Claudia D. Horton PhD

Interim Vice President for the Independence Campus and Dean, School of Nursing

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I love being at Graceland! For 22 years, I have served as a faculty member and an administrator in the School of Nursing. Having earned my associate degree in nursing at a community college, I earned my BSN at Graceland, class of 1986, and completed my MSN and PhD through the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

As Dean of the School of Nursing, my goal is to provide our students with the best faculty and learning experiences possible. My team works together to facilitate student success.

In teaching the last theory course in the master’s program, I am in awe of our graduate students who work full-time, attend school (including over 500 clinical hours) and care for their families. They are phenomenal at prioritizing and juggling numerous responsibilities. The trends and issues course for the seniors in the pre-licensure program on campus is also a course I teach. I admire their tenacity and savor the moments watching them as they prepare for an exciting career in nursing. The students look forward to a future in which they will be able to grow in so many different directions.

In Graceland’s online Health Care Management program, I instruct a leadership in healthcare course. There is fulfillment in opening the eyes of students who know so little about the healthcare system!

As an active participant in organizations that support the nursing profession, I have served as president of the Missouri Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Collegiate Nurse Educators of Greater Kansas City, and have been a board member of the Missouri Nurses Association (MONA). Students attend the local MONA meetings with me so they will understand the importance of political involvement to effect change in the healthcare system.

In preparation for retirement in 2018, I will continue my connection with Graceland as a proud alumna. I look forward to spending time with family, reading, watching old movies and traveling.

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