What do you want students to take away from your classes?
Application of knowledge, evidence and theory into nursing practice, education, and research. Personal knowing of others to succeed and promote the discipline of nursing.
Why did you start teaching?
To share my knowledge and experience of comprehensive care to others for promoting positive health and educational outcomes.
Why are you interested in education? What drew you to this field?
Prior faculty providing leadership and role modeling for education. I learned early in my nursing career that I did not want to be a "rug" nurse or someone who uses a job or overtime hours in nursing as a means to buy new things for their house. I wanted to make a difference in advancing others in the profession of nursing and recognizing that caring makes the difference.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in your field?
Courage in exploring new information and sharing ways of knowing to others.
What advice would you give to those considering a USM online education program?
Open your mind to new ideas for learning and shared learning. You are no longer a passive learner; you are an active learner. Seek support from family and friends for daily commitments so that you can spend energy and time in achieving your personal learning goals.
Tell us something your students may not know about you.
I enjoy the creativity of nursing education in bringing art and science together. Storytelling is my favorite way of sharing a learned experience for others. I also love knowing about the history of nursing and how we might learn from the past for new adventures in learning and doing.