Department of Nursing

lmcbLeesa McBroom, PhD, APRN, FNP-C
Chair/Associate Professor of Nursing
Professor McBroom earned her BSN from Dominican University of San Rafael California and her MSN focused on Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. In 2013 she completed a PhD from the University of Missouri.
BehneyAnnette K. Behney, MSN, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Fundamentals, MedCalc
BSN, 1994, Creighton University
MSN, 2009, University of Missouri-Columbia
n-kbKristen Blochlinger, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing & Nursing Arts Laboratory Coordinator
Professor Blochlinger earned a BSN from Pittsburg State University and a MSN from Walden University
Lindsey L. Carlson, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing and NCLEX Success Coordinator
Professor Carlson earned a BSN from William Jewell College and her MSN with a focus on Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Kansas.
Ruth Bax Edwards, EdD, RN
Professor of Nursing
Dr. Edwards earned her BSN from the University of Missouri – Columbia and earned her MSN from the University of Texas – Austin. She earned an Ed.D. from the University of Kansas, and completed post-doctoral work at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Jan Huster, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Professor Huster earned a BSN from the University of Missouri at Columbia.  She received an MSN with focus as a CNS in Adult/Gerontology, from the University of Kansas along with a Health Professions Educator Certificate with a focus in simulation.
lightSarah E. Light, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Nutrition, Adult Health, Capstone (Role Transition)
BSN, 2006, William Jewell College
MSN, 2011, University of Missouri-Kansas City
mcdonaldAimee McDonald, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Population Health, Healthcare Research
BSN, 2002, Rockhurst University and Research College of Nursing
MSN, 2007, Research College of Nursing
PhD, 2016, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Patricia Richter, BSN, MSN
Visiting Instructor of Nursing
Professor Richter earned a B.S.N. from Saint Luke’s College of Health Services and an M.S.N. from the University of Central Missouri.
nspencNichole Spencer, MSN, APRN, ANP-C
Associate Professor of Nursing
Professor Spencer earned a BSN from William Jewell College and a MSN with a focus on Adult Health from the University of Kansas. She is a certified advance practice registered nurse in Missouri/Kansas.
n-mtMelissa Timmons, MSN, RNBC
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Professor Timmons earned her BSN from Research College of Nursing/Rockhurst University and her MSN within the executive nurse practitioner tract. She is board certified as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Registered Nurse through ANCC.