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June Eastridge, Lecturer

June Eastridge, Lecturer

"Nursing is such a wonderful mix of social interaction and science. This combination, with opportunities to truly help people, was what drew me."

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Degrees Held:

  • Doctor of Education (Candidate) – Concordia University, Expected Completion 2018
  • MSN in Education – University of New Mexico, 2009
  • BSN – University of New Mexico, 2000
  • ASN – Blue Mountain Community College, 1990

Career Highlights:

  • Nursing experience centered on Critical Care and Emergency Nursing
  • Research into use of group testing.
  • Poster presenter, Boot Camp for Nurse Educators, July, 2011, Use of Group Testing to Increase Minority Nursing Student Success
  • Published 'Use of Collaborative Testing to Promote Nursing Student Success' in January, 2014, Nurse Educator
  • Leader in curriculum development, curriculum committee chair at University of New Mexico and Nevada State College.
  • Leader in accreditation preparation and writing of accreditation self-study, University of New Mexico
  • Received clinical excellence award from University of New Mexico, 2000, 2009
  • Received Faculty Senate awards for scholarly work and research, University of New Mexico, 2013

Which classes do you teach online?

NURS 408 Conceptual Bases of Nursing; NURS 461 Engaging in Leadership & Health Policy; NURS 463 Synthesis of Professional Nursing.

Why did you start teaching?

I have always been involved with mentoring new nurses in the clinical setting. When the director of the University of New Mexico-Gallup nursing program approached me with the offer of a teaching position, it seemed like a natural progression. There is a great need for skilled, caring nursing professionals and I knew I could positively impact filling that need.

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

Make time in your life for school before you start. Once you have blocks of time set aside, treat it like a work schedule. It is not optional. Get started, work at it every day, and before you realize, you will be done.

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

Nursing is such a wonderful mix of social interaction and science. This combination, with opportunities to truly help people, was what drew me.

Tell us something your students may not know about you:

I love spending time outdoors with my family: gardening, swimming, hiking, and boating. I am also a musician, and began playing the piano at age five. I include music in everything I do in one way or another.

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