Meet the Nursing and Allied Health Faculty

Amy Murphy
Amy Murphy, RN, MSN

Director of Allied Health/Nursing

Personal Information:  My name is Amy Murphy, and I have been teaching at Southeastern Illinois College since January 2000. In 1978, I entered the SIC PN program and graduated from the ADN program in 1981. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree at McKendree University in 1998. In 2011, I obtained a Master’s Degree in Nursing with an emphasis on Nursing Education from the University of Southern Indiana. My work history includes acute care, emergency room, and home health care.  I have been married since 1983 and have two grown children and two grandchildren of whom I am very proud. SIC welcomes you to our nursing and allied health department. Good luck with all of your educational endeavors.

Sessaly Davis
Sessaly Davis, RN, MSN

Instructor of Nursing

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Personal Information: My name is Sessaly Davis, and I've been a nursing instructor at SIC since August 2018. I have always had a passion for helping others and decided at a young age I wanted to become a nurse. I completed the ADN program at SIC in May 2012 and started working at a local hospital. I decided I wanted to further my education and received my BSN and then went on to pursue my MSN in Nursing Education. I love teaching our future generation of nurses!

Amy Hicks
Amy Hicks, RN, MSN, CDE

Instructor of Nursing

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Personal Information: Let me introduce myself. I have been in nursing for over 15 years. I earned an Associate Degree in Nursing at John A. Logan College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Aspen University. I recently finished my Masters of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Nursing Education, along with a certification in Diabetes Education. In addition to teaching at SIC, I also work per diem on the Med Surg/Skilled Care Unit at St. Joe's Hospital in Murphysboro, IL. I have a wide variety of nursing experience, including Med Surg, OB, Ortho, GI, school nursing, and most recently, Diabetes Education. My dream has always been to impact the next generation of nurses by becoming an educator. I am beyond excited to be a part of the SIC family and look forward to many rewarding years as a nursing instructor here.

I am married and have two children. My favorite thing to do is travel, specifically cruising the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, as well as camping. I love to do anything outdoors and recently have taken up kayaking.

Brenda Knight
Brenda Knight, RN, BSN

Instructor of Practical Nursing and CNA

Teaching area(s):  CNA classes and clinicals, PN Growth and Development, PN Nutrition, PN Fundamentals Lab, PN Pharmacology, PN Med Surg, PN Obstetrics, PN Clinical - Long Term Care, Acute Care, Mental Health, Medical Terminology, and Train the Trainer/Evaluator Workshop for CNA Instructors.

Personal Information: My name is Brenda Knight.  I attended the nursing program here at SIC a long time ago and received my Associate Degree in Nursing. I worked in a hospital for fifteen years, most of that in the Emergency Room. Then I decided to go back to school and received my BSN from McKendree University in 1999.

I have been employed full time here at Southeastern since 2016. Prior to that, I worked here part-time and taught Medical Terminology and Certified Nursing Assistant classes.
Currently, I teach full time in the Practical Nursing program as well as teaching Medical Terminology and Nursing Assistant classes while serving as the Coordinator of the Nursing Assistant program.

In my spare time, I enjoy shopping, reading, and traveling. But the best thing is being a grandmother to Reid, who happens to be the cutest little guy in the world!

 Sylvia Moore
Sylvia Moore, RN, MSN

Instructor of Nursing

Teaching area(s): Medication Calculations, Medical Terminology, Advanced Medical Terminology, Fundamentals, Growth & Development, Mental Health, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Medical-Surgical, and Leadership.

Personal Information: Hi, my name is Sylvia Moore. I began my career as a Nursing Instructor at Southeastern Illinois College earlier in 2008.  In 1990, I graduated from Southeastern Illinois College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science-Computer Programming. Still, I went on to continue my studies in 2002 when I graduated as a Practical Nurse from Southeastern Illinois College. And in the following year, I graduated from Shawnee Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing.  In 2008, I obtained a Bachelor's in Nursing from Murray State University. And finally, to complete my formal education, in 2014, I earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education from the University of Southern Indiana. Some of my past experiences include Medical-Surgical Nursing, Cardiac Care, Home Health, and a Nurse Educator in a hospital setting.

My husband, Mike, and I have two children, Raya and Lily. I enjoy both observing and assisting students to gain and build their knowledge in the nursing profession. 

 Sabrina Stout
Sabrina Stout, MSN, RN, FNP-C

Instructor of Nursing

Teaching area(s): Medical Terminology, Medical/Surgical, Pharmacology, and Pediatrics 

Personal Information: Hi, my name is Sabrina Stout. I knew from a young age I wanted to help others in healthcare. During highschool I took SIC’s Health Occupations course where I was drawn to the holistic approach of care the nursing model provides. I decided then to pursue a career in nursing, with a goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. I obtained my CNA license and began work at Carrier Mills Nursing Home. After highschool, I attended SIC and graduated from the Licensed Practical Nursing program (LPN) in 2005, then the Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) program in 2006. I started my nursing career at Ferrell Hospital, which is the facility I call “home” and where I “grew my wings” as a nurse. I worked on the Medical/Surgical floor eventually becoming shift supervisor, floated to Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab, and finally settled into the Emergency Department, where I have spent a total of 10 years. Although the ED was not where I imagined I would land while in nursing school, it is the department I love. I enjoy being one of the first people a patient encounters while very ill or in an emergency, and also the diversity of patients you see during a shift. In 2011, I began graduate school at Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing (now Frontier Nursing University), where I graduated with my Masters of Science in Nursing with specialty as Family Nurse Practitioner. I began working at the Gallatin County Wellness Center, a school based health center for Ferrell Hospital. In 2013, I began working at Equality Family Practice for Harrisburg Medical Center, a small rural health clinic where I treated patients for over 5 years. I then began working at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in their clinics in Carmi and Mcleansboro for a year, before deciding I wanted to switch my career to teaching. I feel educating and bringing up the next generation of nurses is something special, and I plan to do my best to make excellent nurses for our community. As a wife and mother of two girls (Josalin and Gemma) I also felt the teaching schedule was best for my family, which is most important to me. As a family we enjoy school functions with the children, outdoor activities, going on Cruises to the Caribbean, and sports (Go Cubs). My husband Chris, daughters, and I currently live in Eldorado, IL.