Nursing Education Initiatives 1972 - Present

Dr. Sipple has been involved in a number of innovative nursing education projects.

1972 - 1976


While teaching in an Associate Degree Nursing Program, Dr. Sipple participated in a collaborative work team to design a RN/BSN Program at the University of Tennessee - Nashville. She then served as the Coordinator for the first year of program implementation.

1976 - 1991

South Carolina

Dr. Sipple assumed the academic leadership of a 25 year old Associate Degree Nursing Program at Lander University guiding it to its first national accreditation. Led the transition of the associate degree nursing program to a baccalaureate degree program with national accreditation. Established a Betty Neuman Model based curriculum.

1989 - 1990


On sabbatical at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia as a Visiting Professor in Nursing, Dr. Sipple served as an internal consultant in designing and implementing the first university based nursing program.

1991 - 1995


As the academic officer of Barnes College in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Sipple led the design and implementation of the transition of the 65-year-old Barnes Hospital School of Nursing diploma program to a single purpose college. Under Dr. Sipple's leadership Barnes College was awarded regional accreditation by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National League for Nursing. She was then instrumental in facilitating the transition of Barnes College into Barnes College of Nursing at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

1995 - Present


Dr. Sipple was recruited by St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to lead the transition of the 114-year-old diploma program into a baccalaureate degree-nursing program. A unique model for this program has been granted "initia" approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing which includes an affiliation agreement between St. Luke's Hospital and Moravian College to form the St. Luke's Hospital Commemorative School of Nursing at Moravian College. The baccalaureate program office at the College opened August 3, 1998.

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