Kathaleen Briggs Early, PhD, RDN, CDE joined the Heritage University Nursing program as adjunct faculty in 2016. Dr. Early worked as a clinical dietitian and diabetes educator in central Washington and north Idaho for a decade prior to coming to PNWU in 2007 as one of the founding faculty members, where she is now an Associate Professor. Her research efforts focus on understanding how quality of life and personal factors have on one’s ability to make lifestyle-related behavior change. She is particularly interested in lifestyle-related health disparities among low-income, rural, and Hispanic/Latino communities.
Valerie Hennessy, MSN, FNP-BC, RN joined Heritage University as an adjunct professor in 2013. Ms. Hennessy is an expert clinical teacher of Maternal and Child Nursing, and practices in a primary care setting as a family nurse practitioner. Her research is focused on the role of nursing breastfeeding promotion.
Teresa Julian, PhD, FNP-BC, RN joins the faculty of the Department of Nursing as an Associate Professor in July 2014. Dr. Julian’s clinical expertise is in Care of the Family, and Adult Health and Illness. She comes to Heritage with more than 30 years of teaching in nursing Dr. Julian’s scholarship has focused on family violence, and on fatherhood in families.
Daniel Mick, PhD, RN, joined Heritage University as an Assistant Professor in 2017. Dr. Mick’s nursing specialty is gerontology and end of life. His research centers on body composition (sarcopenic obesity) and its association with physical function in older adults. Dr. Mick is also an experienced educator, program and curriculum developer, and volunteer leader.
Christina Nyirati, PhD, FNP-BC, RN is the Chair of the Department of Nursing and Director of Nursing Programs. Dr. Nyirati joined Heritage in 2013 from Ohio University. She has more than 30 years of experience in nursing education, including Maternal-Child, Community Health, and Primary Care of Families. Dr. Nyirati’s clinical expertise in the care of vulnerable young rural families informs her scholarship on decreasing infant and maternal mortality in communities with health inequities.
Linda Rossow, MS, RN, BC joined the faculty of the Department of Nursing as an Assistant Professor January 2017. Professor Rossow’s clinical expertise is in the care of individuals with mental health issues and addictions. She comes to Heritage University with 23 years experience as a staff RN working on an acute inpatient Behavioral Health unit. Her teaching experience includes 15 years teaching second through ninth grade and 8 years at MSU, Mankato teaching pre-nursing and psychosocial integrity classroom/clinical.
Joel Thome, PharmD, BCACP, began teaching pharmacology in collaboration with the Nursing faculty in 2014. In 2015, he joined the Heritage University faculty leading pharmacology education for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Physician Assistant Programs. Dr. Thome is an experienced clinical, community pharmacist and clinical pharmacy educator. He also teaches medical students pharmacology and actively promotes interprofessional clinical teamwork of pharmacists and nurses with other health care professions to improve patient care.
Anita Shoup, DNP, RN, CNS-CP, CNOR joined the faculty of the Department of Nursing as an Assistant Professor in July 2015 where she is currently the Coordinator of Simulation and Experiential Learning. Dr. Shoup brings more than 30 years of nursing experience including practicing as a clinical nurse specialist in both academic and community hospitals, as a clinical faculty member, and as an academic department chair. Dr. Shoup’s scholarship has focused on the importance of academic advancement for clinically based nurses. She has been recognized nationally for her mentorship in nursing activities.
Norma Krumwiede, EdD., MEd., MN, RN, is Professor of Nursing at the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society at Minnesota State University. Dr. Krumwiede has been providing curriculum consultation to Heritage University Nursing since 2013. Dr. Krumwiede’s extensive nursing practice experience, research scholarship, and expertise in nursing education brings a wealth of support to the Heritage University nursing program. Her knowledge of family nursing in rural areas, is well-matched to the vision of our nursing program to meet the unique health care needs of families living in rural environments. Through her leadership in the International Family Nursing Association, Dr. Krumwiede has collaborated in setting the standard for family nursing.
Colleen Royle, EdD., MN, RN, joins Heritage University from Minnesota State University in Mankato as a Visiting Professor in Summer 2014. Her expertise is in the use of high complexity, family-inclusive simulation in nursing education. Dr. Royle teaches in the Heritage University Helen Jewett Advanced Nursing Skills Lab.