"Communication of my passion for nursing and nursing education is the key to helping our future and current nurses become the best they can be."
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?
In NURS 221, students review the elements of physical assessment and nursing diagnosis and learn to perform a head-to-toe assessment, becoming more confident in assessment skills.
Why did you start teaching?
My father was a music educator with a doctorate in education. My mother was a surgical nurse with a diploma. They encouraged me to become whatever I wanted to be. I have combined their careers in becoming a Registered Nurse. My goal in nursing school was to become a nursing educator. I decided to get a lot of hands-on experience before going back to school for my MSN. I felt that if I was going to teach nursing practice, I needed a good foundation in direct client care, education, management and integrative health.
Helping students understand the importance of knowledge base, skill development and a sense of altruism in nursing energizes me. I enjoy seeing the light bulb go on in my students. I learn as much from my students as my students may learn from me. Communication of my passion for nursing and nursing education is the key to helping our future and current nurses become the best they can be. Many years ago, someone asked, "Who are you?" I replied, "I am a Registered Nurse, and I will always find a way to help others."
What advice would you give to those considering this online degree program?
Review the syllabus and take notes. Put your assignment due dates in your calendar.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in the nursing profession?
What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?
We will always have the challenge of fighting for health care and safe nursing practices.