These are exciting times to be a nurse. In the changing landscape of healthcare reform, nurses will play a critical role in leading and shaping positive change through a focus on overall health and wellness.


That’s part of the reason why I’m excited to serve as dean of the School of Health Sciences at SPU. After years in practice and healthcare leadership, I find it a great privilege to be a part of this special community. Our outstanding faculty members are wholly committed to excellence in education, clinical practice, and scholarship.

You’ll discover something unique here, as well, in nursing programs set apart by the integration of a strong foundation in Christian faith and values. Since 1936, thousands of our nursing graduates have carried these values to their practices throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the world. What’s more, a robust academic atmosphere and relationship-centered learning and practice help our students become exceptional practitioners who provide compassionate, evidence-based clinical care. SPU graduates naturally emerge as leaders in our profession.


What’s your next step? If you have a passion for learning and a desire to integrate faith, practice, and scholarship to make a difference in the lives of others, we invite you to explore the School of Health Sciences and the Lydia Green Nursing Programs at SPU.

Lorie Wild, PhD, RN, NEA-BC


News and Events

National Certified Nurses Day

As a practice discipline, Nursing recognizes the Scholarship of Practice as a critical component in the advancement of clinical knowledge in the discipline. Practice scholarship encompasses all aspects of the delivery of nursing service in solving health care problems for individuals and communities.


One mark of the scholarship of practice is national board certification in a clinical specialty. Board Certification plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and advances the nursing profession.


March 19 is National Certified Nurses Day. The School of Health Sciences/Nursing recognizes the following board certified faculty:


Regular Faculty Specialty Certification:
Vicki Aaberg, PhD, RNC Obstetrical Nursing
Sarah Bear, MSN, RN, CNE Nurse Educator
Christine Hoyle, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner
Heidi Monroe, MSN, RN, CPN Pediatric Nursing
April Morgenroth, PhD(c), RN, CCRN Critical Care

Sandra Mortinson, MSN, RN, Certified Nurse Operating Room
Valorie Orton, MSN, RN, CNL Clinical Nurse Leader
Linda Pedersen, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner
Bethany Rolfe Witham, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner
Lorie Wild, PhD, RN, NEA-BC Nurse Executive-Advanced


Adjunct Faculty Specialty Certification:
Erika Busz, MSN, RN, CPN Pediatric Nursing
Barbara Cheyney, MSN, RN-BC School Nursing
Dianne Discolo, MSN, RN, CNE Nurse Educator
Sandra Fisher, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Kristen Jones, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner
Elina Lazo, MSN, RN, NE-BC Nurse Executive
Darrell Owens, DNP, ARNP, A/GNP-BC Adult and Gerontology Nurse Practitioner & Hospice/Palliative Medicine
Melanie Plaza-Bunselmeyer, MSN, RN-BC Psych/Mental Health Nursing
Stephanie Shoemaker, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner
Lisa Sieberson, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner
Mihkai Wickline, MSN, RN, ONC Oncology


The Challenge to Give

Donate to one of SHS's priority funds to help us meet our matching gift of $25,000.


#115711 Dean’s Giving Circle

#115744 Emergency Fund

#115728 Skills Lab


Donations can be made securely online or by calling 206-281-2063. Be sure todesignate one of the priority funds listed above to make the most of our matching gift.


Give today to help us reach our goal of $25,000!


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