The Missouri Baptist University school of nursing will prepare students spiritually, intellectually and professionally through a foundation of liberal arts education. Students integrate personal faith in the practice of nursing serving in a global and culturally diverse society.
“The nursing program at MBU makes me excited to be a nurse. In my undergraduate degree, MBU prepared me for the field by having systems and community in place, even after graduation. I was given the confidence that I could change the nursing world. It just takes someone to believe that.”Ansley Little, BSN ’20
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OUR FACULTY AND STAFF
Founding Dean of Nursing, Associate Professor of Nursing
Dr. Amber Pyatt is the founding dean of MBU’s nursing program and an associate professor of nursing. Pyatt is graduate of SEMO (‘06), Newman University (‘10), University of Cincinnati (‘14) and American Sentinel University (‘16) where she earned her DNP. She is a licensed RN in Kansas, Missouri, Georgia, Florida, Nevada and Illinois. Pyatt was the Director of Nursing at Southwestern College from 2014 until coming to MBU. She also taught at Chamberlain College of Nursing and Davenport University. Pyatt earned the Award for Academic Excellence at American Sentinel University. She is a Scholar of the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy that is administered by Sigma Theta Tau International and funded by the Elsevier Foundation as well as a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, National League for Nursing, Graduate Student Nurses Association and the Kansas Organization of Nursing Leaders. Pyatt was elected by peers of nurses in Missouri as the American Nurses Association Membership Delegate. She will be attending the American Nurses Association Membership Assembly in Washington, D.C., in June, representing Missouri nurses.
Adjunct Clinical Faculty
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ashley Bell has worked as a registered nurse since 2008, began teaching bachelor of science (BSN) nursing students in 2017, and joined the Missouri Baptist School of Nursing Faculty in 2018. She earned her BSN in 2008 from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio and her master of science in nursing (MSN) with an emphasis in nursing education from University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2013. She received her certification in oncology nursing in 2010. Her clinical passions include oncology, palliative, and medical/surgical nursing. In 2015, she was a finalist for the St. Louis Business Journal’s Nurse Excellence award in the educator category and was recognized for her work as a clinical nurse educator, facilitating learning for nursing personnel in the clinical setting. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing, in 2017.
Clinical Compliance Officer
Regina Stolzer has over a decade of experience working with higher education. She spent 11 years working for Maryville University first in the Maryville University Bookstore and moving on to become the Assistant Operations Manager for the Online Nursing program supporting a staff of more the 150 adjunct nursing faculty. She received her Bachelors of Science in Organizational Leadership and Psychology from Maryville University in 2012.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Whitney became a registered nurse in 2012 and had planned to work either in Labor and Delivery or in Pediatrics upon graduating. However, that was not the path God chose for her. After graduation, she worked as a pre-op, PACU, and post-op nurse. Whitney enjoyed working with surgery patients, but with encouragement from another nurse, she decided to go back to school to be a nurse practitioner. Her desire to be a nurse and nurse practitioner has always stemmed from the desire to help others and share the love of Christ through caring for patients.
Whitney graduated with a Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in 2016 and began working in Family Practice and Internal Medicine. While working in the clinic, she would precept other nursing students. She found herself enjoying the educational aspect of teaching these students. Whitney truly believes that God gave her that desire, and shortly after, He opened the door here at MBU for me to teach.
Whitney and her husband moved to St. Louis from Alabama in 2018 due to new job placement. They have a 1-year-old daughter, Natalie. Whitney and her husband attend Waypoint Church in Saint Charles, love spending time with their family and friends, and enjoy hiking/camping. Whitney’s main desire is to love the Lord with all my heart, soul, and mind and bring Him glory.
Professor of Nursing
Sonja started her career in healthcare in 2009 working as a tech at Mercy Hospital. After graduating from Maryville University in 2016 with a BSN, she immediately started working as a staff nurse on a PCU step down floor. She soon realized that she loved having students with her when they came onto the floor with their clinical rotations. Upon discovering this desire to teach, she took an adjunct position as a clinical instructor while pursuing a degree in Nursing education. Since earning her MSN in 2020, she has taken many student clinical groups into several different hospital settings.
Sonja and her husband Tim have 4 children, who are all married and live in the area. They also have 4 beautiful grandchildren whom they adore. Sonja and Tim attend Waypoint Church in St Charles. They enjoy traveling together, especially spending time in the Smokey Mountains and visiting family in Michigan.
Assistant Professor of Nursing/Graduate Coordinator
Tara Hommelson has worked as a registered nurse since 2008. Her nursing background includes pediatric medical-surgical, pediatric hematology and oncology, and pediatric research. Additionally, she is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner and has worked with adolescent medicine and pediatric plastic surgery patients in this capacity. She began teaching Bachelor of Science in nursing students in 2015. Tara earned her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) in 2008 from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri and her master of science in nursing (MSN) from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2013. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in 2008. In 2013, she was awarded the Shirley A. Martin Distinguished Nurse Award. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and the Missouri League for Nursing.
Associate Dean of Nursing/Assistant Professor of Nursing/Undergraduate Coordinator
Robin Murray has been a registered nurse since 1997 and taught pre-licensure registered nursing and online courses at the college level since 2004. Murray earned her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from Indiana University in 1997 and her master of science in nursing (MSN) nurse educator track from Webster University in 2003. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Educational Leadership from American Sentinel University in 2019 with a research focus on Civility in Nursing. Clinically, Murray has worked with adult patients in medical-surgical units, homecare, occupational health, burn intensive care, cardiac and trauma step-down, behavioral health, management, and faith community nursing. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing in 1996, Golden Key in 2018 and Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society in 2019. Murray is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Missouri Nurses Association, and the National League for Nursing. Before her career in nursing, Murray served in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve Forces from 1990-1997.
Professor of Nursing
Alicia graduated from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2008 and started her career in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cardinal Glennon. In 2014, Alicia graduated from the Sinclair School of Nursing at Mizzou with her MSN in Nursing Education. She began her education journey teaching clinicals in 2014.
Alicia worked in quality improvement for 4.5 years in the PICU and recently transitioned into the clinical educator role for the PICU at Cardinal Glennon.
Alicia and her husband have 3 children.
Assistant Professor of Nursing/Simulation Coordinator
Bryanna graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and soon thereafter, felt called to use her passions and gifts to serve others in the nursing profession. She returned to school and graduated from the University of Tennessee’s accelerated BSN program in 2016. After graduating, she relocated from Knoxville, TN to the St. Louis area with her husband to be closer to family. Bryanna has worked as a registered nurse specializing in oncology and palliative care as well as medical-surgical nursing. She graduated in May 2020 with an MSN as an Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University.
Bryanna has two children, Colton and Landon. She also has a rescue dog, Sadie. Bryanna and her husband belong to Harvester Christian Church in Saint Charles and love their church “family”! They enjoy traveling to the beach and to the mountains and love spending time with our friends and family whenever we can!
Adjunct Clinical Faculty
Susan L Traylor, MSN, RN, is an Adjunct Professor at Missouri Baptist College of Nursing. Susan will be educating nursing students at the clinical sites. Susan has taught nursing clinicals and didactic courses in the Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) and Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) courses since 2013. Susan has a wealth of nursing experience. Her nursing journey began in Milwaukee, WI where she worked 12 years for a large Magnet hospital. Her roles with this organization expanded starting in the ICU. From the ICU units she moved to the telemetry and later gained employment in its float pool. As a float pool nurse, Susan cared for patients in the ICU, telemetry, rehab, oncology, medical, surgical, and orthopedic units within its five network hospitals. Susan educational journey began with an ADN degree from Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, WI. She later enrolled at Cardinal Stritch University, Mequon, WI, where she obtained a BSN. Susan immediately became aware of the need for strong nursing leaders and decided to enroll in Walden University, Minneapolis MN, where she obtained a Masters of Nursing Management and Leadership.
In 2015, Susan was honored to be awarded the “Herzing University Instructor of the Year”. This award demonstrates her creativity in enhancing students learning and inspire students to reach for their goals. She is also a member of the Missouri Nurses Association and National League of Nursing. During her free time, Susan, spends time with family, shopping, church activities, and traveling with her husband, Lance.
Every person is made in the image of God, which endows them with equal intrinsic value irrespective of any race, gender, culture, or religion, and denotes specific qualities that reflect the image of God in their intellect, emotion, will, and spirituality (Genesis 1:26-27; Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, ESV). All people have a sin nature that separates them from God, which means no one is inherently good in and of themselves and that while people are free to choose to reject Him, faith in Jesus is the only way to salvation (Genesis 3; Romans 5:3-11, ESV). Nursing education is unique in that while steeped in principles of realism and the scientific method as a body of knowledge, it also contains an aesthetic-spiritual way of knowing that requires a great deal of emotional intelligence and critical spiritual reflection. At its core, nursing education is discipleship as modeled by Jesus with His disciples throughout the Gospels (Matthew 8:26-27; Matthew 14, ESV), where educators provide active and engaging educational experiences that allow for faculty and peer role-modeling, positive and constructive feedback, and contemplative reflection so that learners can develop critical thinking to make discerning judgments in their own search for truth. Within this learning community, faculty serve students through utilizing the best technology and evidence that fosters information sharing to advance learner’s knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the profession of nursing, where students are ultimately responsible for their own personal and professional growth
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