I wanted to be a nurse from the age of 4. My grandmother was a nurse in the depression era and told me fascinating stories. I also had several medical issues throughout my life and knew if I became a nurse I could improve patient experience. I graduated from the UofA college of Nursing in 1986. I began working at El Dorado hospital in 1986 on a oncology unit. I became charge nurse in three months time. When our hospital closed in 2006 I was a nursing supervisor for the hospital. During my time at El Dorado, I worked on telemetry and med surg. I also performed home health visits to medicare patients and worked in an oncology office. I also began teaching part time for Pima Community College (PCC). At PCC I taught several first semester skills labs and a clinical rotation which was half long term care and an introduction into acute care at the hospital. After El Dorado closed I worked for Maxum agency and worked several facilities in town. I then accepted a position as house supervisor at Saint Joseph hospital November of 2007. I thrived in this role and realized I loved mentoring and educating others. I decided to go back to school after 25 years of nursing and obtained my masters in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University May of 2013. I applied to the UofA nursing college in hopes of teaching for my alma mater and was hired. I currently teach in second semester in the BSN program, in the summers for the MPEN program and work in the Steele Simulation lab.
M.S.N. Nursing Education
Grand Canyon University, Arizona
Would the increasing of simulation time in nursing education turn out more competent, confident nurses?
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Clinical Instructor, University of Arizona (2013 - Ongoing)
Nursing Supervisor, Carondelet Saint Josephs Hospital (2007 - 2016)
Nursing Instructor, Pima Community College (2006 - 2012)
Agency Nurse, Maxum Nursing Agency (2006 - 2007)
Nursing Supervisor, El Dorado Hospital (1986 - 2006)
Licensure & Certification
ACLS Certification, American Heart Association (2016)
Registered Nurse, Arizona State Board of Nursing (1986)
Use of more simulation to enhance student learning.