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Nursing

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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  • Jennifer Crane

    Clinical Nursing Instructor

    Before coming to Carthage, Jenny Crane worked as an operating room nurse for 25 years and ICU nurse for two years. She became a nurse educator and continues to work at a local surgery care facility.

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  • Patricia Flannery

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

    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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  • Janet Levey

    Associate Professor of Nursing

    Prof. Levey is an advocate for making nursing education more inclusive and accessible to a diverse student body, including individuals with disabilities. Prof. Levey’s past teaching responsibilities included classroom, simulation lab, online, and clinical settings in traditional undergraduate, RN to BSN Completion, and Master Degree level programs.

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  • Julie Maher

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Julie Maher, DNP, RN, C-EFM, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at Carthage. She received her ADN from Gateway Technical College, Kenosha; a BSN from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix; a MSN from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix; and a DNP in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix.

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  • Cheryl Petersen

    Assistant Director of RN-to-BSN Program, Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Professor Cheryl Petersen, Ph.D., R.N., is an Assistant Director of RN to BSN Program. She has extensive pediatric clinical experience in the areas of critical care, medical/surgical nursing, urgent care, and oncology research. Her research and scholarship have been recognized with the receipt of a multitude of national honors, awards, and scholarships.

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Additional Faculty

Amy Cantrell
Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
acantrell@carthage.edu 

Billie Lawler
Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
blawler1@carthage.edu


Nursing Department Staff

Sue ScumaciSuzanne Scumaci

Nursing Department Administrative Assistant
262-551-6511
sscumaci@carthage.edu 

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • 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 wings, 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.

    • More than 90% 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. More than 90% 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. 

    • 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. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing 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 more than 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 students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. 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,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $20,000 up to full tuition. 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 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. 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.

    • 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. 3 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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