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Meet Our Nursing & Wellness Faculty

Karen Bason, professor of health and physical education
Earned her associate's degree from Grand View University; earned her bachelor's and master's degree from Drake University.

Debra Cason, assistant professor of nursing
Teaching is an active process where opportunities for discovery are provided that stimulate personal and professional growth. I teach Situations with Adults Within Families in the Community where we work with individuals and their families who are living with a chronic illness. Many of these individuals are considered marginalized and one of our greatest responsibilities is that of advocate. I am a respected national expert in psychiatric and geriatric psychiatric nursing. I have traveled nationwide presenting healthcare seminars. I value humor, integrity and honesty. I have a wonderful son and daughter-in-law. And of course, Mayla, my precious granddaughter. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Dr. Greta Degen, associate professor of nursing
Hello and welcome! I teach a wide variety of clinical courses with an OB emphasis, leadership and management classes, as well as professionalism and caring for traditional and RNs. I am currently working on finishing my doctorate in higher education from Iowa State University. My purpose in teaching is to build knowledge in the arena unique to A student's own needs and goals. I am in the same boat as many students - balancing family and school. This humbles me daily as I think about how to become a good role model for parents who return to school.
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Barbara Doering, associate professor of nursing Earned her BSN from Drake University and her MSN from the University of Phoenix.

Susan Emmerich, assistant professor of nursing
Earned her BSN from the University of Texas at Austin and her MSN/PNP from the University of Nebraska Medical Center at Omaha.


Dr. Debra Franzen, professor of nursing and division head of nursing
Welcome to the Nursing Department - we are happy to have you! I have been a professor here at Grand View for 26 years. I teach Professionalism I and II, and I'm the head of the nursing division. My role as an educator is to facilitate student learning. I believe all studenst have a wealth of lived experiences they bring to their nursing education, which provides a foundation to build upon. My daughters keep me grounded, my new grandson gives me the delightful opportunity to play again, and my husband is my best friend.

Dr. Beth Gaul, professor of nursing
Hello and welcome to Grand View! I teach a variety of classes in the nursing division, but primarily leadership, health assessment and courses for the clinical nurse leader graduate program. I enjoy being a co-learner with students and have learned so much from all the students I have encountered throughout the years. I'm married and have two adult children in college. I'm also very active in church activities and enjoy all kinds of music. I look forward to seeing you in class!

Catherine Homard, assistant professor of nursing
This is my ninth year at Grand View with experience teaching courses such as caring, pharmacology, caring responses, and computers and NCLEX-RN.  My teaching philosophy is that we are all learners.  Learning occurs best within an environment that is learner-centered and in which all participants have a desire to learn.  I get excited about teaching and love it when we can learn from each other.

Brenda Hoshaw, assistant professor of nursing
Every day is filled with opportunities to learn and grow. I look forward to learning with you in the classroom, during clinical, as we grow together as nurses. Currently, I am teaching Adults in the Institution, but have also taught Caring Responses, Assessment of Welll-being, and Computers and NCLEX over my teaching career of 24 years. I've also taught a couple courses in the RN-BSN program, Caring and Physical Assessment. I'm passionate about aging, complementary therapies, and nursing practice with experience in cardiac rehabilitation and critical care.  My personal life is centered around two teenage sons, friends and family, a love for touring on a bicycle, and skiing. I have many fond memories of being a Grand View nursing student.
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Carolyn Hudgens, associate professor of nursing
Earned her BSN, PNP, and master's degree from the University of Iowa.


Michelle Lahner, assistant professor of nursing

Dr. Rebecca Lang, professor of health & physical education
I am so happy that you're interested in the health field. I will work with you in courses that include Lifetime Fitness and Wellness, Principles and Foundations of Health Promotion, Worksite Health Promotion, Senior Seminar, Motivational Interviewing, as well as Supervise Internships.  I am part of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and a certified Health and Wellness Coach.   My educational philosophy is driven by the belief that knowledge is power and provides opportunities and possibilities. I desire to engage and empower students to live with intervention and become lifelong learners. I enjoy being physically active, whether it's hiking in national parks, running along trails or walking on the beach.
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Dr. Jean Logan, professor of nursing
I have been at Grand View for 25 years - it is truly a great place to learn and work!  I teach Professionalism I and II, Assessment of Well-being, Public Hospital Management, and Professionalism II for RNs.  Clinical experiences drive classroom discussions and I value all student opinions.  The relationship between students and faculty are key to learning about the nursing profession.

Judith Myers, assistant professor of nursing
Welcome! I teach New Student Seminar, Pathophysiology, Adults in Institutions, and Computers and NCLEX. Learning is the work of the student and the teacher. The student works to learn the knowledge grounded in the academic discipline of the major. The teacher works to learn about the student and the best way to help the student gain that knowledge. I enjoy cooking for my family and baking - chocolate chip cookies are my specialty! I also like old movies, bicycling and CHOCOLATE!

Dr. Carolyn Pauling, professor of nursing
Hello! I have been at Grand View since 1996 and I've enjoyed every minute! I teach clinical courses where I get the best of both worlds - nursing and teaching.  Learning is a complex lifelong journey built upon past experiences, and uses reflection, testing of ideas, analyzing mistakes, taking risks, and being creative. Learning results in changes in cognitive, emotional, and social skill sets. I am addicted to reading - anything and everything - and I hate housework. Looking forward to meeting you!

Marcia Roth, assistant professor of nursing
I've been at Grand View for three years and I teach Nursing Situations with Adults and Nursing Situations in the Community. My philosophy is to challenge myself to present information in an interactive manner, which will increase students' enthusiasm and motivation to learn. I strive to provide an atmosphere in which students feel comfortable enough to participate, question and gain meaning from the classroom and clinical experiences. Before coming to GV, I had a variety of nursing experiences, including four years in SICU, three years in employee health, and 17 years in community health.


Kiersten Withrow, assistant professor of nursing
Welcome to Nursing! As a Grand View alumnus I offer you the perspective of someone who has truly experienced the nursing program from both sides.  As a Nurse Educator I have taught Professionalism I, Assessment, Nurturing & Well-being and Maternal/Child Acute Care utilizing my experiences as a Labor and Delivery nurse and a shift charge nurse. I am certified in Inpatient Obstetrics and Breastfeeding Education. I am married with three kids and love being a part of their busy lives. I look forward to working with you!