Parkland College
Champaign, Illinois
Pre-Nursing, 1973

Marycrest College
Davenport, Iowa
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1976

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Edwardsville, Illinois
Masters of Science in Nursing-Health Care/Nursing Administration 2012


January 2018-Present
Executive Director Magnet, Pathway, Professional Practice and Parish Nursing
Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Physician Group
Urbana, IL

All duties listed below plus oversight of professional practice at a critical access hospital in the region as well as 125 bed acute hospital. Clinics associated with both of these hospitals are also part of this position’s responsibility.

October 2012-December 2017
Director-Magnet, Professional Practice and Parish Nursing
Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Physician Group
Urbana, IL

Successful third designation by Magnet received in 2019. Have oversight for Pastoral Care Department as well as the Community Parish Nurse Program defined below. Facilitate and serve as resource for all shared governance councils throughout 433 bed hospital and 22 clinics. Currently responsible for professional practice of 1900+ RN/LPN across acute and ambulatory settings. Serve as resource for council chairs of Practice, Professional Development, PI/Research and Leadership councils for both hospitals and clinics. Lead several councils and recognition programs including Clinical Ladder and DAISY. Create and teach nurse leader orientation program. Develop and implement shared governance leadership training offered twice a year. Currently oversee the journey to Pathway to Excellence journey for members of our system. Continue to design and lead all Magnet re-designation efforts at Carle.

January 2012-October 2012
Director OB Services
Carle Foundation Hospital
Urbana, IL

Serve as leader for 78 FTE and responsible for associated budgets. 250 deliveries/month. Accountable for patient care delivered in Level III OB department as well as Breastfeeding Clinic and community education classes for new and expectant parents. Other duties listed below.

June 2009-January 2012
Director Magnet/Professional Practice and Parish Nursing
Director Maternal-Child

Carle Foundation Hospital
Urbana, IL

Serve as leader of 105 FTE and responsible for associated budgets. Accountable for patient care delivered in the Pediatrics, NICU and OB Services areas as well as the Breastfeeding Clinic and community education classes, All About Baby. Responsible for achieving and maintaining applicable Illinois Department of Public Health Level III code requirements. Responsible for staff hiring, orientation and discipline. Develops, implements and audits to ensure processes are hardwired and demonstrate compliance with IDPH standards. Ensures all required information is entered into in the Perinatal dashboard by the established timeframes. Develops action plans to insure quality measures are maintained. Actively participates in Carle’s Perinatal/Level III leadership activities; committee meetings and work groups. Attends regional Perinatal network meetings as appropriate.

June 2007 -August 2009
Coordinator Professional Practice/Magnet
Carle Foundation Hospital
Urbana, IL

In addition to coordinating parish nurse program listed below, responsible for all aspects of Magnet journey; including application and document submission. Facility received first designation February 2009. Facilitate and serve as resource for all shared governance councils throughout hospital. Serve as resource for council chairs of Practice, Professional Development, PI/Research, EMR/P&P and Leadership councils. Facilitate Central Council (staff chairs of unit based councils attend) and work closely with staff nurse chair of Clinical Nursing Ladder. Develop and implement shared governance leadership training offered twice a year. Speak for 5 year anniversary luncheon for employees as well as speaking for all new employees twice a month. Work closely with CNO on any projects deemed necessary.

September 1997-Present
Director Community Parish Nurse Program
Carle Foundation Hospital
Urbana, IL

Provide support to congregations and parish nurse participants in the Community Parish Nurse Program with special emphasis on assimilating new participants. Responsibilities include development and implementation of a 44-hour core curriculum to prepare faith community nurses, facilitate sharing groups, and on-going program development activities. Developed and implemented a website for program. Over 503 nurses representing 223 congregations have completed the course and are members of this program. Program selected as the winner of the 2003 Fred Graham Award for Innovation in Improving Community Health from MGMA/ACMPE and was featured on CNN.

August 1991 - August 1997
Rehabilitation Specialist
Covenant Medical Center
Urbana, IL

Travel a 120-mile radius from Rehab Center to assess potential patients for Rehab Program. Perform physical and cognitive assessments on patients to determine eligibility for admission. Responsible for all program marketing to area hospitals, insurance companies and physicians. Develop and present educational programs for nursing and therapy staffs. Act as a liaison between rehabilitation program and area hospitals. Serve on the Strategic Planning Committee for nursing and the Care Mapping Committee for the Rehab Center. Member of Transitions Design Team for Re-engineering project. Member of the Reengineering Education Team. Member of the Critical Care Collaboration Team. Served as interim Maternal Child chaplain for six months during a vacancy in Pastoral Care.

August 1990 - August 1991
Professional Recruiter,
Covenant Medical Center
Urbana, IL

Responsibilities included all recruitment activities, interviews, and final selection processes for the Departments of Nursing; Physical Therapy; Respiratory, Speech, Recreational, and Occupational Therapies. Worked regularly with recruitment agencies and search firms and attended career days at area institutions. Developed and maintained close working relationships with area colleges and universities. Committee work included: Strategic Planning and Retention Committees.

1988 - 1990
Nurse Coordinator
Covenant Medical Center/Mercy Hospital
Urbana, IL

Functioned as an Assistant to an Administrative Director for Nursing. Responsible for the following nursing units: Surgical Intensive Care, Coronary Medical Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, Intermediate Coronary Care, Surgical Medical, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Operating Room, Recovery Room, and Ambulatory Surgery. Duties Included budget planning and analysis; project coordination for lithotripsy; handling of physician and patient concerns for nursing areas, coordination of staff education programs, and JCAHO survey preparation. Committee work included: Nurse Practice, Patient Care Management, Nurse Administrative, Pediatrics, OB-GYN Committees and the Quality Task Force.

June 1989 - October 1990
Interim Nurse Manager NICU
Covenant Medical Center
Urbana, IL

The more than 36 employees of Covenant's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit report directly to the Manager. Responsibilities included patient care delivery and all of the budgetary process.

August 1989 - January 1990
Interim Manager of OB Unit
Covenant Medical Center
Urbana, IL

Served as Interim Manager for Covenant's 36-bed Obstetrical Unit. More than 80 employees reported directly to the Manager. Deliveries averaged 185 per month.

May 1987 - September 1988
Nurse Manager
Bethany Rehabilitation Center
Kansas City, KS

Accountable for nursing care provided on a 24 bed CARF accredited in-patient unit. Duties included interviewing, hiring, and supervising a staff exceeding 35 in number. Skill mix consisted of R.N., L.P.N., N.A., and U.R.. Developed and implemented policies, procedures and protocols for the unit. Operated within parameters of budget and gained experience with scheduling, acuity classification and budget analysis. Implemented many changes in direct nursing care and developed the policies for this care. Instituted relaxation tapes on closed circuit television for rehabilitation patients. Committee work included: Nursing Care Council, Rehab Program Committee, Dysphagia Team, Spinal Cord Injury Committee, General Nursing Management Group, and Co-chairmanship of the Commitment to Caring Fund.

1985 - 1987
Scott Community College
Bettendorf, IA

Duties included direction, supervision, and evaluation of up to 12 students in the clinical setting; Areas of clinical practice were Pediatrics, OB, and Med-Surg. Responsible for integrating rehabilitation nursing into the curriculum and supervising that clinical rotation. Also responsible for teaching nursing process throughout the program. Classroom teaching included Pediatrics, OB, Med-Surg. Taught both first and second level students.

1982 - 1987
Staff Nurse, Rehabilitation Unit
Mercy Hospital
Davenport, IA

Duties on this 21 bed CARF accredited unit included both assessment and supervision of patient care. Patient load included spinal cord, head trauma, CVA, amputation, and cancer rehabilitation. Acquainted with formulation of nursing diagnosis on computer system. Served as group leader for in-house training on nursing diagnosis. Gave several in-services on charting, bladder protocols, and general orientations as well as having taught aspects of rehabilitation to homemaker classes at the local community college. Served as unit member of Quality Assurance Committee, as chairperson for unit's audit dealing with urinary tract infections. Functioned as team leader, supervising individual rehabilitation team (six therapists, six nurses, social worker, dietitian, and psychologist) working with up to nine patients per team. Worked as charge nurse on evening and night shifts before assuming the responsibilities of team leader. Practices primary nursing.

1979 - 1981
Charge Nurse, psychiatric facility
Pine Knoll Health Care
Davenport, IA

Served as nursing department liaison to Medical Records Committee. Was directly responsible for patient care given to 54 patients in the facility during the night shift. Responsibility for orienting all new employees. Gave numerous in-services on developments in nursing legislation, communication techniques, charting, and history of nursing.

1977 - 1978
Program Nurse, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Scott County Health Department,
Davenport, IA

Responsible for the screening of over 4,000 children under age six in Scott County for lead poisoning. Supervised 10 Outreach workers and one lab technician. Worked with Medical Advisory Board in developing nursing protocols on follow-up care. Presented in-services to area hospital staffs and civic groups on causes and effects of lead poisoning.

1976 - 1977
Maternal Child Nurse,
Macon County Health Department
Macon, MO

Responsible for bi-monthly family planning clinics, bi-monthly pap and breast exam clinics, and seven child healthcare clinics. Gave physical exams and developmental assessments to children (0-7 years) in county. Served as school nurse for nine schools (K-12), provided general healthcare visits to older county residents, and taught prenatal Lamaze and parenting classes as well as five weight reduction classes in the community.




1983 - Present
Consultant, private nursing practice. Present workshops, lectures, seminars and retreats on Generations in the Workplace, Communication and Critical Conversations Families and Crisis, Critical Thinking, Leadership, Rehabilitation, Stroke, Neuro Assessment, Prayer, Presence, Sexuality and Spirituality, to clergy, hospitals, nursing homes, and professional organizations. Also provide staff orientation and CNE programs to Rehabilitation facilities.

1984 - Present
Lecturer, guest speaker on Neurological Assessment, Rehabilitation, Generations, Cognitive Reframing, Magnet, Grief and Loss and Parish Nursing to area colleges of nursing.


Have been a preceptor for nursing students from two, four-year; and graduate programs in every position I have held.


Registered Professional Nurse, State of Illinois




American Organization of Nurse leaders (AONL)
Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders (IONL)
Sigma Theta Tau Episilon Eta Chapter
Serve on the State of Illinois Committee for the Nurse Practice Act.
Member of Scope of Practice sub-committee 2006-07 and Scope of Practice committee 2016


AAACN-Closing -2003, Opening-2016
ANA-National Nurses Week 2019 Webinar
APOHN-Leadership pre-con 2015, Opening 2016
Cerner European Collaborative United Kingdon 2019
HeartNet-2000-Closing 2002, Closing 2014
Illinois Organization of Nursing Leaders 2000
Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives-2003, 2016
Iowa Association of Nursing Clinical Educators 2017
Magnet Conference-Closing Keynote 2017-Houston Texas
Mayo Clinic - Rochester - 1994, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017
Minnesota Organization of Nurse Leaders-2017
National Association Orthopedic Nurses (NAON), 1997, 1998 - Keynote, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2011 and 2017

North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders-2009

Nursing Management Congress-Closing-2002, 2011, 2016, 2018. Opening-2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014.

Nursing Management Congress Leadership pre-conference 2016-19

Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives-2017, 2019

Oxford University United Kingdom Magnet conference 2018

SGNA-2003, Keynote-2004, Keynote 2019

SUNA- 2016 Closing, 2020 Opening

St Jude Children’s Research Hospital -2003, 2004 and 2017

Tennessee Nurses Association-2004, 2015, 2016

Westberg Institute Faith Community Nurse Symposium - 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005-Keynote, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012

Yale-New Haven Medical Center Leadership Retreat-2011

Have given over 3800 presentations on nursing and healthcare topics at the state, national, and international level


Co-authorship - CPM Nursing Standard: Spiritual Distress, which was presented at the Mayo Clinic and NANDA, 1994
Co-authorship - AACN Core Curriculum for Sub-Acute Care, 1997
“Burns and Sexuality” The Phoenix Society, 2003
“From Wedding Rings to Nose Rings…Generational Differences”, Carle Selected Papers, 2003
“From Marcus Welby to Web MD” Carle Selected Papers, 2007
Co-authorship -Teaching Nursing: The Art and Science Fall 2003, College of DuPage and second edition Spring 2009
Co-authorship Parish Nursing: Education Development and Administration 2005 Basic Parish Nursing Preparation Curriculum 2009,
Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum-Process Dynamics section and Communication and Collaboration chapter 2014, 2019
PERSPECTIVES “Creating Sacred Space Perspectives in Faith Community Nursing” Winter 2014
PERSPECTIVES “The Annual Meeting…A Time to Reflect Perspectives in Faith Community Nursing” Winter 2015
*Spring 2020 Faith Community Nursing, Springer “From The Perspective of the Faith Community Nurse” chapter co-author


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