"I find that the variety of opportunities within nursing has allowed me to grow and challenge myself, which is rewarding on a daily basis, not just a moment in time."
- MSN – University of Texas at Austin, 2003
- BSN – Syracuse University, 1998
- BS in Biological Sciences – Colorado State University, 1992
Career highlights are hard for me to pinpoint because of the vast array of experiences I've had as a nurse. I've found that I can take my love of travel and experiencing different cultures and nursing to benefit students who want to also gain a broader understanding of the others we share this earth with. I find that the variety of opportunities within nursing has allowed me to grow and challenge myself, which is rewarding on a daily basis, not just a moment in time.
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
NURS 409- Health Policy, Economics & Systems.
What do you want students to take away from your classes? What do you want them to learn?
The world of nursing is bigger and broader than being at the patient's bedside. They can advocate for change that affects care using data and research, help be a part of the process to improve the healthcare system and offer solutions instead of just complaining about the problems.
Why did you start teaching?
An aspect of nursing that I especially enjoyed was patient education. Having a broader perspective with public health nursing allowed me to see that the impact of teaching the next generations of nurses is powerful. I am able to continue being an educator, whether it be with patients or students, to inspire and model behavior that will benefit all.
What's the best advice that you ever received?
Listen to what others have to share. Everyone has value.
Why are you interested in nursing? What drew you to this field?
I like the holistic aspect of seeing the patient. Caring for others is an act that I feel honored to participate in.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?
Patience, attention to detail and empathy.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?
A fragmented system with ever sicker patients that doesn't value primary prevention.
What is the value of a BSN?
The value of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is personal to each of us. To me it meant being able to go on in school to be the first person in my family to receive a master's degree in which I was able to focus more on what excites me in nursing—public health.