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Nursing Faculty

Sandy Bills

Sandra K. Bills
Adjunct Instructor in Nursing
B.S.N., Allen College
M.S.N. candidate, Allen College

Sandra Bills teaches courses in Mental Health Nursing. Her clinical expertise is in behavioral health. She is employed full-time as the supervisor of the adult inpatient behavioral health unit at St. Luke's Hospital. She is currently finishing her Master's of Science in Nursing in Leadership of Healthcare Delivery and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Allen College. Her Master's research focuses on ways to improve patient discharges and decrease unnecessary readmissions. She received her board certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in 2015 and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in 2012. She taught mental health clinical for Kirkwood in 2014 and 2015 and the Mental Health Nursing Course at Coe in 2016. She is passionate about mental health issues and improving the quality of care for this underserved population. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Jenna Boley
Jenna Boley
Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Coe College
M.S.N., Allen College

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

Heide Bursch teaches Art and Science of Nursing, Advanced Concepts in Nursing, Maintaining Wellness in Aging and Chronicity and the final clinical discussion section for Senior nursing students. Her clinical expertise comes from years of medical, surgical, and critical care nursing at UIHC where she also served as a preceptor and new staff mentor. Her Master's portfolio consisted of an evidence-based project to improve communication about end-of-life care in the intensive care unit. As a Hartford Scholar, her doctorate work was sponsored by Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity through the John A. Hartford Foundation. Her research focuses on nursing ethics, and the care of older adults with advanced chronic illness. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. She taught at the University of Iowa and loved being a parish nurse before joining the faculty at Coe College. She has participated in international mission projects in Mexico and Tanzania. As a life-long learner, she quotes Louisa May Alcott to her students: "I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship."

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.

Tiffany Everson

Tiffany Everson
Part-time Instructor in Nursing
B.S.N., Coe College
M.S.N., University of Iowa

Tiffany Everson is a part-time clinical instructor for Advanced Concepts in Nursing for senior students. Her clinical expertise is in emergency and trauma nursing and staff education. She also has experience in parochial school nursing and as a house supervisor. Her graduate work and career have been built upon her passion for education and includes a masters project on the integration of technology and simulation training in the clinical setting. She has continuously served in a teaching capacity throughout her nursing career as a lead nurse in her department, mentor to new staff, traditional clinical teaching and individual preceptorships, instructor of pediatric advanced (PALS), advanced (ACLS), and basic life support (BLS), health promotion teaching for K-5 students, and has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau. In the community, she volunteers for All Saints Catholic Church and Association of Parents and Teachers. Tiffany has been with the Nursing Department from 2012-2014 as an adjunct instructor and now as needed.


Sara Balik Scott
Adjunct Assistant Professor
R.N.
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 Taylor

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, Chair
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.

Michelle Umbarger-Mackey

Michelle Umbarger-Mackey
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., University of Iowa
M.S.N., University of Iowa
Ph.D., University of Iowa

Michelle Umbarger-Mackey teaches Pathophysiology and Assessment, Nursing Research, Mental Health Nursing, Introductory Concepts psychomotor skills lab, and a final clinical discussion section for senior nursing students. Her clinical expertise includes behavioral health, medical/surgical, mother-baby care, newborn nursery, and occupational health. Her Master's degree is in Occupational Health Nursing with a certificate in Agricultural Safety and Health. Her Master's research focused on older farmers and arthritis. The John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity program supported her doctoral work. As a Hartford Scholar, her doctoral research focused on older farmers, medication use, and non-fatal agricultural injury. She has taught in both undergraduate and the graduate nursing programs. She is passionate about nursing education, behavioral health, elder care, social justice, global health, occupational health, environmental health, and agricultural safety and health. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, and is the treasurer for her local chapter, Kappa Xi. She is an active board member of the Linn County National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She is currently working towards becoming a Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.