Kathleen Hunter, PhD, RN-BC, CNE
Director, MSN Degree Program
Dr. Hunter has been a nursing and healthcare education expert for more than 40 years. After conducting clinical practice in critical care units for 12 years, she began practicing nursing informatics, working with end-users and with information systems design, development, testing, implementation and evaluation. Dr. Hunter’s experience and education led to several prestigious opportunities, including a senior informatics policy position where she directed funded research, managed the recognition of nursing informatics as a distinct specialty, led the establishment of the Patient Care Work Group with Health Level Seven and co-chaired the first Education Work Group of the Computer-Based Patient Record Institute. As a registered nurse, Dr. Hunter is passionate about educating and informing healthcare consumers and enabling them to make full use of healthcare informatics applications. She holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Maryland.
Toni Hebda, PhD, RN, BSN, MNEd, MSIS
Professor, MSN Degree Program
Dr. Hebda joins Chamberlain College of Nursing with more than 30 years of experience in the fields of nursing and nursing education. She has published more than 15 articles in prestigious nursing journals and handbooks on topics such as informatics competencies, the TIGER Initiative, nursing and information systems and computer-assisted nursing instruction. Dr. Hebda is primarily interested in informatics as a way to support the work of nurses and as a means to improve healthcare delivery. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Duquesne University School of Nursing, a master’s degree in nursing education from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, a doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education and a master’s degree in information systems from the University of Pittsburgh School of Library and Information Science.
Robin M. Kirschner, EdD, RN, CPAN, CRN, CRA
Associate Professor, MSN Degree Program
Robin M. Kirschner is an associate professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. In addition to teaching, she helped develop the curricula for the MSN Healthcare Policy specialty track.
Dr. Kirschner has more than 30 years of experience in the nursing field and served as a registered nurse at Banner Health – Banner Desert and Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Arizona, where her contributions included regulatory compliance, employee education and competency, cost management, acquisitions and day-to-day operations. Prior to her role at Banner Health, she was an associate professor of nursing at Grand Canyon University and an associate professor in the college of nursing at Maricopa Community Colleges. Her clinical experience also includes three years working as a clinical nurse specialist at St. Francis Hospital in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.
Dr. Kirschner is a member of numerous professional organizations including the National League for Nursing, American Healthcare Radiology Administrators and Arizona State Board of Nursing Scope of Practice Committee. In 2010, Dr. Kirschner was honored with Nurse of the Year Award for management by NurseWeek and as Radiology Nurse of the Year by the Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing. She has contributed to the healthcare community through poster presentations, articles and speaking engagements for a variety of industry organizations.
Dr. Kirschner earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Oregon and completed her master’s in nursing at New York University. She holds a Doctor of Education degree in administration and leadership from Argosy University and a certificate of doctoral work completion in administrative leadership from Vanderbilt University.
Dee McGonigle, PhD, RN, FAAN, CNE, ANEF
Dr. Dee McGonigle is a professor in the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is leading the Chamberlain Second Life interdisciplinary initiative for enhanced virtual learning. She brings more than 35 years of experience in nursing and nursing informatics to the position.
Dr. McGonigle began her nursing career as an intensive care unit staff nurse in an urban teaching hospital and pursued teaching positions while advancing her education. After being introduced to the field of informatics while working towards her master’s degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she co-founded the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), a professional, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal. Dr. McGonigle also co-founded the Special Interest Group for Health Technology and Education and developed the Foundation of Knowledge Model and the ETHICAL Model used to handle ethical challenges in the information age.
Dr. McGonigle has co-authored two text books and written more than 100 articles. She is a member of the Informatics and Technology Expert Panel for the American Academy of Nursing, the editor-in-chief of OJNI and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and National League for Nursing.
Dr. McGonigle is a Certified Distance Education Instructor and a Certified Nurse Educator. She holds a doctoral degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in family in the community and nursing education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University, where she is a professor emerita.
Diana Meeks-Sjostrom, PhD, MSN, RN, CS, FNP-BC, CNE
Associate Professor, MSN Degree Program
Dr. Diana Meeks-Sjostrom serves as an associate professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. In addition to providing instruction, her responsibilities include program development and research initiatives. She was previously dean of graduate programs, responsible for curriculum and course development, faculty operations and student services. Dr. Meeks-Sjostrom has more than 28 years of experience in nursing instruction, management and geriatric and medical surgical/orthopedic nursing.
In addition to volunteering her time to various professional boards and organizations, Dr. Meeks-Sjostrom is an accomplished speaker, author, editor and reviewer of grants, professional articles and textbooks. She currently serves as a board member for the National Committee of Prevention of Elder Abuse and is an education committee member with the Georgia Nurses’ Association. Dr. Meeks-Sjostrom is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International.
Dr. Meeks-Sjostrom holds a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing degree from Georgia State University; a MSN degree from Kennesaw State University, where she completed the family nurse practitioner program; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Queen’s University; and a diploma in nursing from Saint Lawrence College in Ontario.
Roberta Raymond, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, MSN Degree Program
Dr. Roberta Raymond is an assistant professor for the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Her extensive background of professional experience in nursing spans positions as instructor, education administrator and clinical nurse, as well as healthcare system management roles.
Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Raymond was an adjunct nursing faculty member at Belmont Technical College in St. Clairsville, Ohio. She also recently served in several administrative positions at The Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland. As grant coordinator, Dr. Raymond coordinated and implemented four state and federal funded grants. As nursing program administrator for the college, she implemented and evaluated three campus’ nurses programs, including faculty evaluation, appointment and review; preparing and administering the budget; formulating and implementing policies; and seeking and preparing grant opportunities.
Dr. Raymond is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Ohio League for Nursing and the National League for Nursing. Additionally, Dr. Raymond has contributed to multiple publications and presented on a variety of healthcare and nursing topics.
Dr. Raymond earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore; a Master of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Arts degree in education from West Virginia University; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Liberty University.
Rebecca J. Sisk, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE
Dr. Rebecca J. Sisk is an associate professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program and Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Sisk was a professor and director of assessment, outcomes, grants and research at Methodist College of Nursing. She concurrently served as an adjunct online instructor for MSN courses at South University and the University of Phoenix.
A member of Sigma Theta Tau International, American Nurses Association and National League for Nursing, Dr. Sisk’s industry contributions include published articles in professional nursing journals such as The Journal of Nursing Education and Nurse Educator and more than thirty professional presentations. She has also led valuable nursing research initiatives including “Factors Related to Medical Readiness in U.S. Military Reservists,” which was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Dr. Sisk is a certified nurse educator through the National League for Nursing and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing.
Valda V. Upenieks, PhD, MPH, RN
Dr. Valda Upenieks is an assistant professor for the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She has more than 25 years of experience in nursing practice, education and administration.
Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Upenieks served as an assistant professor for the Nursing Administration Graduate Program at University of California, Los Angeles. Her teaching expertise consisted of nursing leadership and administration. Her research on the Magnet model, staffing ratios and workflow efficiency has been published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, Nursing Economic$ and Journal of Nursing Administration, among other industry publications. Dr. Upenieks also served as a co-investigator for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program “Transforming Care at the Bedside Initiative.”
Dr. Upenieks received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing science from the University of Washington, a Master of Public Health degree in health service administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Seattle University.
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