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Faculty

Faculty in the Carthage Nursing Department see their students as junior colleagues in the profession of nursing. Professors work to establish close mentoring relationships with students, so students learn not just their course material, but how to succeed and lead in the nursing profession.

Carthage nursing faculty work to create a supportive, positive, and inspiring learning environment, where teachers and learners interact and collaborate. Students will learn how to maximize the benefits of this mentoring relationship, and carry that forward into their careers.

Meet the Nursing Faculty

  • Frank Hicks

    Director of Nursing, Professor of Nursing

    Prof. Hicks has taught at Indiana University Northwest, Loyola University Chicago, and Rush University College of Nursing, and has been recognized as an excellent teacher for more than 20 years. His clinical background includes positions in medical and surgical critical care areas. 

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  • Mary Horton Elliott

    Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing

    Mary Horton Elliott has been a registered nurse for all of her adult life. Her experience includes work in almost every mental health setting (most always psychiatric/mental health), including universities, colleges, hospitals, university medical centers, outpatient mental health centers, and home health agencies.

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  • Patricia Flannery

    Nursing Clinical Instructor

    Patricia Flannery attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Consortial Nursing program from 1986-1991 and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 1991 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She recently completed her Master of Science in Nursing, with a focus in Nursing Education, from the University of Phoenix. Her 3.97 GPA earned her membership in the nursing honor society.

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  • Julie Maher

    Clinical Instructor

    Julie Maher, MSN, RN, C-EFM, is Clinical Instructor of Nursing. She received her ADN from Gateway Technical College, Kenosha; a BSN from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix; an MSN from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, and her current pursuit  a DNP-Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, with plans to graduate this spring.

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  • Cheryl Petersen

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Professor Cheryl Petersen, Ph.D., R.N., is a visiting assistant professor of Nursing. She has clinical experience in the areas of critical care, medical/surgical nursing, urgent care, and oncology research, and has worked as a staff nurse, a quality assurance chair, a head nurse preceptor, an educator, and a research nurse. 

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  • Christine Ross

    Coordinator of Nursing Learning Laboratories

    Christine Ross, DNP, RN, LCCE, CBC, has been a nurse for more than 30 years in the areas of obstetrics, pediatrics, and neonatal intensive care. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Northwestern University and her Master of Science in Nursing degree at Benedictine University.

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Additional Faculty

Billie Lawler
Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
blawler1@carthage.edu


Nursing Department Staff

Karry HillKarry Hill

Nursing Department Administrative Assistant
khill2@carthage.edu

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • Two years in, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is one of Carthage’s fastest growing programs.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • Every January and June, between 20 and 40 students travel to the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua, where they spend two weeks studying tropical ecology, volunteering in rural medical clinics, and helping to construct freshwater facilities. 

    • The Carthage nursing curriculum delivers nearly 1,100 hours of clinical experience by the time a student graduates from the program. Carthage partners with regional health facilities including the United Hospital System and Aurora Health Care. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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