Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Degree
This program provides an excellent education that prepares the learner to become a member of the nursing profession, meeting the needs of diverse populations.
Faculty & Staff
Kimberly Berning, Nursing Faculty
MSN RN, Education: A.S. UND Williston, ND; BSN Minot State University; and MSN, University of Minnesota, Moorhead.
I am motivated to improve mental health care. I believe this will happen by educating tomorrow’s nurses. Psychiatric Nursing is a passion for me and I hope to spread the passion. I have practiced Operating Room/Trauma Nursing, Occupational Health, Nurse Analyst, and Addiction Nursing. Like many of you, Colorado is not where I grew up, but is fast becoming home to me. So much to explore and so many people to meet.
Beth Carpenter, Coordinator of Instructional Support
BS Business Administration emphasis Accounting, University of Northern Colorado
Hi! I have worked at MCC for 11 years. My role is to provide instructional support to students and faculty. I am honored to have the opportunity to connect with nursing students throughout their educational journey at MCC. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, if I don’t know the answer I will get you to the individual that does.
Charlene Carrera, Associate Nursing Instructor
My name is Charlene Carrera and my nursing career has mainly focused around long-term care and Labor and Delivery. I received my RN through MCC and received my BSN through Grand Canyon University. I am currently working on my MSN through Western Governor’s University. I love nursing because of the everyday education that I receive.
My work philosophy is that all students learn differently, and teaching should be adapted to their age, gender, and ethnicity. I think it is important to keep an opened mind, be positive, and promote safe practice.
Roxanne Cook, MSN, RN
Roxanne has been a nurse for over 25 years, most of that time has been spent in the emergency room. Graduating from MCC with an Associate of Science degree provided her with the confidence and solid foundation to continue her education and complete a master’s degree in nursing education. Roxanne is also heavily involved in nursing medical missions to help the underserved. She has spent a substantial amount of time in Africa teaching and providing hands-on care to those in need. She believes it is important to teach nursing students and new nurses how to think critically and reflect on how their own values influence individual nursing practice. Every student brings a unique culture, experience, beliefs, and background to the art and science of nursing. It is imperative to incorporate these strengths into a successful individual nursing practice.
Kim Ewertz, Nursing Simulation Faculty and Clinical Coordinator
I have been a nurse for almost 30 years and have worked in a variety of settings – medical surgical, long-term care, occupational health with my favorite being education. My own education includes a BSN and two Master’s degrees; one is a Master’s of Science in Education as well as an MSN in nursing education. I believe learning should be interactive and fun for students. A goal is to inspire students to have a love for life-long learning. Another goal is to encourage students to take time to smell the daisies and laugh (A LOT).
Preston Klimper, Nursing Faculty
I was born and raised in Colorado where I started my medical career as an EMT at Northeastern Junior College and then a teaching degree at the University of Northern Colorado. I spent the next 12 years in the US Army increasing my medical skill as an infantry medic and Flight Paramedic before returning to college to earn my Associate Degree in Nursing and ultimately my Master in Nursing in 2018. My nursing career focused on progressive care, geriatric behavior health, and intensive care areas. My teaching philosophy revolves around the thought that if it is important enough to be on the test, it is important enough to explain why in class, but I also want you to be able to translate what you have learned in class to your daily practice as a Registered Nurse.
Stacey Knox, Nursing Faculty
I am a Fort Morgan native-born and raised. I received my ADN from Morgan Community College, my BSN and MSN from Western Governors University, and am currently working on my EdD. I love to learn new things and expand my knowledge. My passion is traveling; my husband and I take off in our motorhome with no agenda frequently. Being a nurse has afforded me the greatest sense of accomplishment I have ever had. By moving into educating young nurses, I get to reach more patients with compassion and knowledge. I love seeing the “light bulb” moments of my scholars, and especially cherish the emails, texts, and phone calls from the new graduates excitedly telling me about the satisfaction being a nurse brings them. I strive to create a trusting relationship with my students as I feel this is the key to both their success and in turn, mine!
Dr. Kimberly Senn, DNP, RN, FNP-BC
Kimberly Senn serves as the RN to BSN completion program faculty at Morgan Community College. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from University of Northern Colorado. Kimberly is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner. Her previous work experience includes cardiovascular care and public health nursing. Kimberly’s teaching philosophy is to encourage learners to achieve their greatest level of educational achievement personally, academically, and professionally. Her passion to teach derives from the desire to obtain, share, and develop scientific knowledge into the exceptional art of nursing practice. Kimberly’s favorite motivational technique is encouraging all students to face their educational journey with enthusiasm and curiosity. She believes in recognizing and respecting the strengths and abilities in others and in ourselves.
Renee Sperry, BSN, RN
I am a Morgan Community College graduate, earning my nursing degree in 2009. I joined Colorado Plains Medical Center in 2009 to start my nursing career. I have worked in a variety of nursing areas including Medical-Surgical, Geriatric Behavior Health Unit, Labor and Delivery, and the Clinics. I am a certified lactation counselor and a certified childbirth educator. I continued my education and received my BSN from Western Governor’s University, and I am currently enrolled in the Master of Nursing Education Program. I was born and raised in Fort Morgan and currently live on a farm in Woodrow, CO.
My work philosophy is: everyone can do it. All you need is hard work, dedication, perseverance, and the will to succeed.
Gwen Steffen, Health Occupations Student Success Advisor
Gwen has a B.S from Colorado Christian University. She has been working at Morgan Community College for over 20 years, starting as a work-study student in Student Services while completing an AAS in Business at MCC.
Personal Philosophy on Advising
I work to be sure that students are taking the classes that they need for their program. As the student success advisor for health occupations , I also want to be sure the student understands the application processes (if required) for their program. My passion is supporting and encouraging our students! I provide information on time management, study strategies, and test taking. Most importantly, I am here to be our student’s cheerleader and remind them that they can do this!
Jennifer Thistle, Director of Nursing Education
Jennifer specializes in women’s health, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, and medical-surgical nursing. Jennifer earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from University of Northern Colorado. Jennifer’s professional philosophy “Teaching the next generation of nurses is an honor. Beyond striving to ensure nursing students learn essential content, my goal is foster critical thinking and engage a new generation of nurses that support a culture of evidence- informed practice, care, professional support and nobility.”