Aug 16, 2006    #129
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UMKC School of Nursing hires six new faculty

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing announces six new faculty members.

Obie Austin, M.S.N., A.N.P., joins the school again as a clinical instructor. He was previously employed by the school from 2002-04. Austin served in the Naval Reserves in Kuwait in 2005. He has been a Nurse Practitioner at UMKC’s Student Health Center since 2004. Austin has been hired to teach in the graduate Adult Nurse Practitioner program. He will also work with the school’s diversity committee and be responsible for recruitment and retention of male students.

An-Lin Cheng, Ph.D., will join as an assistant professor in biostatistics. In addition to implementing her own research program, she will assist other faculty with statistics as needed in grant development, data analysis and interpretation. She will also teach the doctoral level online statistic courses. Cheng finished her Ph.D. in statistics at the University of Georgia in 2004 and comes to UMKC after finishing post-doctoral study at Yale University. Her research interests in biostatistics include causal inference, longitudinal data analysis, data analysis for phase I, II and III in clinical trials, and response adaptive designs.

JoAnn Klaassen, B.S.N., J.D., will be a clinical instructor in the undergraduate nursing program teaching in the mental health, legal and ethical issues courses, as well as assisting with the undergraduate completion program. Klaassen has a master’s in nursing and recently completed her J.D. at the UMKC School of Law. She was previously employed as a nurse attorney and nurse consultant at the law firms of Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson and Gorny.

Karl Kroen, R.N., B.S.N., B.S., M.H.S.A., comes onboard as a clinical instructor teaching medical/surgical courses in the undergraduate nursing program. Since 2003, Kroen has served as instructor for LPN students at Concorde Career Institute in both the classroom and clinical settings. He is completing his Clinical Nurse Specialist graduate degree at the University of Kansas with an anticipated graduation date of August 2007.

Loretta North, R.N., F.N.P., joins the school as a clinical instructor in the undergraduate program teaching mental health and nursing seminar courses. She will assist with the graduate Nurse Practitioner program. In addition, she will work with the school’s diversity committee with a focus on the retention of at-risk students. North has been employed since 1997 at the VA Medical Center as a Nurse Practitioner.

Jane Anthony Peterson, Ph.D., will be an assistant professor with a research focus in cardiovascular health in women. Peterson is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and, most, recently served as a program director and assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing where she taught in the FNP program. In 2005, she was awarded the Health Seeking Behavior Research Interest Group Best Doctoral Student Dissertation Award by the Midwest Nursing Research Society.

Shawn Zembles, R.N., M.S.N., C.E.N., MICT-TO, comes onboard as a clinical instructor teaching adult health critical care courses in the undergraduate program. Zembles was hired full-time in December 2005, having been a part-time clinical faculty member since 2004. His previous employment included serving as the Assistant Chief Nurse Executive with the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command and as the Medical Services Manager and Chief Flight Nurse for LifeNet Air Medical Services.

The UMKC School of Nursing offers multiple degree and concentration choices with variable course scheduling. The school's location and partnerships have developed a wide range of clinical experiences, research and specialty opportunities. For more information about the UMKC School of Nursing, please visit:

UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.


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