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Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, MSN, RN

Adrianne E. Avillion earned her MS in nursing and a doctorate in adult education from Penn State University. She has over 40 years of experience in the field of nursing professional development and continuing education for nurses. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter on the...

Bethany Derricott, RN, MSN, BSN

Bethany Derricott is a nurse educator, online instructor, trainer, and consultant. She is a graduate of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and the MSN program at Walden University. She has served on the nursing faculty at Chamberlain University, West Coast...

Cathy Melter, MSN, RN, CWOCN

Cathy Melter began her nursing career in 1976 and served for over 40 years in adult health. She earned her BSN from California State University, MSN from Samual Merritt College, and WOCN certification from Emory University. Her professional memberships have included the Academy of Medical Surgical...

Cherie R. Rebar, PhD, MBA, RN, COI

Cherie R. Rebar has been a licensed RN since 1995. She holds ASN, MSN, MBA, and PhD degrees and post-master's certificates in Family Nurse Practitioner studies and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner studies. Dr. Rebar has taught since 2005 and is a tenured professor of nursing at...

Dana M. Cox, MA, BSN, RN, CIMI

Dana Cox has been an RN since 1983. She has worked as a nurse in prehospital, emergency, critical care, and pediatrics. Dana is also a credentialed ECSE (early childhood special education) teacher in California. She has provided early intervention services to infants and toddlers with special needs,...

Dennis Crean, BA, Staff Writer

Dennis Crean has served as managing editor for Wild Iris Medical Education since 2010 and helped develop hundreds of continuing education courses. He previously worked as an editor and designer for health, educational, and community-based organizations, including the Louisiana Office of Public...

Heidi J. Crean, DC, MSN, RN, CNL, RNC-OB

Heidi Crean is a nursing instructor in the RN program at Mendocino College in Ukiah, California, where she teaches fundamentals of nursing as well as obstetric and pediatric nursing. She also works as a per diem labor and delivery and postpartum nurse in the Family Birth Center and previously worked...

Judith Swan, MSN, BSN, ADN

Judith Swan has been in the healthcare field for over fifty years, beginning as a medic in the U.S. Air Force. As an RN, she has worked in mental health, emergency, orthopedics, hospice, and medical/surgical. She holds an MSN as a family nurse practitioner. Judith's experience in nursing education...

Judy K. Orth, BSN, MA, RN, CHPN

Judy K. Orth is a board-certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse. She began her career in an intensive-coronary care unit in rural Iowa, where after ten years she designed and coordinated a cardiac rehab program. She later found her passion for clinical nursing as a clinical coordinator at a large...

Kalyn M. Briggs, PhD, OTR/L

Dr. Kalyn Briggs has been an occupational therapist since 2002, completing her PhD in occupational therapy at Texas Woman's University in 2012. She is Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Dr. Briggs' practice has focused on adults...

Leslie R. Crane, EdD, MSN, RN

Leslie Crane has been an RN since 1973. She teaches in the RN, LVN, CNA, and home health aide programs at Santa Rosa Junior College in California. She graduated from Sonoma State University with an MSN and the University of Phoenix with an EdD in educational technology. Her clinical background is...

Loretta Ann Bostic, DNP, MBA, APRN, CRNA

Loretta Ann Bostic is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who specializes in psychiatric mental health and nurse anesthesia. She has been a registered nurse since 1983. She completed her nurse anesthesia education at Charleston Area Medical Center and her doctoral education and postdoctoral...

Marcy Caplin, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

Marcy Caplin has been a nurse since 1983, with experience in coronary care, intensive care, cardiac surgery, and cardiac rehabilitation. She is currently an associate professor in nursing at Kent State University and has vast experience publishing, writing, and managing projects for nursing...

Marian McDonald, RN, MSN, CIC

Marian McDonald has been an RN since 1976. She has been passionately "chasing germs" (doing infection control) since 1983 and consulting since 2003. She has served on the Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) Advisory Committee for the California Department of Public Health and is a past president...

Mary C. Mitus, MSN, RN, CCAP

Mary Mitus is an advanced practice nurse, having earned her master's degree in 1988 from Grand Valley State University, Michigan. Mitus spent the first ten years of her career in hospital and home care administration. Since then she has focused on holistic health and computer-based learning. She is...

Maryam K. Mamou, BSN, RN, CWCN, CRRN

Maryam Mamou has extensive experience in wound care. She is a graduate of the wound ostomy and continence program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and is nationally certified in wound and continence care. She has worked in clinical settings including acute care rehabilitation, home health...

Michael Jay Katz, MD, PhD

Michael Jay Katz earned his PhD and MD from Case Western Reserve University. He taught anatomy, physical diagnosis, and scientific writing in the medical school there for more than twenty-five years. He has written more than a dozen books and nearly 100 papers and essays. He has also served as an...

Monica M. Roe, DPT, PT

Monica M. Roe holds a doctorate in physical therapy and an MFA in writing, and is currently completing a master's in public health at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has practiced physical therapy since 2005 in various clinical settings around the globe, with a primary focus on remote...

Monica A. Nathan, MSEd, BSN, RN, CNOR, CERT-IT

Monica Nathan served as a perioperative nurse and educator in the U.S. Army. Following her military retirement, she became an perioperative nurse and quality assurance coordinator for a freestanding ambulatory surgery center. She is a CERT team member and instructor and a California Disaster Service...

Nancy Evans, BS

Nancy Evans is a health science writer and editor with more than three decades of experience in healthcare publishing. She served as senior editor at Mosby/Times Mirror, senior editor in the health sciences division of Addison-Wesley, and senior medical editor at Appleton & Lange. A breast cancer...

Persis Mary Hamilton, EdD, MSN, BSN, PHN, PMHN

Persis Hamilton has a rich background in nursing, nursing education, and writing. She has written 14 nursing textbooks for two major publishers. Now retired, Persis taught for more than 40 years in vocational, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs, served as item writer for the...

Sheila Wheeler, MSN, RN

Since 1984, Sheila Wheeler has pioneered the field of telephone triage. She is author of the classic training manual Telephone Triage: Theory, Practice and Protocol Development (1993) and editor in chief of the first age-based, 5-Tier Triage, patient-centered guidelines, Telephone Triage...

Sheree L. Goldman, DNP, MSN, RN, WHNP

Sheree Goldman is an educator and writer with over four decades of clinical experience working with patients and families. Since 2000, her focus has been in forensics, coordinating a community-based program that conducts medical-legal examinations for victims and suspects of violence. She is a...

Sheryl M. Ness, MA, BSN, ADN, RN

Sheryl Ness has been an RN since 1985, working in the areas of transfusion medicine, endocrinology, neurology, and oncology. She achieved assistant professor of oncology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and has a master's in transcultural nursing. She has worked for over a decade in the field...





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