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.
Lori Jones, MSN, RN is an Assistant Professor in Nursing at Heritage University since 2011. Her clinical specialties are Maternal and Child Health, Adult Health and Illness, and Community Health, and she teaches these topics. Ms. Jones obtained her MSN in 2009, and Post-Masters Certificate in Nursing Education 2011. Her research interests focus on nursing care of Native American populations with diabetes.
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.
Michelle May is the Administrative Coordinator for the Department of Nursing. Ms. May supports the Director and Faculty in maintaining student records, managing Nursing Education website, facilitating advising of pre-nursing and nursing students, ordering supplies and equipment, planning semester course lists and book lists, participating on all Nursing Department committees.
Lauren Mente, MSN, FNP-BC, RN is new adjunct faculty member, having just begun her teaching at Heritage in Summer 2014. Ms. Mente started her teaching with Medical-Surgical Nursing, and also is an expert community health nurse. She will be completing her Master of Public Health in 2015. Ms. Mente hopes to use community health models to promote the health of rural communities.
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.
Joel Thome, PharmD, began teaching pharmacology in collaboration with the Nursing faculty in 2014. Dr. Thome is an experienced clinical pharmacist and clinical pharmacy educator. He also teaches medical students pharmacology.
Donna Tuning, MSN, RN is adjunct with Heritage since 2012. Ms. Tuning received her MSN in 2007. Ms. Tuning is expert in quality and safety, and teaches adult Medical/Surgical nursing, as well as Pharmacology.
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. In addition to providing curriculum consultation, Dr. Krumwiede teaches in the Heritage University Helen Jewett Advanced Nursing Skills Lab.
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.
Stacey Van Gelderen, DNP, RN, in 2014 brings her expert and clinical practice and teaching acumen from the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society at Minnesota State University. Dr. VanGelderen’s specialties are Maternal-Child nursing, and nursing of the family. Dr. VanGelderen teaches Maternal-Child theory and prepares students in the Heritage University Helen Jewett Advanced Nursing Skills Lab to provide care to childbearing and childrearing families