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Dr. Sherrilyn Coffman, Professor

Dr. Sherrilyn Coffman, Professor

"I enjoy working with others. I care deeply about others' well-being and their ability to reach their potential. I am fascinated by biology, psychology, and other topics that are the knowledge base of nursing."

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Degrees Held:

  • PhD – Indiana University, 1982
  • MSN – Indiana University, 1971
  • BSN – Indiana University, 1968

Career Highlights:

Honors and Awards:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, HealthCare Headliners, Vegas, Inc., 2016
  • March of Dimes Nurse of the Year, Runner Up Award for Education, November 2014
  • Vegas INC Healthcare Headliners Award for Education, May 2012
  • Nevada State College iTEACH Award for Economic Development, Spring 2012
  • Nevada State College iTEACH Award for Teaching Excellence, Spring 2010

Publications:

Book Chapters

  • Coffman, S. (2015). Caring, the essence of nursing. In Berman, A., Snyder, S., Kozier, B., & Erb, G., (eds.), Fundamentals of nursing: Concepts, process, and practice(10th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Coffman, S. (2014). Marilyn A. Ray: The Theory of Bureaucratic Caring. Chapter 8 (pp. 98-119) in M. Alligood & A. M. Tomey, Nursing theorists and their work, 8th Ed. St. Louis: Mosby.

Refereed Journals

  • Coffman, S. (2016). Faculty experiences teaching caring in the simulation lab. Submitted to the International Journal for Human Caring. Publication 12/16.
  • Coffman, S., Llasus, L., & Doolen, J. (2015). Program development and evaluation of the concierge model of simulation, Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 19(2), e1-12.

Which classes do you teach online?

NURS 409 Theory of Caring Science; NURS 451 Scholarly Inquiry of Nursing; NURS 463 Synthesis of Professional Nursing; NURS 408 Conceptual Bases of Nursing.

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

I hope students learn new knowledge and skills, and open their minds to new possibilities.

What is the value of a BSN?

The BSN expands [students'] understanding of the discipline of nursing, especially in the areas of leadership, research, evidence-based practice, and community healthcare.

Why did you start teaching?

I love exploring new knowledge and sharing new ideas with others. I enjoy seeing students grow and develop.

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

Select a pace that will allow you time to study and really learn from your courses.

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

I enjoy working with others. I care deeply about others' well-being and their ability to reach their potential. I am fascinated by biology, psychology, and other topics that are the knowledge base of nursing.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

The ability to truly care for others. This involves the desire to develop oneself as an instrument of caring for others.

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

The high acuity of hospitalized and home care patients today challenges nurses to use new technologies and support patients and families at a higher level. These factors create new ethical dilemmas.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

The Shift by Theresa Brown.

Tell us something your students may not know about you:

The thing I like most of all about Nevada is the mountains. My favorite vacation is camping in a tent at the top of Mt. Charleston.

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