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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.

Diane Salvador
Barbara Bostelmann
Laura Brennan
Elizabeth Davis
Becky Hulett
Mary Teresa (Terry) Johnson
Sarah Katula
Sandra McCormick
Mary Oesterle
Penny Reiss
Kathleen H. Scanlon
Ruth Schumacher
Laury Westbury
Mary E. Weyer
C. Dawn Zibricky

Diane Salvador, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC
Executive Director, Department of Nursing and Health Sciences
Professor

Dr. Salvador has more than 35 years of nursing experience, both in practice as a clinician and administrator, and in education as faculty and in administrative positions. Her service includes various health policy and government liaison positions through the American Nurses Association/Ohio Nurses Association; board of director positions with the Ohio Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau; journal manuscript reviewer; and journal editorial board member. She has extensive research experience focused on health care leadership and finance, and rehabilitative nursing. A member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society and the American Association of Nurse Executives, she is a Fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership for Academic Nursing and is board certified as a Nurse Executive – Advanced. Dr. Salvador has a bachelor of science in nursing from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), a master of science in nursing/administration from the Medical College of Ohio, and a Ph.D. in health education and higher education from the University of Toledo (Ohio).

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.

Elizabeth Davis
Director, Master's Entry in Nursing Practice
Assistant Professor
Dr. Davis received her MSN from Elmhurst College and her DNP from Rush University where her focus was on improving the transition of new graduate nurses into practice through the residency program. She remains current in clinical practice focusing on Women's and Children's health and is a certified Clinical Nurse Leader. Dr. Davis is a member of the ANA (American Nurses Association), AWHONN (Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses) and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Mary Teresa (Terry) Johnson
Associate Professor
Dr. Johnson received her baccalaureate of science in nursing from Marquette University. She earned a master of science in nursing from Rush University and a doctorate of nursing practice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Johnson is a certified family nurse practitioner and practices in a variety of community settings that serve vulnerable populations. Dr. Johnson's academic and clinical interests center on public and community health, particularly in response to the needs of families and immigrant and refugee populations.

Sarah Katula
Associate 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.

Sandra McCormick
Visiting Assistant Professor
Dr. McCormick received her baccalaureate of science in nursing from St. Louis University. She received her Ph.D. in nursing from Loyola University Chicago, where she examined the relationship between self-management and quality of life in adults with type 2 diabetes. Her areas of clinical specialty include the emergency department, trauma nursing, and post anesthesia care unit for both adult and pediatric populations. Her areas of interest include the expanding role of high-fidelity simulation in nursing education and the role of technology in the classroom.  

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.

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
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
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 interest are in 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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