Coe nursing students

Faculty


Heidi Bursch

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

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 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.


Kelly Siems

Kelly Siems

Assistant Professor

B.S.N., Mt. Mercy College

M.S.N., Regis University

M.S.N., Kaplan University

D.N.P.(c), Clarke University


Kelly Siems teaches courses in the areas of Medical-Surgical, she teaches the first clinical course in the nursing program. Kelly’s clinical expertise extends from medical-surgical, dialysis, community health and home health nursing. She enjoyed serving as a preceptor on her unit at Mercy Medical Center as well as participating in the preceptorship program for students from Kirkwood, Mt. Mercy and Coe College. She is finishing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Clarke University. Her research interests are medication adherence in the community setting as well as nursing curriculum and new graduate nurse mentoring. She has taught pharmacology, pathophysiology, medical-surgical nursing as well as community health. Kelly received certification as a nurse educator by the National League of Nursing in 2011, she is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, American Association of Colleges of Nursing and American Nurses Association. Her graduate portfolio focused as nursing students beginning as novices and emerging into experts. Kelly enjoys serving as a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America and as a troop leader for the Girl Scouts, she serves on the board of her Community Recreation Department.


Brenda McAllister

Assitant Professor

EdD, College of Saint Mary
MSN, Regis University
BSN, Southeast Missouri State University
BA, Oakland City University
ASN, University of Evansville

 


Brenda McAllister teaches lab courses and the first clinical course in the nursing program. Brenda finished her doctorate in education in 2015.  The subject of her master’s degree and doctoral education circled around student preferred learning styles and predicted NCLEX success. Brenda’s clinical experience includes, medical-surgical nursing, critical care nursing, emergency room nursing, home health nursing, and a variety of nursing management roles. Brenda spent the last 3 years managing the home health department at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.  In addition, Brenda has 15 years’ experience consulting with nursing programs in several different states, writing curriculum and has been a nursing educator.  She has taught medical surgical nursing, pharmacology, nursing ethics and introduction to nursing as well as various labs. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the ANA and in the past has served as an Iowa delegate from the INA to the national ANA convention in Washington DC where she enjoyed lobbying on Capitol Hill.  Brenda enjoys working with students and assisting them with becoming successful in academics. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys spending time camping, fishing, painting in the Bob Ross style and visiting her grandchildren.


Mary Tobin

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 nonfatal agricultural injury. She has taught in both undergraduate and 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 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 toward becoming a family mental health nurse practitioner.