ASN – Pacific Union College – 1985
BS in Nursing – Pacific Union College – 1986
MS in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner – Sonoma State University – 1988
PhD in Nursing – University of Texas at Austin – 1995
Clinical Expertise: OB, Pediatrics, Primary Care
Message from the dean
We are delighted that you are interested in the School of Nursing at Walla Walla University. We are very proud of our long history of helping to develop strong Christian nurses. In fact, we recently marked the 120th anniversary of the start of this nursing program. Our program has several distinct elements that make our graduates exceptional:
Our faculty: The Nursing faculty are a wonderful group of dedicated nurses who work closely with students to help them succeed.
Our curriculum: The Nursing curriculum includes several innovated classes that other nursing programs do not include. Just a couple of these are: Nursing of the Chronically Ill and Advanced Acute Nursing. These courses really prepare our graduates to care for patient outside the acute care setting as well as in a critical care setting.
Clinical Experience: The Nursing curriculum includes almost 1000 hours of clinical experience and skills practice. We pride ourselves in making sure that these hours are not observational experiences. In the senior year, students are expected to take on the role of their preceptor and function like a member of the staff.
Preparation for the Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN): We want students to finish the program ready to take the NCLEX with only a minimum of review after graduation. Preparation for this all important exam is imbedded all throughout the nursing courses. Preparation culminates into a NCLEX Review course taken in the last quarter of the program.
I invite you to learn more by examining our website and then to contact the School of Nursing on the campus of your choice. We’ll help you see how you might fit into our program best.
—Lucy Krull, RN, PhD
Dean, School of Nursing
Kari Firestone PhD, RN, CNS
Associate Dean, School of Nursing
BS in Nursing - Walla Walla College - 1994
MS in Nursing/Nursing Education/Clinical Nurse Specialist - Loma Linda University - 2006
PhD in Nursing - Oregon Health & Sciences University - 2016
Clinical Expertise: Pediatrics, Pain & Symptom Management, Health Promotion, Public/Community Health
AAS in Nursing - Lower Columbia College - 2009
BS in Nursing - Washington State University - 2011
MS in Nursing Education - Kaplan University - 2014
Clinical Expertise: Psychiatric mental health nursing
Michelle Maclachlan MSN, RN, NCSN
Clinical Placement Coordinator, Advising and Community Health Clinical
AS in Nursing - Walla Walla College- 1986
BS in Nursing - Walla Walla College - 1987
MS in Nursing - Oregon Health & Sciences University - 2004
DNP - Walden University - 2017
Clinical Expertise: Critical Care, Emergency, Staff Education, Management
BS in Business Education - Walla Walla College - 1980
MA in Educational Leadership - Loma Linda University - 1988
Expertise: Working in educational leadership since 1980, 9 years on the secondary level and in higher education since 1989. More than 30 years in student services/residential life
Karen Tetz PhD, RN
BS in Nursing - Walla Walla College - 1977
MS in Nursing - Loma Linda University - 1983
PhD in Gerontological Nursing - Oregon Health & Science University - 2003
Clinical Expertise: Medical/Surgical nursing, hemodialysis, home health, gerontological nursing