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MSN Master of Science in Nursing RN-to-MSN Nursing Leadership and Administration specialization

Notable Faculty

Every member of Capella's Nursing faculty has a doctoral degree, combined with leadership experience and a background in frontline nursing. Our MHA, DHA, and PhD health care faculty all have doctoral degrees, and many members have served as leaders of regional, national and international organizations including major hospitals, health care and legal nurse consulting, care providers, pharmaceutical companies, public health care organizations, and Veterans Administration.

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Suzanne Holmes, DPA


Suzanne Holmes serves as dean for the School of Public Service Leadership at Capella University. Her professional background includes executive leadership positions with hospitals, medical groups, managed care organizations, and governmental agencies. In the field of higher education, Dr. Holmes has served as chair of the Division of Health Sciences and program chair of graduate programs in Health Informatics and Managed Care. Her research interests focus on managed care's impact on access and quality, the application of e-commerce and e-learning to the human services arena as cost-containment and quality enhancement strategies, the internationalization of the health sciences workforce, and issues of public health policy. Dr. Holmes holds a DPA from the University of La Verne, an MA in Public and International Affairs from George Washington University, and a BA in Political Science from the University of California.

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Christy Davidson DNP, RNC–OB

Interim Director of Nursing

Dr. Davidson joined Capella as a core faculty member in 2011. She began her varied nursing career as a nursing assistant, and later held positions as an obstetrical scrub technician, staff nurse, nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, legal nurse consultant, and nurse manager.

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