Elmarie Botha

Elmarie Botha

Assistant Professor Interim Co-Chair, BSN Program DNP, RN

Programs and Courses Taught

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing

N126 Health Assessment, N181 Senior Synthesis, N164 Advanced Care of Adults, N127 Managing Care of Adults

About Me

I was born and raised in South Africa and this is where my nursing career started. My first job as an RN was in a surgical ICU where I quickly realized that I love critical care and soon transferred to a Cardiac Care ICU.  After completing a second BSN program with critical care as my major I decided it was time to see the world. I worked at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, the capitol of Saudi Arabia, for a year while waiting for my green card to be approved. I moved to the US in 2003 and started working at the Summit campus of ABSMC as a traveler. As soon as my travel contract was completed I went on staff at ABSMC  on the Cardica Telemetry unit. I started teaching at Samuel Merritt University as an adjunct in 2010 and became full time faculty in 2013. I have a passion for supporting students to understand all the facets and intricacies of caring for critically ill patients, I feel honored to have been a part of so many students' journeys in becoming RN's over the past decade.


I  graduated with a BSN degree from the University of the Free State in South Africa in 1997 and received my MSN as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) from UCSF in 2007.  In 2016 I completed my DNP at Samuel Merritt University.

Teaching Interests

Critical care, Cardiac Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing

Scholarly Interests

Mindfulness, Incivility, Failing to Fail

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Sigma Theta Tau

Community Service

SMU Community Learning Forum (CLF) at Allen Temple Baptist Church, Speaking at Middle and High Schools about Nursing as a profession