Student Spotlights

Graceland University is pleased to announce that Dr. Sharon Little-Stoetzel will be appointed dean of the School of Nursing, effective June 1. Little-Stoetzel earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Truman State University (formerly NE MO State) in 1984, a master's degree in nursing at the University of Missouri in 1991, and a PhD in nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2013.

Brandy Bachtel ’18 always knew she wanted to go into the health care field, but she didn’t know exactly where she wanted to focus. After high school, tragedy hit. She lost her dad and made the decision to spend a year with her mom, helping her through the transition.

Carol Green, PhD, won the 2016 Nurse of the Year award based on the impact she has had on the lives of patients, colleagues and students.

Alumni Spotlight: Joyce Soule

September 28, 2017

Currently enrolled in Graceland University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with an anticipated graduation date in 2018, Joyce Soule ’09 has already experienced incredible success in the health care industry.

Success: Julie Filbeck

May 16, 2017

Julie Filbeck `03 is thankful each day of her life for the experience she had at Graceland University. Upon completing all her prerequisite work through the Kansas City Community College system, Julie was ready to transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. After an unsuccessful stint at a big university right out of high school, Filbeck was looking for a small learning environment where she felt connected when she found Graceland.

Keely Cardwell graduated from Graceland in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). After working as an RN for seven years, she is currently finishing a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) at the University of Kansas. Horizons caught up with Keely to hear about her burgeoning career and Graceland memories.

Success: Chelsey Shinn

April 3, 2017

Two years ago, when Chelsey Shinn moved to the Kansas City area, she began looking into nursing schools in close proximity and particularly one that offered a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Being unfamiliar with the area, she started asking around. It was her sister-in-law who brought Graceland University to her attention, quickly stating some of her nursing friends had completed the nursing program and loved it.

Success: Lexi Kroesen

April 3, 2017

Lexi Kroesen is a current student enrolled in Graceland University’s School of Nursing and pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She came to Graceland from a tiny high school in Independence, Missouri, where she graduated with only 12 other students. In high school, she was very involved in sports, student council, community outreach, science club and the arts. Learning of Graceland through others who attended the university and making a couple visits to campus, Lexi knew Graceland was where she wanted to pursue her secondary education.

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Dec. 15 – The Master of Science in Nursing degree with an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN-AGACNP) concentration was recently introduced by the Graceland University School of Nursing.