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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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Penny Bacon

  • Associate Professor of Nursing

  • D.N.P., Western University
  • M.S.N., Samuel Merritt University
  • B.S.N., Oregon Institute of Technology

Penny Bacon’s teaching interests are in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention specific to the care of women and infants. Additionally, she provides information that expands the student’s knowledge related to current health patterns and skill acquisition needed to collect subjective data and perform physical assessment on the adult population. Courses taught in the B.S.N. program...

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Donell Campbell

  • Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Associate Director of Nursing

  • M.S., Organizational Leadership and Education, Warner Pacific, Portland, OR
  • B.A., Management, George Fox University, Newberg, OR
  • A.D.N., Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR
  • Special Bible Certificate, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL

Donell Campbell uses her love of learning to teach and mentor B.S.N. students from their very first nursing course to their final transition to independent practice as new graduates. Her courses include: Nursing First Year Seminar, Introduction to Professional Practice, Management and Leadership in Nursing, and Community / Public Health Nursing.  She infuses her classes with discussions...

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Maria Dixon

  • Associate Professor of Nursing

  • M.S.N., Vascular Clinical Nurse Specialist, Rush University, Chicago, IL
  • B.S.N., Rush University, Chicago, IL
  • A.D.N., Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Maria Dixon’s teaching interests are in the areas of critical care and cardiovascular disorders. She teaches in the B.S.N. program in the Department of Nursing. Her courses include Fundamentals: Nursing of the Patient/Family Theory, and Critical Care Nursing Theory, and Clinical. Dixon uses case studies, discussion seminars, patient simulations, guest panels, interactive online games, creative...

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Sarah Flores

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • 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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Shannon Gramatky

  • Associate Director of Advising and Admissions

  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.S.N., Biola University

Shannon has been teaching at Biola University in the Department of Nursing since 2010. Her clinical experience is in the specialties of pediatric and community nursing. After graduating from Biola University with her B.S., she worked at the University of California, Irvine on the pediatric unit for several years. She then went on to be a full time camp nurse at Hume Lake Christian Camps. There...

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Tammy Henderson

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

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

Tammy Henderson’s clinical interests include evidence-based research, infection prevention, the value of suffering and spiritual care at the bedside. Her current research interests include burn support and code white preparedness. Her teaching focuses on medical surgical, pediatric, critical care nursing and preceptor/leadership. She teaches in the B.S.N. program. Her classes this year include...

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Akiko Kobayashi

  • Associate 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

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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

  • 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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Colleen Sanchez

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • M.S.N., University of Phoenix
  • B.S.N., Biola University

Colleen Sanchez teaches Nursing of the Patient and Family III in the B.S.N. program. She takes students to hospitals during each semester for practical experience in advanced medical-surgical nursing and is also the coordinator for the simulation laboratory where nursing students can practice skills they have learned on high fidelity manikins. She uses case studies, patient simulation, and the...

Research Interests

  • Education
  • Healing
  • Health
  • Health Technology
  • Nursing
  • Teaching

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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

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 to...

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