Dr. Molly Fitzke

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Dr. Molly Fitzke

Director of the Nursing Programs and Associate Professor of Nursing
mfitzke [at] NebrWesleyan.edu

Burt Hall-315

By appointment


(402) 465-2334

Dr. Molly Fitzke

With today’s complex health care system, nurses already work at a challenging pace to keep up with not only their patients, but continuing their own education. Whether that education supports their licensure or involve actively pursuing higher level education, the adult learner must be supported in a positive learning environment. As a nurse educator, I play a key role in promoting a stimulating environment for learning. A vast majority of my teaching experience has ensued non-traditional students, I have associated my teaching philosophy directly to Malcolm Knowles and the theory of Andragogy.

My goal as an educator is to enhance my adult learners to get them personally involved with their course content. The students must not only discuss what they are learning, but relate it to past experiences and apply it to their daily lives. Additionally, it is about engaging the student by utilizing numerous teaching strategies in one setting. The job of an educator creates a transformation of learning by sharing stories, reflection, games, and collaborative learning methods. These active teaching methods promote participation and learning for the students, which also integrates mutuality to everyone involved. According to Knowles (1997) adult learners are self-directed and motivated to learn, in addition to Knowles assertions, educators must not only maintain these characteristics but foster a strong relationship between student and faculty. Frequent student contact and involvement (especially online courses) is an impacting factor in retaining student motivation and participation.

Education is about communicating high expectations and extraordinary performance. As an educator, I expect more from my students and see the results of their perseverance and extra efforts. However, a key piece to teaching is valuing and acculturating each individual’s diverse talents and learning styles. One must be accepting and supportive of the students’ learning needs, while advocating a strong collegial work environment, and aligning with the organizational mission and philosophy statement.

My job as an educator is to connect with each student’s abilities and facilitate knowledge building, confidence, and the necessary framework to succeed.

A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Dr. Fitzke has lived in Nebraska for 11 years. She has over nine years of teaching experience in nursing education and over twenty years of clinical experience. Her nursing practice background includes medical-surgical, oncology, hospice, Intensive care, and trauma surgery-specializing in pediatrics and general surgery.

She is married to NWU alum, Dr. Greg Fitzke and they have three daughters: Keeley, Kennedy, and Delaney. Dr. Fitzke is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with her family.

Doctor of Education with Health Care Professionals, EdD
College of Saint Mary, Omaha, Nebraska
Dissertation: “Nurses’ Attitudes towards Sex Offenders.

Masters of Science Degree, Nursing, MSN
College of Saint Mary, Omaha, Nebraska
Thesis: “A Multifaceted Approach to Nursing Students Issues”

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, BSN
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

Diploma, Registered Nurse, RN
Bronson School of Nursing, Kalamazoo, MI.

Certificate, License Practical Nurse, LPN
Great Lakes Jr. College, Midland, MI

General Education
Delta College, Saginaw, Michigan
Great Lakes Jr. College, Saginaw, Michigan

Assessment (BSN)
Nursing research & EBP (BSN & MSN)
Community Health (BSN)
Professional Communication (BSN & MSN)
Teaching Strategies and Evaluation (MSN)
Innovative Technology (MSN)
Nursing Theory (BSN & MSN)
Assessment & Evaluation Techniques (MSN)
Curriculum Design (MSN)
Program Planning (MSN)
Doctoral Committee

Varies every eight weeks.

2013 (July) Nurse Advisor Magazine
Topic: The Art of Mentoring: Pass it on

Published Web Quests
Community Health Nursing, “Community Health Nursing History”

Community Health Nursing, “Community Nurses are Effective Educators”

Research, “Conceptualizing Research Problems, Research Questions, and Hypotheses in the Nursing Research Report”

Professional Closeness: A Tribute to Dr. Hildegard Peplau, EdD, RN

*Medical Mission trips

*Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE

Professional and community affiliations
*2013-2014-Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing
Nu Rho Chapter Board Member, President-Elect

*International Nurses Association

*National League for Nursing (NLN)

*Nebraska Nurse Association

*Lincoln Medical Alliance Chapter

*Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Research Committee (3-year appointed member)

*Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Shared Nursing Leadership Committee Member
-Developed research criteria based on Magnet Status hospitals.

•Quality Matter (QM) Certified Peer Reviewer, 2013
•Quality Matter (QM) Applying Rubric Certification, 2012
•ACEN Site Evaluator position
•Grant Writing Workshop Certificate, 2011
•Basic Life Support, 2014
•Advanced Life Support, 2014

Honors and awards
•Selected to teach a MSN Nursing Theory course in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (February 25-March 10th, 2013).

•Selected to participate in the NLN LEAD Cohort Program, 2012-2013
A year-long program, twenty peers nationwide were selected to examine the leadership process, focusing on strategic planning, building teams, and financial management

•Selected for Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing
Nu Rho Chapter “Nursing Excellence” Award in April, 2013.

*The International Nurses Association
Top Nurse Educator in Nebraska Award, 2013

•Honorable Mention Recipient, 2013, “Best Nurses in Nebraska”
Lincoln Journal Star.

•A Nebraska Nurse Hero and Mentor” Award by Nebraska Nurses Association, 2013.

•Selected for the “40 under 40” top Nurse Leaders in Nebraska
Nebraska Action Coalition in September, 2012