Nursing & Kinesiology

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. BSN and RN to BSN programs are offered, as well as the MSN in Clinical Nurse Leadership or Nursing Education through the School of Graduate Studies. Students interested in the BSN must apply and be accepted to Grand View through the normal admissions process. A separate application to the nursing program is required at a later time, depending on the program a student wishes to enter.

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. 

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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. Dawn Bowker, associate professor of nursing

I have been a nurse since 1982 and received my Nurse Practitioner certificate from the University of Minnesota in 1987. I have a masters degree in Transcultural Nursing and Community from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. I obtained a PhD in Nursing from New Mexico State University with an emphasis on nursing education and health disparities. My research focus is on HPV and cervical cancer among American Indian women.


Dr. Barbara Doering, associate professor of nursing Earned her BSN from Drake University and her MSN from the University of Phoenix.




Dr. Bridget Drafahl
I received my PhD from Capella University in 2016, specializing in Nursing Education. I have been a nurse for over 30 years with a vast amount of experience in many places, but my interests are obstetrics, management/leadership, and research. I have three boys, four step children, and two beautiful granddaughters that keep me busy in my spare time.



Dr. Trisha Highland, assistant professor of nursing
I graduated from Grand View University in 2000.  I obtained my Master's in Nursing degree and I'm currently finishing my Doctor of Philosophy of Nursing degree from the University of Phoenix.  My area of study is interprofessional education.  I have two daughters who are actively involved in many sports that keep me busy on a daily basis!



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 Carlson, 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.


Lisa Laughlin, assistant professor of nursing
Welcome to Grand View! After graduating from the Grand View nursing program in 2005, I am thrilled to be back to carry on the amazing GV tradition as a professor.  I am excited to share this journey with you!



Kristen Myers, assistant professor of nursing
Hello and welcome to Grand View! I am so glad you are here. I am a 2005 graduate of the Grand View nursing program and it is such an honor and a privilege to be able to return to this great program as a faculty member. My nursing background has been primarily in community health, public health, and infection prevention. I am a true believer in lifelong learning in the nursing profession. I love to learn and have not stopped going to school since I left Grand View. Right now I am currently working on my Ph.D. in nursing through UMKC. I look forward to learning alongside my students and inspiring them to love community health as much as I do.


Rachel Seltz-Falk, nursing clinical educator
Hello and welcome to Grand View! I graduated from Grand View in 2009 and returned in 2014 to obtain my Master of Science in Nursing - Education. I graduated in 2016 and happily accepted a position here. I am grateful to be able to give to the university that has given so much to me. I am also the faculty advisor of the Nursing Student Association. My nursing experience includes emergency nursing and pediatric psychiatry. I love the nursing profession because we are always learning. I am looking forward to working with you and helping you find your passion for nursing and lifelong learning.


Dr. Zebblin Sullivan, associate professor of kinesiology




Dr. Chris Viesselman, assistant professor of kinesiology
I am a practitioner, educator, and student of sports medicine and movement science. My education and passion come together in the classroom every day as I work alongside students to develop their interests in and understanding of kinesiology and athletic training. I am fascinated by how changes to human movement can be used to not only increase performance but also to prevent, treat, and recover from injuries. My research focus is education and leadership in sports medicine.


Sherri Watts, assistant professor of nursing
I graduated from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing, a diploma program, in 1991. I received my BSN from Grand View University in 2006. I was entertaining the idea of returning to school and eventually decided on a Masters in Nursing in Education. Based on my diverse nursing background and personality, I believed I could make a positive impact on our profession through teaching. Our Nursing Department's Caring Philosophy echoed my personal goals and mindset. I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to blend the two. I love teaching pediatrics with an emphasis on Family-Centered care. In my free time I love to spend time outdoors and soaking up the sun whether that is through walking, running, gardening, or riding on the bike or a motorcycle.


Julie Weichman, clinical educator
I graduated from Grand View University in 2000 with my BSN, and Regis University in 2013 with my MSN in Education. I have a 26 year old daughter and 17 year old son. I like to spend time outside gardening and running.


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, 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 DunsbergerSea Fey '95 and Chris Eckardt '95 were named to the 100 Great Iowa Nurses list.

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.

Nursing Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing at Grand View University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Grand View’s nursing program has been Nationally accredited since 1976. In the fall of 2016 the program was awarded full six-year approval by the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON).


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