Nursing Faculty

Dedicated Faculty Mentors

School of Nursing Faculty

The faculty mentors in CalSouthern’s School of Nursing are skilled nursing professionals with experience across a wide variety of leadership and senior education positions in an array of healthcare settings. In addition, they are highly credentialed and dedicated educators.

You will appreciate this dual, academic and professional nursing experience as you work one-on-one with your faculty mentor for each course. They will be there to answer any questions you may have about the course material. Perhaps even more important, they will also be able to help you take the concepts that you learn and apply them to real-world issues that arise in today’s nursing practice.

They understand the challenges you face in your practice; they’ve been there.

Faculty mentors are positive, encouraging and responsive, and they are available to you via phone, email or Skype.

We think you’ll agree that one-on-one faculty mentoring is an effective, efficient and enjoyable way to learn.


Samantha Dotson, MSN

Faculty Mentor, School of Nursing

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Opiate abuse prevention, online education, increasing compliance rates with pediatric vaccinations

Samantha Dotson is a Family Nurse Practitioner, board-certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and licensed by the state of Ohio. She first developed an interest in nursing as a secretary in a pediatric office, where she developed many long-lasting relationships with patients. She obtained her associate degree in natural and behavioral sciences from Lourdes University and her diploma in nursing from Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing in 2005.

Samantha worked in a large city hospital with specialty training in vascular nursing and also worked as charge nurse. She then continued her education by obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She joined the staff of a small, rural hospital rotating from the ICU to ER, and also working as hospital supervisor. Samantha then completed her education with a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner.

Samantha currently works in the same pediatrician’s office where she began her career. She feels that working there is a way to give back to the community, as the office often sees the poor and underserved children in the area. Samantha is excited to share her knowledge and expertise of nursing through education to nursing students.

Educational Background
MSN, Kaplan University, Davenport, IA; BSN, Lourdes University, Sylvania, Ohio; Nursing diploma, Firelands Regional Medical Center, School of Nursing, Sandusky, Ohio


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