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New School of Nursing Dean Is Adult Learning Advocate

Photo of Dr. Sarah Miller the new dean of the MNU School of Nursing
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“A lot of people wait for when ‘the time is right’ to continue their education but to be honest, there is no right time,” Miller says. “The time is now for you to invest in yourself! Believe in yourself and your ability. Trust that the faculty, staff, and administrators at MNU are here to walk with you along your educational journey to help you find success as a Pioneer!”

Dr. Sarah Miller (’09, MSN ’10) is an adult-learner success story. After earning her associate of science in nursing from Kansas City Kansas Community College, and becoming an RN, Miller went on to earn a BSN and MSN from MNU and a Doctor of Education with an emphasis in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University. Never one to settle, Miller graduated from the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Missouri, with an emphasis as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She is licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and will complete her FNP certification exam soon. Her love of learning, teaching and her medical expertise landed Miller a position she had not considered when she first became a nurse. She is now the Dean of The School of Nursing at MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Upon Miller’s appointment, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Nancy Damron expressed anticipation for the future of nursing education at MNU. 

“Dr. Miller brings vast experience to this position in both nursing practice and nursing education,” Damron said. “With a clear understanding of the needs of nursing students as well as the medical field, her dynamic leadership will enhance School of Nursing programs at MNU while broadening programming as we further serve our community.  We are excited for what the future holds!”

After becoming an RN, Miller wanted to continue her education and had heard others speak highly of MNU. It was the quality of education and expertise of the faculty that first drew her to the university. When she met with the RN-BSN program director, the personal care cinched the deal. 

“Dr. Allyson Young was instrumental in my decision to attend MNU because of her ethos of care,” Miller says. “Dr. Young walked me to every office on campus I would need know about to be successful, from the library to financial aid to the registrar, all on a day in the middle of the winter. She went above and beyond to care for me and to demonstrate Christ’s love in action and I knew that MNU was the place for me.

Whether I am stepping foot on the campus or am connecting with members of the campus community virtually, I have always felt at home at MNU.”

Miller’s list of accomplishments and experience is vast. She was a charge nurse on the medical surgical unit at Providence Medical Center, served on numerous hospital and educational committees, has presented at eight local, regional and national conferences, and holds numerous professional affiliations. In 2012, she was the president and founding member of MNU’s Honor Society of Nursing, which was chartered as the Chi Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International at MNU in 2014. She has taught nursing courses at KCKCC and MNU for more than 10 years.

Miller is an avid volunteer in the Greater Kansas City area and has served on multiple teams as an on-site evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the national organization that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing, and accredits MNU’s nursing program. 

Miller has high goals for the School of Nursing including expansion of program offerings, increased collaboration with alumni and a strong focus toward the future of nursing education. 

As a fellow adult learner, she has good advice for those looking to continue their higher education. 

“A lot of people wait for when ‘the time is right’ to continue their education but to be honest, there is no right time,” Miller says. “The time is now for you to invest in yourself! Believe in yourself and your ability. Trust that the faculty, staff, and administrators at MNU are here to walk with you along your educational journey to help you find success as a Pioneer!”

Learn more about MNU’s School of Nursing at https://www.mnu.edu/undergraduate/majors-minors/nursing-education-department/programs. 
 

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