American Sentinel University Appoints Nursing Educators to Online Nursing Programs

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American Sentinel University announced the addition of four nursing educators to its online nursing programs. For more information about American Sentinel University’s nursing programs, go to http://www.americansentinel.edu/health-care.

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The addition of these talented nursing and experienced educators bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the American Sentinel nursing programs.

American Sentinel University, a leading online university accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, today announced the addition of four nursing educators to its online nursing programs.

Darla Dolph, M.S., has joined the university as manager of nursing practicums. In her role, she will work with American Sentinel’s students and practicum affiliates to improve and expand practicum opportunities.

Most recently, Dolph worked as a certified career coach helping students and business professionals discover their path to a successful and meaningful career.

She has been a member of associations and groups vital to the education industry, including serving as the chair and member of MGD Advisory Committee, Arapahoe Community College and a member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), Colorado Career Development Association (CCDA) and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

Dolph earned her Master of Science in Higher Education with an emphasis in Administration and Leadership and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kaplan University.

Elaine Foster, Ph.D., MSN, RN will serve as the university’s associate dean of undergraduate nursing programs and will be responsible for helping to plan, organize, supervise and ensure the success of the undergraduate nursing program at American Sentinel University.

She will also work with the dean of nursing to maintain curriculum integrity, promote optimum learning opportunities for students and foster a rich online environment for the students.

Dr. Foster brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to American Sentinel University. Previously, she served as the associate dean for the school of nursing at Kaplan University where she focused on faculty development, curriculum, regulatory agencies and accreditation and served on numerous councils and committees.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Foster served as dean, school of nursing and human services at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Mich.

She has been a member of associations and groups vital to the health care education industry, including the National League of Nursing, Michigan Liberal Arts Deans Organizations (MLAD), National Organization of Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN), Northern Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives (NIONE), Michigan Council of Nursing Education Administrators (MCNEA), Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Performance Improvement Subcommittee for Borgess-Lee Hospital, The Governance Institute and member of Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital board of trustees.

Karen Kapke, Ph.D., RN, FNP, GNP has joined the university as a professor of nursing. In her role as nursing professor, Dr. Kapke will be responsible for developing online nursing courses that meet the quality and standards set forth by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and American Sentinel University. She will also work with the associate dean of nursing graduate programs to maintain curriculum integrity, promote optimum learning opportunities and foster a rich online environment for American Sentinel’s students.

Dr. Kapke has a wealth of experience in teaching students, program development and successfully funded grant projects. She recently served as a program director for a new BSN program that she developed and implemented. Earlier in her career, she developed curricula for six new graduate MSN programs and a Ph.D. program. Her teaching areas include gerontological nursing, family and adult nurse practitioner, community health nursing, research and nursing education.

Dr. Kapke has been a member of associations and groups vital to the health care education industry, including the American Nurses Association, Fox Valley Advanced Practice Health Professionals, Sigma Theta Tau Eta Pi Chapter, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, Wisconsin Association of Single Adoptive Parents, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Gerontological Society of America, National League for Nursing and National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Dr. Kapke earned a doctorate in Human Development and Gerontology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. She has continued her education with a postdoctoral certificate in family nurse practitioner from the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh, Wis. and as a geriatric nurse practitioner from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her master’s degree is in community health nursing from the University of California, San Francisco.

Tona Leiker, Ph.D, APRN-CNS, CNE will serve as the chair, graduate nursing programs with an emphasis on curriculum review and development. She will be responsible for ensuring that online nursing courses meet the quality requirements and standards set forth by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and American Sentinel University.

Dr. Leiker will also work with the associate dean of nursing graduate programs to maintain curriculum integrity, promote optimum learning opportunities and foster a rich online environment for American Sentinel’s students.

She has a wealth of experience teaching students, mentoring peers and program development and most recently served as the nursing program chair for National American University in Wichita, Kan.

Dr. Leiker has been a member of associations and groups vital to the health care education industry, including serving as the treasurer of Sigma Theta International, member and stakeholder of Kansas Action Coalition and was a member of Tabor College Nursing Honor Society Charter, Governance Board Member of Kansas Center for Nursing and a member of American Nurses Association, Kansas State Nursing Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Kansas Organization of Nurse Leaders, Golden Key International and Phi Kappa Phi University of Kansas Chapter.

She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Kansas.

“The addition of these talented nursing and experienced educators bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the American Sentinel nursing programs,” says Judy Burckhardt, Ph.D., MAEd, MSN, RN, dean, nursing at American Sentinel University. “Their combined accomplishments and knowledge embodies our core values and make them the perfect fit for the nursing programs at the university.”

About American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online nursing degree programs in nursing, informatics, MBA Health Care, DNP Executive Leadership and DNP Educational Leadership. Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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