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LaTricia Perry, BSN Director

LaTricia Perry, BSN Director

"As a nurse, I recognize that when I work at the bedside with patients, I have the opportunity to touch lives on a small scale. As a nursing educator, I recognize that I have the opportunity to touch the lives of students who will then go out into the clinical setting and touch the lives of many."

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Degrees Held:

  • PhD in Leadership and Gerontology – Concordia University, Expected Completion Fall 2020
  • MSN Ed – University of Phoenix, 2010
  • BSN – Clarkson College, 1996
  • BS in Life Science – Kansas State University, 1994

Career Highlights:

  • 2015 NLN Hearst Foundations Excellence in Geriatric Education Award - October 2, 2015
  • Nevada State Higher Education (NSHE) Woman of Excellence – Spring 2015

Which classes do you teach online?

NURS 408 Conceptual Bases of Nursing; NURS 409 Theory of Caring Science; NURS 415 Bioethics & Health Informatics; NURS 431 Care of Aging Populations; NURS 437 Theory and Practice of Conscious Dying; NURS 461 Engaging in Leadership & Health Policy; NURS 463 Synthesis of Professional Nursing.

Why did you start teaching?

As a nurse, I recognize that when I work at the bedside with patients, I have the opportunity to touch lives on a small scale. As a nursing educator, I recognize that I have the opportunity to touch the lives of students who will then go out into the clinical setting and touch the lives of many. Ultimately, the number of people that I can reach as a nursing educator has been increased exponentially by sharing my knowledge, expertise and passion for the profession with students as an educator.

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

This online RN to BSN program offers you, the student, the opportunity to stretch and grow personally and professionally. Through self-reflection and exploration, this program will offer you the opportunity to truly understand what it means to CARE for patients and for yourself. In addition, this program will facilitate an understanding of how to carry Jean Watson's Theory of Human Caring into your personal and professional practices.

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

I have been blessed with an excellent nurse role model in my life – my mom. As I was growing up, I watched her navigate her many roles in life, as mother, wife, nurse, etc., and I recognized that she had passion for all roles. I wanted that, too. I wanted to be passionate about my profession and to be able to share that passion with others. I wanted to be able to touch lives. Nursing has afforded me that opportunity.

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