Ph.D. Nursing, Illinois State University
M.S. Nursing Education, University of Phoenix
BSN, Methodist College of Nursing
I began my nursing career in 2005 working on an intermediate cardiac telemetry unit. On this unit I learned that I have a passion for teaching, patients and nursing students alike. I embarked on my journey to become an educator in 2010 at which time I accepted my first higher education teaching position. Since then, I have educated nursing students in the classroom and in the clinical setting to prepare them for the day they will provide patient care as a registered nurse. I have taught for the last 12 years in undergraduate nursing and have recently transitioned to graduate nursing, helping to prepare future advanced practice nurses, nurse leaders, and doctors of nursing practice
I love to travel, I have been to a few different countries with my favorite international trip being to Japan. Other hobbies include reading/watching documentaries, reading/watching/listening to true crime series, and I love to try new, culturally diverse cuisines.
During my tenure in higher education, I have taught medical surgical nursing, mental health nursing, foundational nursing, population health nursing, personal/community health in nursing, transcultural health in nursing, palliative healthcare, informatics in nursing, evidenced-based practice in nursing, health policy in nursing, and nursing theories.
My teaching philosophy: Nurturing and caring are at the core of who I am I have spent my adult life honing in these attributes and intertwining them into my nursing practice and my role as a nurse educator. I believe in nurturing student’s dreams of becoming nurses, guiding them through the sometimes, tumultuous process of nursing school. I believe it is my duty as an educator to focus on meeting the needs of my students, to encourage students to meet the standards of a rigorous nursing program, and to provide them with a rich learning environment that promotes intellectual and emotional development. As a nurse educator, it is my duty to ensure I provide an education that includes the nurse code of ethics to ensure students are competent in providing safe, ethical, and equitable healthcare to the communities they serve.
What I love about teaching: Nursing and higher education are both rewarding professions and I love that I get to be a part of both while shaping the future of nursing. Every semester I am amazed at how much my students have an impact on my life and over the years they have helped shape who I am as an educator. I love that students trust me enough to allow me to see them during some of the most vulnerable times in their lives. College is a new life transition which can make students feel vulnerable and knowing I am helping them to work through this vulnerability and that I am helping to shape their future is one of the most rewarding aspects of being an educator. Nursing is a special profession and the bond nurse educators develop with nursing students is one that I treasure and will always hold near and dear to my heart.
Topics: LGBTQIA+ in nursing curricula, appropriate LGBTQIA+ communication by healthcare providers, understanding implicit biases, and critical conversations in nursing students and new graduate nurses.
Chair of Continuing Education and Faculty Development committee (nursing department), member of Bradley University Office of Sponsored Program Committee, member of Bradley University Virus Response Team, member of Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research (CUSHR)
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