Experts on "Nursing"

Electra Allen

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

Electra Allen’s teaching interests are in the areas of pediatric nursing, mental health nursing and nursing pharmacology. She teaches courses in the Bachelor’s Of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Program including Pediatric Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, and Essentials of Clinical Nursing Pharmacology.  She uses discussion, group work, simulation, case studies and reflection in her pedagogy. Integration of Christian faith includes “enhancing empathy for patients experiencing auditory hallucinations,” “the role of a Christian nurse in enhancing coping and adjustment,” an emphasis on nonjudgmental spiritual care, and reflective prayerful activities about student’s academic and clinical experiences in the nursing program.  

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Penny Bacon

  • Associate Professor of Nursing

Penny Bacon’s teaching interests are in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention specific to the care of women and infants. Additionally, she provides information that expands the student’s knowledge related to current health patterns and skill acquisition needed to collect subjective data and perform physical assessment on the adult population. Courses taught in the B.S.N. program include Introduction to Women’s Health theory and clinical and Nursing Assessment of the Patient. A primary goal of hers is to assist students develop the skills of information fluency. Introducing students to the concept of evidenced based practice and supporting their journey of professional enculturation and intellectual fulfillment is the underpinning of her teaching philosophy. In each course, she integrates her Christian faith with professional content through the incorporation of music, student reflection, personal story, and discussions on topics such as “Biblical view of holistic health”, “Character of a Christian nurse” and “Bioethics and Christ like vision."

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Donell L. Campbell

  • Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Associate Director of Nursing

Donell Campbell uses her love of learning to teach and mentor B.S.N. students from their very first nursing course to their final transition to independent practice as new graduates. Her courses include: Nursing First Year Seminar, Introduction to Professional Practice, Management and Leadership in Nursing, and Community / Public Health Nursing.  She infuses her classes with discussions related to culture and diversity, uses case studies, application and integration activities, as well as inclusion of current events and trends within healthcare and nursing research to teach course content. Campbell also teaches internationally on topics related to Communication, Conflict Navigation, Team Building, Self-Care, Resilience and Burnout and has presented and published the findings from related research. Other research and study interests include: The Development of Professionalism in Nursing Students, Utilization of Peer Mentors in the Skills Lab Setting, and International and Volunteer Service as Burnout Prevention.

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Maria A. Dixon

  • Associate Professor of Nursing

Maria Dixon’s teaching interests are in the areas of critical care and cardiovascular disorders. She teaches in the B.S.N. program in the Department of Nursing. Her courses include Fundamentals: Nursing of the Patient/Family Theory, and Critical Care Nursing Theory, and Clinical. Dixon uses case studies, discussion seminars, patient simulations, guest panels, interactive online games, creative testing formats and the most current research literature and evidence-based practice to enhance learning in the classroom and the clinical setting.  She enjoys integrating her Christian faith with nursing to prepare students to address the suffering and needs of families in crises in the critical care setting.

Maria Dixon has an interest in various topics related to vascular disease and disorders, especially Aortic Dissection, which has resulted in various publications. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, she coordinated clinical studies with the Vascular Surgical service at the University of Chicago in several research projects including comparing Vigilon dressings to normal saline dressings in healing venous stasis ulcers, use of Nicorette gum and cessation of smoking, effects of Motrin on Gortex bypass graft patency, Selective Infusion of Streptokinase for Arterial Thrombosis and infusion of Prostaglandin for arterial ulcers. Most recently, she conducted a study in collaboration with PIH Hospital and Level three nursing students in evaluating the effect of applying 15 seconds of pressure to the injection site of subcutaneous anticoagulants Heparin or Lovenox to prevent bruising. She has authored articles in nursing and medical journals and contributed to chapters on trauma, vascular nursing and critical care.  

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Becky Fallon

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

Becky considers herself blessed to be apart of the faculty in the Department of Nursing. She brings 33 years of nursing experience with her, with most of those years having been spent caring for childbearing women and their families. In addition she has cared for patients in other settings including: Pediatrics, Medical-Surgical nursing, Operating Room and Post-Anesthesia care, and Orthopedics. In response to the Lord, she and her husband relocated to this area from Vermont. Becky became a clinical instructor here at Biola while completing her master’s degree. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with Nursing students. 

Becky and her husband, Arnie, have been married for 31 years, and have three grown children; Amelia, Derrick (a Biola alumnus) and Noah. Weston, their first grandchild was born this past April. Traveling, spending time with family and reading are her past times. She and Arnie attend Whittier Area Community Church.

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Tammy Henderson

  • Assistant Professor, Nursing

Tammy Henderson’s clinical interests include evidence-based research, infection prevention, the value of suffering and spiritual care at the bedside. Her current research interests include burn support and code white preparedness. Her teaching focuses on medical surgical, pediatric, critical care nursing and preceptor/leadership. She teaches in the B.S.N. program. Her classes this year include medical surgical theory and clinical for pediatric and advanced medical surgical. She utilizes current research in her teaching to include best practices for infection prevention, hand hygiene and hospital related infections. She integrates her faith in the clinical setting and with her students and teaches them the importance of spiritual care, pain and suffering in relation to God's Word.

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Akiko Kobayashi

  • Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Kobayashi’s interests in teaching include pathophysiology of diseases related to oncology and immunology, surgical nursing, nutrition, and nursing research in the B.S.N. program. Her courses include Nursing Care of Patient and Family II, Introduction to Nursing Research and Applied Nursing Research. She teaches in both the traditional classroom setting and the online teaching environment.   She enjoys integrating her Christian faith with clinical learning environments as well as through teaching human physiology and pathophysiology to nursing students.

Dr. Kobayashi has done research studies in immune responses in cancer development and in clinical nursing education for novice nursing students. Dr. Kobayashi’s ongoing research studies in B.S.N. education include an online/hybrid environment for B.S.N. students to learn nursing research effectively. She has published multiple articles on mucosal immune responses during cancer development in scientific journals and more recently presented her studies on clinical education for novice nursing students.

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Rachel Van Niekerk

  • Director of Nursing

Dr. Rachel Van Niekerk is a pediatric nurse practitioner and brings her love of children and teaching into the classroom. She has taught in most areas of the B.S.N. Program. She enjoys the mentoring aspects of clinical and helping students see the importance of caring for the patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs but also recognizing the importance of the family especially in the pediatric population. She has utilized virtual patients, evolving case studies, interactive games, social media and simulation to enhance her lecture content in the classroom and clinical setting. She has developed and implemented multiple prayer projects and contemplative exercises for the clinical setting allowing students the opportunity to spend time caring for their own spiritual needs but also praying for their patients, peers, and instructors. She recently co-authored a book chapter in Inclusive Strategies for Individuals with Physical and Health Impairments, a book developed through the Biola School of Education.

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