Academics & the Arts

Nursing & Wellness

Grand View's nursing and health promotion programs are designed to offer a distinctive opportunity for you to influence the health, lifestyle and productivity of individuals and organizations.  You'll be prepared to plan, implement and evaluate health programs and  become committed to the vision of improving the health and well-being of society. Nursing and two concentrations in Health Promotion are the areas of focus.

The Nursing major develops meaning in nursing situations in a variety of healthcare environments. Student-faculty relationships create outcomes that develop a nursing professional who values learning and embodies a caring ethic. A BSN and RN to BSN programs are offered. 

Kinesiology and Health Promotion
If you’re passionate about wellness and fitness, this multidisciplinary curriculum provides the theory and practice to prepare you for professional work in schools, private agencies, clinical environments, government or business.  Selecting a concentration in either kinesiology or health promotion, you’ll have an opportunity to influence the physical activity, health, lifestyle and productivity of individuals, communities and organizations. 


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.




Dr. 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
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. 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 department, 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!

Dr. Catherine Homard, associate professor of nursing and department chair of nursing
Welcome to Grand View and a new journey.  My teaching experience spans caring, pharmacology, caring responses, medical/surgical, 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
Each day is filled with opportunities to learn and grow while enrolled in our nursing program. I look forward to learning with you in the classroom and clinical  as we grow together as nurses. Currently, I teach Pharmacology in Nursing Situations and Assessment of Well-being, but have expertise in Adults in the Institution, Caring Responses, and our former Computers and NCLEX-RN course from 27 years of teaching. In addition, I have taught Caring and Physical Assessment in the RN-BSN program. Teaching is supported by a clinical practice as an ARNP completing geriatric health assessments and as a staff nurse caring for cardiac rehabilitation clients after a heart event. I'm passionate about aging care, and complementary and alternative therapies. My personal life embraces two teenage sons, friends and family, passion for bicycle touring, enhancing natural space on my acreage, piano, softball, and skiing. Many fond Grand View memories while an undergraduate student are ever-present.
Faculty Website

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
I joined Grand View full-time in 2012 after a year of adjunct instructing. I am excited to be a part of the Grand View Nursing Department and all it has to offer! My clinical background is Med-Surg, and I teach the Foundations of Nursing course. I have also taught pharmacology. I really enjoy watching students learn and develop new skills and clinical decision-making capabilities. I'm also the mother of two small children, and enjoy spending free time with my family.


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. Faculty Website

Dr. Jean Logan, professor of nursing
I have been at Grand View for 30 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.  I also helped design and implement the graduate programs in nursing. 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.

Kelly Kane, assistant professor of nursing
Hello, I have been with Grand View University since fall 2013 as an assistant professor in the nursing program. I have been teaching for five years and especially enjoy watching the students grow in their knowledge and skills. I am passionate about Oncology, End-of-Life, Special Needs and the elderly. Therefore I LOVE med-surg. as it covers all the systems. I am currently working on my Ph.D in Education specializing in higher education. I look forward to meeting each of you. My office door is always open.

Melissa Larsen, assistant professor of nursing

Lisa Laughlin, instructor of nursing


Nursing and health-related courses are taught in the Charles S. Johnson Wellness Center, an 81,000 square-foot building, equipped with technology-rich instructional space.  The Wellness Center also houses a weight room, inside track, and two gymnasiums, as well as offices for faculty and coaches.

Nursing students learn first-hand in the Grand View Health Services clinic.  Grand View's location in Des Moines creates many opportunities for interactive experiences in nursing.  What better way to learn than to learn through experience!  A learning resource center and a complementary thearapies room provides additional opportunities for engagement.

Explore the Charles S. Johnson Wellness Center through our Virtual Tour. (Link not mobile friendly.)

Awards and Accomplishments

Amy Vos '13, recent health promotion graduate, was awarded a scholarship to attend the Iowa Governor's Conference on Public Health in Ames, April 9-10.  She  heard state and national speakers, participated in networking and research poster sessions.

Ashley Adams '05, Kory Dunsberger and Sea Fey '95 were named to the 2011 100 Great Iowa Nurses list.

Dr. Debra Franzen, professor of nursing and division head of nursing Dr. Jean Logan, professor of nursing, and Dr. Carolyn Pauling, associate professor of nursing, presented a health care policy in the form of a critical analysis model for the Journal of Nursing Education.

Dr. Rebecca Lang, professor of health and physical education, was the opening presenter at the Mordid Obesity: A Growing American Epidemic Conference at Mercy Medical Center April 6, 2013.  Her presentation was entitled, "Engaging and Empowering Patients Through Motivational Interviewing."  The audience consisted of various health professionals including physicians, physician residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, wellness specialists and the general population.

Jean Logan, professor of nursing, was re-elected to a six-year term on the Broadlawns Board of Trustees.  She also serves as the vice chair for the Trustees.

Nursing Accreditation

The baccalaureate and master's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.  In March of 2011 the program was fully accredited for ten years by CCNE, which is an autonomous accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.  CCNE is officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency and is the accrediting body for most of the nursing programs in the US.  Grand View was initially accredited by this body in 2001. 

Grand View’s nursing program has been continuously accredited since 1976, with prior accreditation by the National League for Nursing (NLN), and continuously approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON) . In the fall of 2010 the program was awarded full six-year approval by the IBON, with provisional status in the spring of 2012. The program's first quarter 2013 NCLEX-RN pass rate was 95.24%; second quarter of 2013 was 95.65%, compared to the national rate of 83% and the Iowa rate of 82.1%.