Faculty and Staff Achievements

Welcome Julia Zaiser, MS, FNP-BC

=Images= | JuliaZaiserWelcome Ms. Julia Zaiser, MS FNP-BC as a new member of our graduate nursing program faculty!  Ms. Zaiser has extensive experience as a family nurse practitioner in both primary care and in episodic care in a retail clinic setting.  Ms. Zaiser also has extensive experience in curriculum development at both the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing in Rockford Illinois; she has taught in the UIC FNP program as well as partnered with the College of Medicine in medical student education in primary care.

Ms. Zaiser has completed her MS and family nurse practitioner coursework at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is a Saint Anthony School of Nursing Diploma graduate; she is certified as a FNP through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC).  We are very excited that Ms. Zaiser has chosen to join our SACN team, and believe that our SACN graduate program is very blessed to have her as a faculty member.  She will teach in the FNP program and will work on the development of standardized patients, used for formative and summative assessment of our students’ progression in our programs. 


Sue Baylor Illinois Nurse Educator Fellow

Sue Baylor, BSN, MSN  Ms. Susan L. Baylor, MSN, RN, NCSN, CNE, Assistant Professor, Saint Anthony College of Nursing has been named an Illinois Nurse Educator Fellow by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). Sue is one of 18 fellows selected from 34 faculty nominated by a chief nursing administrator at an accredited program of nursing in the State of Illinois. Sue was recognized for her outstanding qualifications, accomplishments and history of significant contributions to Saint Anthony College of Nursing (SACN), a CCNE accredited nursing program. Sue was nominated by Terese Burch PhD, RN, President and Dean, for her expertise as a master teacher and as a mentor of new nurse faculty. As stated in her nomination, Sue engages her students with individualized creative teaching styles. She inspires fellow teachers with her zest and innovative methods.

Awarded $10,000 in grant funds

Sue will use the $10,000 competitive grant award to encourage innovation and quality in nursing education. She is using the funding to develop a manual for new faculty and will provide supplemental materials, books and equipment. Sensitive to ongoing change in healthcare, Sue will use this award to reach out to other academic and healthcare communities. In accordance with the expectations of the fellowship, she will collaborate with the IBHE and the Illinois Center for Nursing to serve statewide as a nursing advocate and assist with the fellowship process in future years.


Dr. Shannon Lizer coordinator for new Family Nurse Practitioner tract

Shannon K. Lizer, PhD, FNP-BC, currently the Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at Highland Community College, has had a variety of experiences in nursing since her graduation with an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (ADN) from Rock Valley College in 1977, followed by a BSN completion degree from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Lizer's graduate level education includes a Master's degree from University of Illinois Chicago in nursing administrative studies, post-Master's work at Rush University in Chicago in the family nurse practitioner (FNP) program, and a PhD at Rush University.

Clinical work
Her clinical work experience includes critical care nursing of adults and children, emergency services, and later practice as a board certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) and certified occupational health nurse specialist. She has practiced in both primary care and internal medicine settings, most recently with veterans at the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). Her academic experience includes teaching at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine in Rockford, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) as the Director of the Occupational Health Nursing (OHN) Program, as an assistant clinical professor in the UIC College of Nursing, Rockford Regional Program and Chicago, and in teaching undergraduate nursing students at Highland Community College.

 Research interests

Dr. Lizer has three key research interests: farmers' health and risk of injury, backstretch workers in the racing industry, and NP professional role adjustment. She is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an FNP, through the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) as a certified occupational health nurse specialist. She is active in many state and national organizations including the Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nurses (ISAPN), the American Association of Occupation Health Nurses (AAOHN), Illinois Nurses Association (INA) and Sigma Theta Tau International. Her service work is as a school board member of the Forestville Valley Community School District #221, and the President of the Stephenson/Carroll County FQHC Governing Council.