Teaching Philosophy / Personal Statement:
The profession of nursing is one of the key disciplines of the health care team and one that plays a vital role in the short term and long term health outcomes. Nursing uses the experiences from our historical leaders, an advancing knowledge base and established standards of care to significantly affect the health and well being of individuals, families and the community at large.
My philosophy of nursing education has developed from a focus on three R’s. The first is to develop realistic expectations. The standards of care, as outlined in the Nurse Practice Act, provide a basis for the level of care that is expected from those served. A foundation for nursing education is to build an understanding of these standards and mentor students to develop the necessary competencies to safely and consistently deliver care according to those standards.
The second is to provide an educational base that is reliable. By using the nursing process as a framework for the delivery of care, it provides the core of nursing practice in any clinical situation or setting. The integration of Evidence-Based Practice into the curriculum substantiates the contributions of the nursing profession and fosters a culture of best practice.
The third is to engage the students in the application of knowledge and skills that is relevant to current practice. The attention to National Patient Safety Goals, learning to communicate and engage effectively with an interdisciplinary team and successfully employing informatics are critical elements to foster and achieve quality patient centered care and produce best outcomes. A solid educational base centers on the development of this knowledge and the implementation of these related skills. These will transfer from the academic setting and then can be applied from a novice level of knowledge and continue to advance with additional experiences and education.
Realistic, reliable and relevant education is achieved by implementing an advancing and integrated curriculum taught by those who engage the learner, their colleagues and others who can influence the successful outcome for those individuals pursuing a profession in nursing.
2007 Certified Nurse Educator
1999-2009 National Certification of School Nurses
1986 M.S. University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, Peoria
Masters in Public Health Nursing Major: Community Nurse Specialist
1983 B.S.N. University of Illinois at Chicago, Champaign, Illinois
1978 Diploma in Nursing St. Francis School of Nursing, Peoria, Illinois
Memberships / Affiliations / Awards:
National League of Nursing
1986 Sigma Theta Tau (nursing honor society) Alpha Lamda Chapter
1978 Honor Student awarded for Academic Excellence
Previous Professional Experience:
Certified School Nurse
Nurse Consultant for 0 to 3 Early Intervention Program
Consultant for Health Services Development for a community-based mental health care organization
Field Nurse and Office Co-Manager for home health care agency
Rotating Charge Nurse: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Staff Development for acute care medical center
Staff Nurse for Adult Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Services
Float Nurse for specialty areas in acute care setting