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Nursing Faculty


Heide Bursch
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., University of Iowa 
M.S.N., University of Iowa
Ph.D., University of Iowa

Joan Copper
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Coe College
M.S.N., Clarke College
D.N.P., Allen College

Joan Copper teaches Nursing Research, Introductory Concepts in Nursing, Nursing Issues, and the first clinical course in the hospital setting. Her clinical expertise includes medical, surgical, critical care, and intravenous therapy nursing while in the role of staff nurse, float nurse and avid nurse preceptor. She has also held leadership administrative positions in staff education and professional development. Her Master's research was a qualitative study exploring the male nurse experience in nursing and her doctorate work was comprised of building and measuring the effectiveness of a nurse residency programs for newly graduated nurses. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society. Joan enjoys being a BIG (mentor) for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids, making a positive impact on children and empowering them to succeed.


Anita Nicholson
Associate Professor, Chair 

B.S.N., University of Iowa

M.A., University of Iowa

Ph.D., University of Iowa

Anita Nicholson teaches Pathophysiology, Health Assessment, Medical-Surgical Nursing, and Nursing Research. She is deeply committed to teaching the May Term Southern Africa course. A highlight of the course is working with Parish nurses in remote underprivileged areas. Her research interests involve active-learning teaching strategies for nursing students. She has published and presented at national and international nursing conferences. Her clinical experience is in medical-surgical nursing and critical care. She has been a faculty member in the Nursing Department at Coe since 2000.


Sara Balik Scott
R.N., Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Coe College
B.A., Biology, Coe College
M.S.N., University of Iowa

Sara Scott coordinates the nursing skills labs and is a clinical coordinator. She also teaches Information Literacy and Management, Pharmacological Principles, and Maternal Newborn Nursing. Sara's clinical expertise is in Neonatal Nursing. Sara has held positions as a Staff Nurse, Assistant Nurse Manager, a PICU/NICU Float Nurse and a Research Nurse at the University of Iowa and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Her unit interests have been in Quality Management. Sara holds certification in NIDCAP (Neonatal Individualized Developmental Care Assessment Program). She has been a member of NANN, IANN and Sigma Theta Tau. She is an active member in community organizations including Playtime Poppy and the Parent Teacher Association. She has been teaching in the Nursing Department at Coe since 2010.


Mary L. Taylor
Adjunct Instructor
Nursing & Rhetoric
B.S.N., University of Iowa
M.A., University of Iowa
J.D., University of Iowa

Mary L. Taylor teaches part-time for the nursing department. Her clinical experience included work in medical ICU and post surgical care. Her legal experience included clerking for Iowa's Sixth Judicial District and teaching business and health care law and ethics courses at the University of Iowa and other colleges. She currently teaches a required course on legal and ethical issues in health care, and teaches other courses as needed. In the community, Mary volunteers with Camp Hitaga -- a local summer camp for youth. She has been teaching at Coe since 2004.


Mary Tobin
R.N., Associate Professor
B.S.N., Iowa Wesleyan College
M.A., University of Iowa
Ph.D., University of Iowa

Mary Tobin teaches courses in the areas of Nursing Leadership, Medical Surgical, Pediatrics and Community Health Nursing. She also teaches the first clinical course in the nursing program. Her research interests include: family dynamics, attachment, nursing informatics, and organizational commitment and empowerment in nursing. She enjoys pediatric nursing, camp nursing, serving in social justice groups and teaching about nursing among vulnerable populations. She is an active member in community organizations serving families with internationally adopted children. She has been a faculty member in the Nursing Department at Coe since 2003.