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Nursing Faculty

Our faculty are a unique blend of researchers, educators and professionals who are proven experts in their fields.

Erica Blumenstock, Assistant Professor

Nursing

Dr. Blumenstock began her career working in an acute care setting in rural Southern Illinois in 1994. She earned her BSN from Barnes College in St. Louis, MO, MSN at the University of Southern Indiana, and DNP at McKendree University in Illinois. Throughout her career, she worked in a variety of healthcare settings including acute medical-surgical nursing, maternal/newborn, pediatrics, public health, and home health/hospice.



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Erica Blumenstock

Office: ASA 129
erica.blumenstock@siu.edu

Heather Brown, Assistant Lecturer

Nursing

Heather Brown joined the faculty at SIU in 2022. She earned an associate degree in Nursing from John A. Logan College in 2016, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Governor's University in 2018, a master's degree in Nursing Leadership & Management from Western Governor's University in 2019, and is currently on track to complete a Doctorate in Nursing Practice by the Fall of 2023.



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Heather Brown

Office: ASA 209B
heather.n.brown@siu.edu

Jacque Glacone, Assistant Lecturer

Nursing

Jacque Giacone joined the faculty at SIU in 2022. She earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Rend Lake College, and her BSN and MSN from McKendree University. She has worked in So. Illinois in various nursing roles including Med/Surg, Cardiac Step Down, Dialysis, and Oncology. She recently worked in Nursing Informatics and received the first Daisy Award for Nursing Informatics in 2018. She joined the faculty at SIU working with the BSN students. She is passionate that the entry level for nursing should be BSN and is proud to join the School of Health Sciences.



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Jasmyne Lewis, Assistant Lecturer

Nursing

Jasmyne Lewis joined SIUC's nursing faculty in 2022. She has a background in nursing education with undergraduate students in the community college setting. She also has experience in a variety of nursing areas including leadership, medical-surgical, neuroscience, clinic, ICU, and orthopedics. Ms. Lewis received her ASN from Illinois Eastern Community College in 2013, BSN from Eastern Illinois University in 2015, and MSN from Western Governors University in 2018. She is on track to complete her DNP from the University of Southern Indiana in 2025.



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Nancy McNitt, Assistant Lecturer

Nursing

Nancy McNitt joined the faculty at SIU in 2021. She earned an associate degree in Nursing from John A. Logan College, a BSN from McKendree College, and a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Southeast Missouri State University. She has worked in hospitals, and clinic sites in Illinois and Tennessee. She has a passion for Women's Health, Obstetrics, and Pediatrics. But she has worked in a variety of different specialties including public health, school health, and hospice. She believes that it is an honor to provide nursing care to her patients. She sees nursing as a blend of compassionate caring and evidence-based practice.



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Nancy McNitt

Office: ASA 209B
nancy.mcnitt@siu.edu

Debra Penrod, Assistant Professor of Nursing

School of Health Sciences

Dr. Penrod’s career began teaching in secondary education at area schools. Since 1996, she worked as a nurse in various roles including acute rehabilitation, medical-surgical nursing, school nursing and case management. In 2009, she began working as a nurse educator in the community college setting, teaching in the practical nursing and associate degree of nursing programs. Prior to coming to SIUC, she also has worked as an adjunct faculty member in a baccalaureate of nursing online program. Dr. Penrod is a member of Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society. She also holds nursing certifications in rehabilitation and school nursing.



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Debra Penrod

Office: ASA 211A
debra.penrod@siu.edu

Kelli Whittington, Program Director of Nursing

School of Health Sciences

Dr. Whittington's nursing career began in 1992 with practice in the acute care setting. Her nursing experience includes ICU, oncology, management, and administration. Her nursing education career began in 1993 with an adjunct clinical position at the community college level. Throughout her nursing education experience, she has taught nurses across all academic levels, from certified nurse assistants through bachelor's prepared registered nurses, culminating with doctorally-prepared registered nurses. She received the 2019 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, is a member of Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society, and recipient of the visiting scholar award from Michigan State University in 2009. She is designated as a Certified Nurse Educator.



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Kelli D. Whittington

Office: ASA 226
kellid@siu.edu