About IPFW Nursing’s Newest Faculty

Our professors know the importance of getting to know their students to better help them succeed, and are a great resource when it comes to getting the most out of your nursing education. Get to know the newest members of the IPFW Nursing faculty to learn more about the journey that led them here.

Leslie Shank

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Professor Shank graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Nursing in 2006. She’s worked as a staff nurse in several areas including Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, Newborn Nursery, the Pacemaker/ICD Clinic, and Neonatal Intensive Care. In addition, she’s also taught several OB clinical groups. She recently earned her MSN in Nursing Leadership and Management and looks forward to teaching on a full-time basis. Professor Shank is married and has two daughters, both in elementary school. Her hobbies include playing the piano, reading, running, watching movies and spending time with her family.

 

Kawther Hamash

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Professor Hamash is new to Indiana, though she is used to snowy weather and to the rain during summer. She’s also lived in Ohio and Texas. She worked as a nurse for about 3 years before beginning work toward her advanced degrees in 2007. She has worked primarily in critical care units and teaching in nursing programs (BSN & RN) since 2007. She received her PhD in Nursing from Kent state University. Professor Hamash is married and has 4 kids, 4-year-old twins, a 7 year-old and a baby of 7 months. Teaching and research are her favorite things about nursing, because she believes you can never stop learning. Her motto is “Nothing is impossible with trial, a strong will, and family support.”

 

Cindy Farris

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Professor Farris is Hoosier, born and raised, but moved to Knoxville for 30 years until 2012 when she moved back.  She received her BSN and MSN (Nursing Education) from Ball State University. She loves community health and has a Masters in Public Health from UT, Knoxville.  In 2014, she completed her PhD in Nursing Education at Capella University. She began her nursing career in Medical/Surgical and spent 10 years in Critical Care. Her hobbies include tennis and basketball, watching movies and reading mysteries. She has 1 daughter and a grandson who calls her Dr. Nana. She is very happy to be at IPFW and teaching nursing students.

 

Linda Romines

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Though she just joined IPFW as nursing faculty, IPFW has been a part of Professor Romines life for many years. She graduated from IPFW with an applied associate degree in nursing and then ten years later with a bachelor’s in nursing. She received her MSN from Concordia University Wisconsin. Her primary areas of nursing have been in pediatrics, home health and in community nursing. She and her husband and have four children, their oldest two daughters are married. They also have two sons, seventeen and fourteen, and two precious grandsons, 2 years and 5 months old. She has a passion for community nursing. Like our students, Professor Romines is also continuing her education. She  recently began a DNP program at Indiana Wesleyan University and can relate to late nights studying or writing. In the end, she says, it will all be worth it.

 

Carolyn Davis

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Professor Davis is pleased to be returning to IPFW this fall to teach in both the FNP program and the undergraduate program. She has worked in pediatrics for many years beginning as a staff nurse and finally reaching her goal of being a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Prior to returning to Indiana, Professor Davis developed a free clinic for uninsured adolescents and their children. She also volunteers as the clinic director of Faith Community Health Clinic. This free clinic for the uninsured provides primary health care for adults in Steuben County. However, she is working to bring free pediatric health care to the uninsured children in the county. Additionally, she was a military wife for nearly 30 years while my husband pursued his Air Force career. They have four wonderful sons, and now also have four super grandchildren.  After many years of moving, working as a nurse and raising a family, she is excited to be back home in Indiana.

 

G. Aaron McCord

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Professor McCorde graduated as a Mastodon with three undergraduate degrees and considers this his academic home. He is passionate about teaching and is excited to pursue his dream right here at his alma mater. He owns his own practice making house calls as a PCP for home bound patients. Though it is personally rewarding, he does get tired of being in the car. As a nurse he worked in rehab, dialysis, med-surg, icu, and ER.  He enjoyed his time at Lutheran’s CVIC. When he became a nurse practitioner he worked for nephrology before moving into primary care. He is a proud father of five, but still finds time to bicycle and workout on occasion. He’s an avid NBA and Michigan basketball fan, and considers himself a true nerd at heart, listening to podcasts (science, politics, sports, etc.), reading science fiction and exploring different music. His office is 309B, and he welcomes visitors!

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