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Nursing professors at Elmhurst know what it takes to succeed in nursing, because they've done it themselves. Each member of our nursing faculty holds a master's degree and/or a doctorate. With close ties to the profession, they teach the latest developments in the field.

What's more, you can count on plenty of individual attention here: our clinical faculty/student ratio is 1:8. That means students get to know each other and their teachers in a collaborative, productive environment.

Want to know more? See our faculty profiles, below. Or, contact a professor directly.

Julie Hoff
Sara Blair
Barbara Bostelmann
Laura Brennan
Mary Teresa (Terry) Johnson
Sarah Katula
Janice Muzynski
Mary Oesterle
Mary Pabst
Penny Reiss
Kathleen H. Scanlon
Laury Westbury
Mary E. Weyer
C. Dawn Zibricky

Julie Hoff
Program Director
Dr. Hoff received her baccalaureate of science in nursing from Rush University. She earned a master's in public health, master of science in nursing, and Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in bio-behavioral science. She returned to Elmhurst after serving as the director of innovations and outcomes for the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. A long-time resident of Elmhurst, she has had prior connection with Elmhurst College, having taught as an adjunct faculty member in the degree-completion program for cohorts at several area hospitals. Dr. Hoff has numerous publications in peer-reviewed medical and nursing journals and has served on several NIH research grant teams.

Faculty

Sara Blair
Assistant Professor
Ms. Blair’s nursing career has included positions in nationally recognized pediatric hospitals, emergency departments and as a family nurse practitioner. She has devoted her time and talents to nursing education for the past 17 years. Ms. Blair’s specialty areas are pediatric nursing and adult health nursing with a public health emphasis. She is interested in international health care and service-learning. She has participated in health missions to Guatemala and will accompany a student learning trip to Bolivia.

Barbara Bostelmann
Assistant Professor
Ms. Bostelmann began her teaching career in nursing education after spending more than 20 years as a clinical nurse in a variety of areas, including hospital and community settings. The most challenging experiences in her nursing career have been as a critical care nurse in the intensive and coronary care units. Ms. Bostelmann’s professional interests are in the educational process as it applies to the student nurse. Ms. Bostelmann has been an invited member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing test writing panels, and is a member in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau and the Illinois Nursing Association.

Laura Brennan
Assistant Professor
Ms. Brennan’s career includes experience in nursing management and education. Her specialty area is adult health nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.  Ms. Brennan has extensive experience assisting students prepare for the national licensure examination and also serves as a faculty member for a national NCLEX preparation firm.

Mary Teresa (Terry) Johnson
Associate Professor
Ms. Johnson has worked as a certified family nurse practitioner for 30 years in a variety of community settings that all share a common focus: providing preventive and primary health care to people who face socioeconomic, linguistic or cultural barriers that limit their access to health care. Ms. Johnson’s interests center on public and community health, particularly in response to the needs of families and immigrant and refugee populations.  She maintains memberships in the American Nurses Association, the Illinois Society of Advance Practice Nurses and the American Public Health Association.

Sarah Katula
Assistant Professor
Dr. Katula received her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatry for the past 20 years. Her work has focused in the specialty areas of children and adolescents, eating disorders and adult mental health. Dr. Katula is passionate about women’s issues and has worked extensively with issues surrounding intimate partner violence and the empowerment of women and girls. Dr. Katula most recently was awarded an IBHE Nurse Educator Fellowship Award. She holds memberships with Sigma Theta Tau, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Phi Beta Delta and the International Leadership Institute.

Janice Muzynski
Assistant Professor
Ms. Muzynski has served in a variety of roles during her nursing career, including clinical, education and administrative positions. She brings her unique blend of work experiences to the classroom to enrich the discussions and develop a balanced perspective about pertinent health care issues. Her special interests are health care quality improvement initiatives and preparing students to assume leadership roles in the fast-paced, rapidly changing health care environment. Ms. Muzynski is a member of the National Nursing Staff Development Organization and Sigma Theta Tau International.

Mary Oesterle
Director, Master of Science in Nursing
Professor

Dr. Oesterle has an extensive background in nursing education, with a strong emphasis on graduate education. She has practice experience in primary care with families and most recently has focused on quality and safety in health care delivery. Her current research interest is education for clinical leadership in nursing and is certified as a Clinical Nurse Leader. Dr. Oesterle is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the Clinical Nurse Leader Association.

Mary Pabst, Ph.D., R.N.
Director RN-BS Partnerships
Associate Professor

Dr. Pabst has worked in numerous clinical settings as a staff nurse, manager and clinical specialist in maternal-child nursing. Her research focuses on empowerment of registered nurses who return to school to advance their education. She also is interested in women’s health and public policy issues. Dr. Pabst has experience in both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, and has a special interest in distance education technologies. In 2009, Dr. Pabst was recognized as a Nurse Educator Fellow by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, and is an active participant in continuing education committees of the Illinois Nurses Association.

Penny Reiss
Associate Professor
Dr. Reiss’ specialty areas are adult health and complex medical-surgical nursing. She maintains membership in the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Dr. Reiss received her Ph.D. from Loyola University in May of 2005 and studied quality of nursing care using a patient perspective. Her areas of interest are outcome measurement, quality of care, geriatric complex care and high fidelity simulation in nursing education.

Kathleen H. Scanlon, M.S.N., M.A., R.N., C.N.E.
Associate Professor
Ms. Scanlon’s area of specialization is adult health nursing. In addition to her master’s degree in medical-surgical nursing, she possesses a master’s degree in media communication. She is credentialed by the NLN as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). She is a member of Sigma Theta Ta International Honor Society of Nursing, as well as the Illinois Nurses Association. Her current areas of interest include adult health nursing, health assessment, pharmacology, safety, evidence-based practice, and the use of simulation in nursing education.

Laury Westbury, M.S.N., R.N., C.H.S.E., C.N.O.R.
Director, Simulation/Immersive Learning Center
Ms. Westbury has an extensive background in perioperative/surgical nursing and clinical education. Her master’s degree led her to a shift from hospital-based education to a nursing education path within academia. She has her certification in healthcare simulation education (CHSE) and operating room nursing (CNOR). Her areas of interested are within high- fidelity simulation education at undergraduate and graduate levels, along with introducing perioperative nursing curriculums to the undergraduate population in nursing. She belongs to several societies associated with these interests.

Mary E. Weyer
Professor
Dr. Weyer has an extensive background in nursing including roles as a clinical specialist, family counselor and undergraduate and graduate faculty. She is a certified clinical specialist in psychiatric-mental health nursing with teaching and practice experience in community health and mental health. Dr. Weyer also holds certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNE). Health promotion and educational strategies that foster critical thinking are among her areas of interest. A recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Dr. Weyer is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing, and Clinical Nurse Leader Association.

C. Dawn Zibricky
Assistant Professor
Dr. Zibricky received both baccalaureate and master’s degrees from Saint Xavier University in Chicago and a doctoral degree from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. She has an extensive nursing career that includes working with the disabled, individuals living in rural, urban and suburban poverty, and the elderly. She has taught pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing students for over 12 years in the areas of adult health and community/public health nursing. As a nurse educator, Dr. Zibricky is dedicated to guiding students in developing awareness in health care disparities so they can serve as leaders in the shaping of domestic and global health care for all. In recent years her teaching at Elmhurst College includes an interdisciplinary honors class on poverty and teaching students with disabilities in the Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy (ELSA). Dr. Zibricky’s research interests include feminine studies and disability studies. She has presented nationally on the oppression and marginalization of the disabled, domestic poverty, and health care disparities. She is a member of numerous professional memberships including Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, National Association of School Nurses and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International of Women Educators.

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