for Kaplan Corporation.

Her areas of teaching and clinical expertise include foundations, health assessment, and complex care simulation. Research interests include telenursing, technologies in nursing and innovative pedagogical strategies. She is most happy when blessed with a “teachable moment” and realizes that she has been given an immeasurable opportunity to have a small part in nursing’s future.

 

Leslyn Brouillette

M.S.N., R.N.
Associate Professor
Email: lbrouillette@saintlukescollege.edu

Associate Professor Leslyn Brouillette joined the faculty in January 2013. She received her Master’s in Nursing degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1997 after graduating from the University of Central Missouri with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1989.

Brouillette is board certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings including Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Occupational Health, Urgent Care, Reproductive Health, and Geriatrics. She currently practices for Optum Health Services focusing on Geriatric Primary Care in the long-term care setting. Along with clinical practice, she has participated in pharmaceutical research, serving as a Sub-Investigator for multispecialty clinical trials at the Center for Pharmaceutical Research in Kansas City from 2007 to 2012, where she conducted clinical trials research with subjects of all ages, primarily focused in the specialty areas of arthritis care, women’s healthcare, and vaccine development.

Prior to joining Saint Luke’s, Associate Professor Brouillette had been a faculty member in several academic institutions including Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, Collin College in McKinney, Texas, and the Metropolitan Community Colleges in Kansas City. In addition, she has served as a clinical faculty adjunct/Nurse Practitioner clinical preceptor for Arizona State University and Kennesaw State University.

She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Geriatric Advanced Practice Nurses Association, the Greater Kansas City Nurse Practitioner Association, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and Sigma Theta Tau International.

Elizabeth Cita

M.S.N., B.S., R.N.
Assistant Professor
Email: bcita@saintlukescollege.edu

Instructor Elizabeth Cita joined the faculty in 2013. She is completing her B.S.N./M.S.N. in nursing education from Walden University. She holds a bachelor of science in health arts from the College of St. Francis (1993) and a diploma in nursing from Saint Luke’s Nursing School (1985).

She worked at Menorah Medical Center as a staff nurse in surgical/oncology and the intensive care unit. She was also a preceptor and interim manager of the Intensive Care Unit. Before coming to the College, she was at Saint Luke’s Northland Hospital as a staff nurse in the operating room where she gained experience as a scheduling manager, quality data specialist, director of the extended care unit, clinical consultant, and educator.

The Kansas City Nursing News, the American Journal of Nursing, Nursing 2010 have all published articles by her. She was an examiner in 2003 for the Missouri Quality Award. She received the I.J. Mnookin Critical Care Award in 1993 and was nominated for the Kansas Heart of Healthcare Award in 1995 and 1999, and for the Tribute to Missouri Nurses Award in 1995.

She is a member of the American Nurses Association/Missouri Nurses Association, the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, the Association of Operating room Nurses, and is past chair of our College Alumni Scholarship Committee. Cita also serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the Rose Brooks Center, a women's and children's emergency shelter located in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

Deb Grandstaff

M.S.N., B.S.N.
Assistant Professor
Email: dgrandstaff@saintlukescollege.edu

Assistant Professor Deb Grandstaff joined the faculty at Saint Luke’s College in spring 2012. She earned her M.S.N. from Webster University, Kansas City, 2010; a B.S.N. from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois in 1987; and a diploma in nursing from Graham Hospital School of Nursing, Canton, Illinois in 1980. She has worked in a variety of settings and in different roles including emergency, medical-surgical, telemetry nursing, nursing management, and case management.

Her educational philosophy is to create a positive learning environment in which there are clearly defined expectations, guidance, acceptance, encouragement, honest communication and mutual respect. Her goal in teaching is to guide students on a journey of personal and professional growth that inspires them to become better nurses and individuals. She feels it is an honor and great responsibility to be an educator in the noble profession of nursing and believes that teaching is an adventure that touches the heart.

 

Jane Hedrick

Ph.D., R.N.
Professor
Email: jhedrick@saintlukescollege.edu

Professor Jane Hedrick has been a faculty member of Saint Luke’s College since 1997. She received her B.S.N. from the University of Iowa in 1975; her M.S.N. from University of Missouri- Kansas City in 1992 and her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2003.

The focus of her career in nursing education has been in maternal-child and community health nursing. Dr. Hedrick was named the 2001 Researcher by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses/Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute Marshall Klaus Mother/Baby. This award supported her dissertation research entitled: “The Lived Experience of Pregnancy While Carrying a Child with a Congenital Abnormality.” Her findings of were published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological and Neonatal Nursing. Dr. Hedrick has given 13 conference presentations and published 11 journal articles. She received the Professional Achievement Faculty Award from Saint Luke’s College in 2004, and her dissertation was nominated for an Outstanding Dissertation Award that same year. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and AWHONN and has been an active member of Saint Luke’s Hospital’s Nursing Research Council since 1993. Her interests in nursing education focus on the areas for innovative learning environments and clinical simulation.

Hedrick's most recent scholarly activities include a poster presentation at the 14th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare. Her presentation was: "Simulation and technology integration to improve clinical outcomes." Also in 2014, she gave a presentation at the quarterly meeting of the Simulation Users Group Across the Region (SUGAR) titled: "Pearls from the international meeting on simulation in healthcare conference."

 

Lucy Hood

Ph.D., M.S.N., B.S.N.
Professor
Email: lhood@saintlukescollege.edu

Professor Lucy Hood joined the College faculty in 1989. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania; a master’s in adult nursing with an emphasis in teaching from the University of Missouri—Kansas City, a B.S.N. from Webster University, Webster Groves, Missouri; and a diploma in nursing from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing.

She received the Region 2 Sigma Theta Tau Dissertation Award in 1998 and the Widerner University Nursing Doctoral School of Nursing Dean’s Award for Doctoral Excellence. Additionally, she was selected for the College Faculty Professional Achievement Award twice—in 1997 and again in 2003. In 1990 she was the recipient of the Second Place Award in the Kinetic Concepts Inc. writing contest for first time nurse authors for an article published in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. In 2012 she was awarded the Isabel Curdy Excellence in Teaching Award.

Her publications include eight editions of Leddy & Pepper’s Conceptual Bases of Professional Nursing, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins and used in at least 30 nursing colleges in the United States. She published as a coauthor in the following journals: Journal of Transcultural Nursing, American Journal of Nursing, Nurse Educator, Journal of Professional Nursing, and Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. She has been a contributing author to Springhouses’ Handbook of Nursing Procedures and Medical Terminology Made Incredibly Easy. In addition to her publishing activities, she has given at least 52 conference and seminar presentations, consultations, and clinical conferences.

She is a member of the following professional organizations: the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, the Oncology Nursing Society, the American Nurses Association, the Missouri Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing, the Missouri League for Nursing, Nurse Educator Advocates for Undergraduate Scholarship, and the American Association of University Professors. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International—Lambda Phi Chapter twice serving as president and a year as vice-president. She also serves on the Breckenridge School of Nursing Advisory Board.

Dr. Hood is very active in the community serving as an adjunct faculty in the St. Luke’s Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education Program, providing consultation and mentoring to staff nurses and graduate students who are working on research projects. She is the First Aid Nurse in her parish and was a disaster shelter nurse during an ice storm in 2002.

In 2013 she is served on The Professional Nurse Educator's Group National Conference. In 2014 she is serving on several committees for the KC STTI Symposium, the Graceland University' Annual Research Day committee, and the MONA Nursing Advocacy Committee. 

 

Jackie Kampmann

M.S.N., M.N., B.S.N.
Associate Professor
Email: jkampmann@saintlukescollege.edu

Associate Professor Jackie Kampmann has been a nurse educator since 1980. Her master’s thesis was titled “The Effects of Therapeutic Touch in Anxiety in AIDS Patients.” She earned an M.N. from the University of Kansas in 1988, a B.S.N. from the University of Kansas in 1974, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Kansas in 1971.

Her clinical area of expertise is psychiatric/mental health nursing and community health nursing and she has cultivated a broad knowledge base related to complementary/alternative medicine. She has developed and taught elective nursing courses in both Therapeutic Touch and Holistic Health Nursing.

In recent years Jackie has served on the Saint Luke’s Hospital Ethics Advisory Committee and through this service has developed a strong interest in nursing ethics. She has conducted research examining moral distress in nurses. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Missouri Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses.

 

Karen Komoroski

Ph.D., M.S.N., B.S.N.
Professor
Email: kkomoroski@saintlukescollege.edu

Professor Karen Komoroski joined the faculty of Saint Luke’s College in 2011. She received a B.S.N. from Graceland University and a M.S.N. from the University of Kansas with emphasis areas in community health nursing, primary care of the adult and nursing education. In addition to receiving her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Kansas, she holds a certificate in outcomes measurement from the University of Kansas and an Education Specialist degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri Kansas City.

Dr. Komoroski taught at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Kansas City for 23 years. During her tenure at MCC, she served as chairperson of the Nursing Division, developed the region’s only evening/weekend professional nursing program and was a member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s National Simulation Study team. Prior to that she worked as an occupational health nurse for Hallmark Cards, Inc., as a mother/baby nurse at St. Joseph Health Center, and as a community health nursing instructor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing.

She maintains clinical practice in home health and occupational health on a PRN basis and is a National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator. She received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2004 from the American Red Cross for over 25 years of volunteer service as a nurse and member of the Nursing Advisory Committee. Her research interests include care of vulnerable populations, the use of technology in home care, simulation in healthcare education, and clinical education policy development.

 

Nancy Krahl

M.S.N., M.A., R.N.
Associate Professor
Email: nkrahl@saintlukescollege.edu

Associate Professor Nancy Krahl joined the Saint Luke’s College faculty in 1972. She has a M.S.N. in Maternal-Child Nursing, an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching, and a B.S.W. in Social Work, all from the University of Kansas. She also earned a Diploma in Nursing from the Independence Sanitarium Hospital School of Nursing.

Previous academic appointments include Graceland University, Mid-American Nazarene University, and Webster University. In addition to her teaching background, she has worked in hospice/home health, women’s health, community health, and maternal-newborn nursing. She has been a camp staff nurse for many years and teaches a summer clinical elective at Camp M.I.T.I.O.G. (Made in the Image of God), a camp for children with spina bifida, since 1991. Her students work with the camp nursing staff to provide health promotion, education, and care for these special campers in a week long residential camp setting. Nancy states: “It has been rewarding to see graduates who have taken this elective return as R.N.'s to assist in this camp and, also, with other special needs camps throughout the greater Kansas City area.”

Krahl has served on the Board of the Association of Camp Nurses where she helped develop the Standards of Practice for Camp Nurses. Currently, she serves on the Research Committee of ACN. Nancy has provided area and regional workshops on camp nursing and has been a presenter at the Association of Camp Nurses’ National Conferences. She is involved with the Health Ministries Association, Saint Luke’s College Honor Society, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. She serves as a health ministries nurse in her local church.

She has been nominated and received several academic awards and honors and has given numerous conference presentations and has authored four journal articles.

 

Karen Lea

M.S.N., B.S.N.
Associate Professor
Email: klea@saintlukescollege.edu

Associate Professor Karen Lea joined the Saint Luke’s College faculty in 1982 with a strong clinical background in pediatric nursing. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Kansas with a clinical emphasis in Maternal-Child Nursing in 1988. She received her B.S.N. from the University of Texas in San Antonio in 1977, and her initial nursing education from Trinity Lutheran Hospital in 1968.

She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings and in many different roles including nursing administrator and clinical nurse specialist at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She has also been an adjunct for Webster University. Some of the courses she teaches include Nursing of Children and Families, Community Centered Nursing, Professional Issues, Life Transitions, and electives in Parenting and Domestic Violence. As an adjunct professor at Webster University she has taught classes in Health Education, Family Nursing and Community Nursing.

Professional interests include managing pain in young children, caring for underserved children and families, and teaching effectiveness. She is especially passionate about community nursing and introducing students to the nursing opportunities and challenges among vulnerable populations. She is involved with Operation Breakthrough—a nonprofit agency serving children and families among the working poor.

 

Kay Luft

M.S.N., R.N.
Associate Professor
Email: kluft@saintlukescollege.edu

Associate Professor Kay Luft joined the Saint Luke’s College faculty in 1991. She graduated from Avila College in 1974 with a B.S.N. and from the University of Kansas in 1983 with her M.S.N.

Her areas of teaching and clinical expertise include critical care nursing, adult health, and pathophysiology. She also coordinates the Transition to Practice capstone course placing senior nursing students with preceptors in area hospital. She is an adjunct faculty member at Webster University and teaches NCLEX prep courses for the Kaplan Corporation.

She has also been a co-contributor and reviewer for many nursing textbooks most recently reviewing a textbook on pathophysiology published by W.B. Sander and reviewing research abstracts for the National Teaching Institute. In 2014 she gave presentations at the Visions 2014 Annual Symposium--"Adrenal crisis in the trauma patient" and "Critical care nursing as a career choice" at the Saint Luke's College Discover Nursing Club meeting. At the Saint Luke's Hospital Nursing Research Day she was a judge. She is an active member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, served as a national chapter advisor for Region 14 (Missouri and Kansas), and is treasurer for the Greater Kansas City Chapter of AACN. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, ANA and MONA. She also serves on the Nursing Research Council at Saint Luke’s Hospital and volunteers her time as an ACLS instructor and a judge at the Kansas City Science Fair held annually every spring. She maintains professional certification in both critical care nursing and trauma nursing and became a certified nurse educator in 2010.

 

Vicki Meek

M.S., B.S.N.,C.N.E.
Associate Professor
Email: vmeek@saintlukescollege.edu

Associate Professor/Clinical Coordinator Vicki Meek joined the faculty in 2013. She has a M.S. from Kansas University Medical Center (1993), a B.S.N. from Northern Illinois University (1982), and maintains Certification as a Nursing Educator.

Prior to joining the faculty at Saint Luke’s College, Meek taught 20 years at William Jewell College serving five years as Nursing Department Chairperson. Mental Health and Community Health have been her main area of classroom teaching and professional practice, while also directing independent studies, and chairing numerous academic committees.

Her path in nursing education began in 1985 at Penn Valley Community College.. Meek’s previous nursing experience in the Kansas City area includes staff nursing at Marillac Center for Children, Charter Behavioral Health Systems, Bethany Medical Center, the Visiting Nurse Association, and opening an office for a Minnesota based case management company, Karr Rehabilitation Services, Inc. She has been a volunteer at the Kendallwood Hospice and the Kansas City Hospice Solace House.

She has published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, and the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning. She has presented at 11 local, national, and international conferences in the area civility in nursing education and mistakes in professional practice. She has also successfully written grants with awards totaling a quarter of a million dollars. Meek accompanied nursing students to Harlaxton, England teaching community health nursing within the United Kingdom. In 2006 she was awarded a Sabbatical to study and research on the topic of incivility within nursing education. She was the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award from the Research Foundation Board in 2006. She has been a member of the International Nursing Honor Society (Sigma Theta Tau International) since 1993, serving for many years as a faculty advisor and has also maintained membership in the American Nurses Association.

 

Terra Merrick

B.S.N., R.N.
Instructor
Email: tmerrick@saintlukescollege.edu

Instructor Terra Merrick started with Saint Luke's College as an adjunct faculty member in 2012. She earned her B.S.N. from William Jewel in 2006 and is working on her M.S.N. in Nursing Education and expects to complete the program spring of 2014. She has worked in a number of settings including ICU, PCU, telemetry, medical surgical, home health and the emergency department. Her experience includes mentoring new nursing graduates and providing education to patients and family member regarding prevention, care and management of acute and chronic illness and injury. She has worked as a traveling nurse as well.

 

Deborah Negus

M.S.N., R.N.
Assistant Professor
Email: dnegus@saintlukescollege.edu

Assistant Professor Deborah Negus began teaching for Saint Luke’s College as an adjunct in 2008 teaching leadership and clinical fundamentals. She joined the faculty fulltime in 2012. She received her diploma in 1975 from Saint Luke’s School of Nursing, her B.A. in 1977 from Drury College, Springfield Missouri, and a M.S.N. in 2011 from the University of Phoenix.

She has an extensive background in surgical nursing, ophthalmology, orthopedics, medical cardiology, and cardiac transplantation.

Her educational philosophy originates from the belief to pass forward the excitement she continues to have with biological sciences and blending of compassion towards the patient experiencing the distress of the disease; thus blending the art and science of nursing. Assisting in educating future nurses is her contribution to the profession. She continues to find that nursing holds extreme fluidity that can be practiced anywhere in the global setting.

She participated in the Saint Luke’s Hospital spring, 2013 poster/research event on the topic of heart failure. The poster was titled “Comparison of two inpatient educational methods in the heart failure patient.” She has received the Angel for an Award in 2003, was nominated for the Mary Reed Award in 2011 and for the 2011 Future of Nursing Award by the March of Dimes Foundation Greater Kansas City Chapter. She participated in the spring Research Day at Saint Luke’s Hospital with a poster presentation she and her group researched called, “Comparison of Two Inpatient Educational Methods in the Heart Failure Patient.” Most recently she gave a presentation at KU Medical Center's Regional Magnet Conference.

 

Caroline Olawaiye

M.S.N., B.S.N., A.D.N.
Instructor
Email: colawaiye@saintlukescollege.edu

Instructor Caroline Olawaiye joined the College faculty full time in 2013 after having served there as a graduate student. She conducted instruction both in the classroom and the skills lab for the Health Assessment and Promotion course.

She earned an M.S.N. in 2013 and a B.S.N. in 2009, both from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 1997 she completed an A.D.N. at Penn Valley Community College.

Her work experience includes the Research Medical Center as a PRN R.N. in neuropathy/orthopedic, and at Trinity Lutheran Hospital as a staff R.N. in rehabilitation. More recently she worked at Saint Luke's Hospital-Plaza site as a rehabilitation staff R.N.

She has made eight presentations to professional nurses at Saint Luke’s Hospital and at the UMKC School of Nursing. She has made the honor roll for Phi Theta Kappa for three years beginning in 1994.

Her memberships include Sigma Theta Tau International, Lambda Phi Chapter, the American Association of Rehab Nurses, the Missouri Black Nurses’ Association, and the American Nurses Association. She is certified in CRRN and Basic Life Support, as well as being a licensed R.N. in both Missouri and Kansas.

She is active with service activities as a resource/education R.N., a member of the Saint Luke’s Nurse Fellowship (Preceptor Committee), and Primary Preceptor Rehabilitation Unit.

 

Teresa Denk Smajda

M.N., B.S., C.N.A.
Assistant Professor
Email: tsmajda@saintlukescollege.edu

Assistant Professor Teresa Denk Smajda joined the faculty of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences in August 2012. She began her nursing career as a C.N.A. in 1998, a B.S. in sociology and women’s studies at Kansas State University in 2002, went on to a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing program at the University of Minnesota and completed a bridge program to earn a M.N. in 2008.

Her nursing background includes labor and delivery, postpartum, newborn nursery, and prenatal care in a family centered care environment. Most of her career has been in Minneapolis, but she moved back to Kansas City in 2009 and has worked in prenatal case management at the Johnson County Health Department as well as labor and delivery at Saint Luke’s South Hospital. She taught as an adjunct in obstetrics and foundations of nursing in 2011.

She is a member of Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, the American Nurses Association, the Minnesota Nurses Association the Missouri Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International. Her research interests include Women’s Health, specifically pregnancy and preventative care, in vulnerable populations of the community such as teen mothers, low income families, the homeless, and women in prison.

She is proud to be a nurse and even more proud to give back to the profession as a nurse educator. She believes that it is necessary to teach the art and science of nursing together in order to truly provide holistic care of patients.

 

Megan Ubben

M.S.N., B.S.N.
Assistant Professor
Email: mubben@saintlukescollege.edu

Assistant professor Megan Ubben joined the faculty in 2013. She earned a M.S.N. from Walden University in 2012 and her B.S.N. from Pittsburg State University in 2005. She is a certified pediatric nurse and is also certified in Basic Life Support, and Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization.

Her experiences include senior nurse tech, staff nurse, and clinical instructor while working at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She has also been a simulation lab instructor, didactic instructor, and clinical instructor at Penn Valley Community College.

In 2013 she attended the Annual National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development attending many workshops in addition to one on "Foster concept-based learning: Getting started." Ubben is passionate about teaching and is continually exploring ways to improve student learning.

 

Sharon White-Lewis

M.S.N., R.N..
Assistant Professor
Email: swhitelewis@saintlukescollege.edu

Assistant Professor Sharon White-Lewis joined the faculty at Saint Luke’s College in 2012. She earned a M.S.N. from Webster University, a B.S.N. from Webster in 2008, and a Diploma in Nursing from the Research School of Nursing in 1979. She is pursuing a doctorate at the University of Kansas City-Missouri.

She was the director of nursing at Sabates Eye Center and talk health law coursework at the University of Mary. She has worked in various clinical and supervisory capacities at Saint Luke’s Hospital, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Miami County Medical Center, Olathe Medical Center, and Research Medical Center.

Her clinical experience includes Neonatal Intensive Care, Surgery, GI Lab, Emergency Room, Pre-op and Pacu. She opened an ambulatory surgery center which was then accredited by CMS. She has also been an educator for over 20 years in professional development and as a surgical educator.

Sharon had the unique opportunity of developing a new surgical procedure in laparoscopic surgeries and taught it in 11 countries around the world; meeting nurses from all walks of life. She is published in three languages and has invented surgical instruments used today. One of her accomplishments is clinical research in robotics including use of free standing robots for educational purposes. She has given 17 presentations at conferences in the United States, and 20 presentations at conferences internationally in Italy, France, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Mexico, and Luxembourg. She has published six scholarly articles in medical journals and written textbook entries for two textbooks.

She belongs to the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), the Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC), the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGA/SGNA), and was founder and president of the Society of Laparoscopic Associates in 1992 the United States and Mexico

Most recently, she was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Saint Luke's College Homecoming luncheon sharing her experiences and passion for nursing.