I have been a nurse for over 20 years. I feel nursing is the greatest profession on earth. I started nursing in the Critical Care setting in 1997. My areas have included: ICU, Open Heart Recovery Room, Disease Management, Cardiac Rehab and the Progressive Care Unit. I started teaching nursing students in 2010. By 2012 I had received my MSN with an emphasis in Education. I also like to work in the Community. I worked with the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Department of Health and lead the development of The Arizona Resource Guide to Managing Food Allergies in Arizona Schools. This allowed me to speak at many conferences and schools across the State in regards to this important issue.
M.S.N. Nursing - Education
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia
B.A. Human Services w/minor in Psychology
Mercer Univeristy, Macon, Georgia
Faculty, Clinical Instructor, Univeristy of Arizona (2015 - Ongoing)
Staff RN, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center (2014 - 2016)
Adjunct Faculty, Grand Canyon University (2014 - 2015)
Cardiac Rehab, RN, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center (2011 - 2014)
Faculty, Gateway Community College (2010 - 2015)
President & Co-Founder, Phoenix Allergy Network, LLC (2005 - Ongoing)
ICU/CCU, RN, Desert Samaritan Medical Center (1997 - 2000)
Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship
University of Arizona College of Nursing, Summer 2017
Licensure & Certification
Basic Life Support (BLS), American Red Cross (2015)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), American Heart Association (2015)
Registered Nurse, Arizona State Board of Nursing (1997)
I enjoy developing and implementing teaching modules that bring real world practice into the classroom.
In 2017, I was a fellow in The University of Arizona's Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship. My area of interest in nursing research stems from this opportunity and is in Integrative Nursing (IN). I believe IN is foundational to the art of nursing. I have been incorporating Integrative Nursing Principles into the content of nursing courses. In addition, I have created modules for our CON clinical courses that incorporate Integrative Nursing Principles and self-care strategies. I feel strongly that incorporating these principles into our curriculum will make for better nurses and facilitate better patient outcomes. Nursing is at a crossroads, on one hand we have a nursing shortage and on the other we have nurses rapidly leaving the bedside within the first few years of being at the bedside. I would like to see if adding the IN principles to our curriculum with the addition of self-care would reduce burnout and/or compassion fatigue for new graduate nurses. In addition, allow them to not only stay at the bedside longer but also still have the passion for nursing that drew them to the profession to begin with.