My vocation in nursing began at D'Youville College, in Buffalo, NY, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. I was fortunate to be mentored by excellent, caring nursing faculty as I launched my career. I continued my education at the University of Rochester (NY) School of Nursing, where I obtained a master's degree in Women's Health Nursing. My clinical practice has consisted of Maternal-Newborn Nursing, and later, Home Health, Hospice, and Elder Care. I earned my PhD in nursing education from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in 2013. I have over 15 years experience teaching in both community college and BSN nursing programs (undergraduate and graduate level).
My research focus has been on improving learning outcomes using simulation; specifically, development of best practices by faculty to maximize student learning outcomes. I am passionate about nursing education and love working with students as they work toward their own professional goals.
Current course assignments include:
NURS 2100 Pharmacology I
NURS 2110 Pharmacology II
NURS 2710 Pathophysiology
NURS 4970 Nursing Internship
Simulation based learning; Curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation.
I serve as a board member of the Nebraska Center for Nursing and Finance Committee member for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation Learning (INACSL). I have recently served as a member of the Midwest Nursing Research Society's program planning committee and chair of the membership committee.
Certified Nurse Educator through the National League for Nursing
Member, Sigma Theta Tau
Member, American Nurse's Association and Nebraska Nurse's Association
2018 Donna Westmoreland Faculty Mentoring Award (UNMC)
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Certification
Reviewer Quality Award from the Clinical Simulation in Nursing Journal
2015 E-Learning Educator Award
2009 US Bank Award for Excellence