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Dr. Cecelia Fernan, Assistant Professor

Dr. Cecelia Fernan, Assistant Professor

"I started teaching because I wanted to share my knowledge and experience with others. I always feel the excitement and joy when I am able to help others understand or learn something. Knowledge is power. It is the best thing to give to someone."

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Degrees Held:

  • Doctor of Education – Benedictine University, 2015
  • MSN – University of Phoenix, 2005
  • BSN – University of San Carlos, 1987
  • BS in Biology – University of San Carlos, 1982

Career Highlights:

  • The Daisy Award Recipient for Extraordinary Nurses (2015) from the United States Naval Hospital- Okinawa, Japan
  • Founding President of the Philippine Nurses Association of America-Orange County CA (2014)
  • Nursing Curriculum Committee Chair - West Coast University
  • NCC Certified for Maternal Newborn Nursing & Obstetrics
  • Clinical Education Manager – West Coast University
  • Assistant Department Manager – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center- Irvine, CA

Which classes do you teach online?

NURS 408 Conceptual Bases of Nursing; NURS 415 Bioethics & Health Informatics; NURS 451 Scholarly Inquiry of Nursing (WI); NURS 461 Engaging in Leadership & Health Policy; NURS 463 Synthesis of Professional Nursing.

What do you want students to take away from your classes? What do you want them to learn?

My classroom is typically "busy" because students are expected to participate in the learning process and to interact with other students. I want my students to learn how to express themselves professionally, treat others with respect, behave ethically in their practice, demonstrate a caring attitude towards others, learn to think for themselves, and embrace lifelong learning. I think that's what education is all about.

What is the value of a BSN?

A BSN degree is proven to enhance the knowledge and competencies of nurses to be better prepared for the challenges of 21st century nursing. Baccalaureate-prepared nurses are well-equipped to be critical thinkers, nurse leaders, healthcare innovators, and advanced-practice nurses.

Why did you start teaching?

I started teaching because I wanted to share my knowledge and experience with others. I always feel the excitement and joy when I am able to help others understand or learn something. Knowledge is power. It is the best thing to give to someone.

What advice would you give to nurses considering the online RN to BSN program?

To be successful in an online program, create a schedule, prioritize, and stay organized. And of course, make sure you have a reliable computer and internet provider.

Why are you interested in nursing? What drew you to this field?

I always wanted to be the one taking care of others and providing the lead. As a little girl, I always played the role of the nurse or teacher. I guess it's because I care about others and I can't stand not doing anything when someone needs help.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

Nurses, aside from being perceptive, should be caring and industrious. They must be tireless advocates and champions for their patients, and innovators for better patient care.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?

The emphasis on technology can sometimes make nursing become impersonal, distant, and cold.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

The Tipping Point by Gladwell.

Tell us something your students may not know about you:

I can't think of anything – except that I have a dog, Ben, who I love so much!

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