Coe nursing students

Faculty


Sandy Bills

Sandra K. Bills

Adjunct Instructor in Nursing

B.S.N., Allen College
M.S.N. candidate, Allen College

Email: sbills@coe.edu


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 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.


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 lif-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.


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 master’s 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 and instructor of pediatric advanced (PALS), advanced (ACLS), and basic life support (BLS) — also traditional clinical teaching and individual preceptorships, as well as health promotion teaching for K-5 students. She 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

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, PICU/NICU float nurse and 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.


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.


Mary L. 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

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.