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Faculty | B.S. in Nursing

Electra Allen

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • M.S.N., Nursing Eduction, Duke University
  • B.S., Nursing, Hampton University

Electra Allen’s teaching interests are in the areas of pediatric nursing, mental health nursing and nursing pharmacology. She teaches courses in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program including Pediatric Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, and Essentials of Clinical Nursing Pharmacology. She uses discussion, group work, simulation, case studies and reflection in her pedagogy. Integration of...

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Sarah Flores

  • Associate Dean of Health
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • D.N.P., California Baptist University
  • M.S., San Diego State University
  • B.S.N., Biola University

Sarah Flores’s areas of interest center on preparing B.S.N. students for the transition to professional nursing and the navigation of the healthcare environment. Her courses include Leadership and Management in Nursing, Applied Nursing Research, and Nursing in the Community. Flores enjoys facilitating thought-provoking discussion around the intersection of the Christian faith and topics such as...

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Akiko Kobayashi

  • Professor of Nursing

  • Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
  • M.S.N., School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
  • B.S.N., San Francisco State University
  • Holy Spirit Hospital Nursing School, Nagoya, Japan

Dr. Kobayashi’s interests in teaching include pathophysiology of diseases related to oncology and immunology, surgical nursing, nutrition, and nursing research in the B.S.N. program. Her courses include Nursing Care of Patient and Family II, Introduction to Nursing Research and Applied Nursing Research. She teaches in both the traditional classroom setting and the online teaching environment....

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Ruby Loyola

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • M.S.N., Cal State Dominguez Hills
  • B.S.N., Biola University

Ruby Loyola graduated with her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Biola University in 2005. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2014 with an emphasis in gerontology as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Loyola received her Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist — Adult-Gerontology — certification from the American Association of Critical...

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Rachel Van Niekerk

  • Director of Nursing

  • Ph.D., University of San Diego, California
  • M.S.N., University of Rochester, New York
  • B.S.N., University of Rochester, New York
  • Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Rachel Van Niekerk is a pediatric nurse practitioner and brings her love of children and teaching into the classroom. She has taught in most areas of the B.S.N. Program. She enjoys the mentoring aspects of clinical and helping students see the importance of caring for the patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs but also recognizing the importance of the family especially in the...

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Deborah O'Dell

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Adjunct, School of Education

  • M.S.N., Grand Canyon University
  • B.S.N., Biola University

Deborah O’Dell’s area of interest is in mental health and illness and its impact on every patient a nurse will care for. She teaches the following courses in the B.S.N. program: Nursing of the Mental Health Patient and Family and Nursing Assessment of the Patient. She also enjoys taking nursing students to a facility to care for a primarily homeless population and has integrated faith and...

Research Interests

  • Aging
  • Death
  • Health
  • Leadership
  • Missions
  • Nursing

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Jason Smith

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • Ph.D(c). Nursing, University of San Diego
  • M.A. Theology, Biola University
  • B.S.N. Nursing, California State University Long Beach

Jason W. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2008 from California State University Long Beach, a master’s degree in theology with a minor in New Testament from Talbot School of Theology in 2015, and he is currently in the last year of his Ph.D. in nursing from the University of San Diego. He worked in the acute care setting for 17 years. His clinical focus is in the cardiac world,...


  1. Medical-Surgical Nursing

  2. Critical Care Nursing

  3. Transition to Practice Clinical

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Glenn Styffe

  • Associate Professor of Nursing

  • D.N.P., Grand Canyon University
  • M.N., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.S.N., Biola University

Dr. Glenn Styffe’s teaching interests are in the areas of nursing fundamentals, adult medical/surgical nursing, HIV/AIDS, and non-communicable diseases. He teaches courses in the B.S.N. program including both theory content and the clinical setting. His courses include Nursing of the Patient and Family I, and Nursing Application Lab. He uses video, case studies, simulation, and group discussion...

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