Online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Faculty

The Benedictine University RN to BSN program is led by a team of skilled nurses from across the nation. They provide experience and expertise gained through years of achievement in clinical practice, research, administration, and teaching. Faculty members are committed to improving nursing practice and education. They are excited to help you reach new levels of success and fulfillment in your nursing career.

Patricia Brown

Patricia Brown, DNP, APRN, CCRN-K

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Pat Brown specializes in evidence-based practice, nursing leadership, and family care partnerships, providing expertise and insight to many organizations and publications.

Margaret Delaney

Margaret Delaney, Ed.D., APN, CNP, RN

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Margaret Delaney is an Advance Practice Nurse (APRN) certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Her course specialties are community health, health promotion, infectious disease and nursing leadership. Dr. Delaney’s research interests, publications, and presentations include nursing student success, student retention, and health promotion.

Valerie Ellinger

Valerie Ellinger, MSN, RN


Instructor Valerie Ellinger specializes in acute care, emergency, and psychiatric nursing. She has been teaching at Benedictine University since 2011.

Margaret Kipta

Margaret Kipta, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CRNA


Assistant Professor Margaret M. Kipta is an award-winning educator and National Health Service Corps scholar. She is an expert in pharmacology, pathophysiology, physical assessment and translational research.

Joan Libner

Joan Libner, Ed.D., MSN, FRE, RN-BC, CNE

Professor and Chair, Department of Nursing and Health

Professor Libner is a dedicated nursing educator and leader with many years of experience teaching in the classroom, online, and in a variety of clinical settings. She has several certifications and publications and gives back to the profession through her role on an editorial board of a nursing journal, holding leadership positions in professional nursing organizations, and having served on the Illinois Board of Nursing.

Margaret (Peggy) Young

Margaret (Peggy) Young, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CPPS

Director, RN to BSN Program

Ms. Peggy Young is a Benedictine University alumna and as Program Director, she is dedicated to the success of each RN to BSN student.  Ms. Young’s nursing practice includes experience in quality improvement, labor & delivery, and postpartum care.