MS in Nursing

Faculty

Ann Hershberger
Co-Director and Professor

Ann Graber Hershberger has worked in family health, community health, international health, and nursing education since 1976. Ann and her husband Jim, director of Church World Service Harrisonburg Refugee Resettlement Program, have spent 10 years in church sponsored service in Central America. She earned her PhD from the University of Virginia; completing a dissertation entitled “A case study of relationships between Nicaraguan non-governmental health organizations, communities served, donor agencies, and the Ministry of Health.” She spent the 1999-2000 academic year in Nicaragua researching the project. During the fall semester of 2008 she was on sabbatical and completed a research study on the experiences of families in Guatemala and West Bank, Palestine who have hosted EMU Cross Cultural students over the last decade. She has been a consultant for a Nursing School in Nicaragua, and has been on the board of MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) since 1997, and is currently the chair of MCC U.S. Mother of three adult children, she enjoys speaking Spanish, reading, gardening, and sitting on her porch.

Dawn Lambert
Instructor

Dawn has been teaching Family Health and Community Health courses in the ADCP RN-to-BS program in Lancaster, PA since 2008.
As the School Nurse Certification Program Coordinator, she developed the School Nurse track of the MS in Nursing program and presently teaches three of the four graduate level courses required for Pennsylvania school nurse certification.

Dawn began her nursing education at Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing where she earned a diploma in nursing. She continued her education at Millersville University earning a BSN degree and then attended Immaculata College earning a School Nursing Certification. Dawn received her MSN with a concentration in Community Health and Nursing Education from West Chester University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing Education.

Dawn has worked as a nursing educator in long term care as well as acute care settings and has worked as a certified school nurse at the elementary and secondary levels.

She is married to Matt Lambert and they have four children, two of whom are adopted from Bulgaria. Dawn and her husband have both participated in short-term mission trips with their church, Community Evangelical Free Church, in Elverson. Dawn is involved in the children’s ministry and the mercy and encouragement ministry.

Gloria Rhodes
Instructor

Rhodes is chair of the department of Applied Social Sciences and coordinator for the Peacebuilding and Development undergraduate major. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses including conflict analysis, mediation, group dynamics and facilitation, and introductory and advanced peacebuilding and conflict transformation theory courses.

She has taught and held various administrative positions at Eastern Mennonite University since 1988. She has led undergraduate cross cultural study seminars to Ireland and Northern Ireland, Russia, and South Korea. She also served as Administrative Director of the Summer Peacebuilding Institute.

Rhodes holds a Ph.D. from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Her dissertation research compared conflict transformation and conflict resolution definitions and approaches to practice. Additional research and teaching interests include evaluation and assessment in conflict transformation/resolution practice; group dynamics and facilitation; peace and conflict studies pedagogy, and cross-cultural education.

Priscilla Simmons
Professor

Dr. Simmons is the academic director and major professor for the ADCP RN-to-BS track in Lancaster, PA. She earned her EdD from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, an MSN from Columbia University, an Ms Ed from Temple University and her BS from Messiah College. She is an experienced medical-surgical and critical care nurse. Her research has focused on effectiveness of the nursing school environment and the development of caring ability among nursing students. She is married to Mark Simmons who is the Director of the School of Respiratory Therapy at York College of Pennsylvania. Dr Simmons has two grown children, Clinton who is married to Christina Yoder and Ted who is married to Heather Edelman. Dr. Simmons is involved in the Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church.

Don Tyson
Co-Director

Don Tyson has been teaching in the Nursing Department at the undergraduate and graduate levels at EMU since August 1999. In addition to teaching, he currently serves as the Co-Director of the MSN program. During the summer, as well as on weekends throughout the school year, he works at Sentara – Rockingham Memorial Healthcare in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit on a prn basis. He has previous experience in a variety of clinical and administrative nursing roles related to critical care, post-anesthesia care, and quality improvement. He graduated from Goshen College in 1979 and from the University of Virginia in 1986. In April of 2012 he received his PhD in Nursing from George Mason University based on his qualitative research examining the critical thinking characteristics of African students enrolled in nursing programs in the United States. While a student at George Mason, his research focused on issues related to the uninsured and undocumented immigrants as well as critical thinking, learning style, and other issues experienced by international nursing students. He enjoys singing in the local Shenandoah Valley Choral Society, baseball, gardening, biking, and camping.

Adjunct Faculty

Staff

Laura Esch
Administrative Coordinator

Laura Esch serves as the Administrative Coordinator for both the Undergraduate, and Graduate Nursing Programs of Eastern Mennonite University. Before coming to EMU in August of 2005, Laura supervised an adult home that promotes independence for adults with physical and mental disabilities.

In February 2004, Laura married Eastern Mennonite High School graduate, Chad Esch. Together they have two sons, Liam Edison and Elijah Newton.

During Laura’s free time, she REALLY enjoys watching college basketball, playing volleyball, home remodeling, being outdoors,reading, writing and spending time with her family.

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