"The undergraduate degree opens such vast opportunities that enable you to enjoy the profession instead of becoming stagnant."
- MSN – Loyola University, New Orleans, 2006
- BSN – Northwestern State University, 1990
- AND – Louisiana State University at Alexandria, 1985
- Served on STTI, Nu Tau Chapter board since 2012
- Content Expert for ANCC Informatics Nurse
- Currently pursuing Ph.D. in Nursing with specialization in Education
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
Nursing Informatics and Nutrition.
Why did you start teaching?
The nursing population is aging and healthcare is changing. I wanted to help teach and train new nurses who will be taking our places someday.
What's the best advice that you have ever received?
"Don't make nurses work for the system; make the system work for the nurse."
What's your best advice for someone who is returning to finish an undergraduate degree?
The undergraduate degree opens such vast opportunities that enable you to enjoy the profession instead of becoming stagnant.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
The Inspired Nurse by Rich Bluni.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?
Compassion for individuals who need better healthcare, good communication skills, and the professional identity for wanting the profession to become the best for patient care quality and safety.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?
Nurse faculty shortage due to low incomes and no one interested in entering the profession. Many will be retiring with no new faculty to replace them.
How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?
The asynchronous environment will enable the nontraditional student to continue their education while working to support his/her household. Many of these individuals would never be able to further their education without the online environment.
What can earning a bachelor's degree do for a working nurse?
I've seen great opportunities happen for individuals after earning a bachelor's degree, including myself. I had always been interested in leadership; once I obtained my BSN, I was able to work in one of the top healthcare systems as a service line leader.