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Susan Growe, Assistant Professor

Susan Growe, Assistant Professor

"I achieved my BSN and never looked back until I achieved my terminal degree of a DNP. I am so proud to say that I am a Nursing Professor and am making a big difference in many of our graduates to continue on in their education, too."

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Degrees Held:

  • DNP – Touro University, 2014
  • MSN Ed - University of Phoenix, 2006
  • BSN - University of Phoenix, 2002
  • ADN - Community College of Southern Nevada, 1999

Career Highlights:

Honors and Awards:

  • iTeach for Teaching Excellence, 2009 & 2016
  • Certified Online Instructor, 2015
  • Nevada Nurses Association Director at Large, 2011-2014
  • Technology Fellow, 2009

Which classes do you teach online?

Conceptual Bases of Nursing

Why did you start teaching?

I started teaching in nursing as I was not happy with nurses not caring for their patients. I felt more nurses were doing tasks, rather than critical thinking. I wanted to make that change so nurses can still provide the care that is needed in caring for patients and not just tasks only.

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

The beauty of getting an RN to BSN all online is that you can do this at your pace. A BSN is so important in nursing and by having the flexibility of taking classes that fit your schedule, there seems to be no reason why you would not complete this program.

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

I have always wanted to be a nurse but never had the grades, so I never thought I could be a nurse. Once I started applying myself, I realized that I might be able to achieve my dream. I went back to school after I married my first husband. I achieved my dream of graduating with an associate's degree in nursing a week before my husband died. I was bullied while working the floor as my charge nurse thought because I had an ADN that I am a task nurse and gave me many patient assignments that were unsafe. I wanted to change this thought in the nursing world and continued on getting my degree. I achieved my BSN and never looked back until I achieved my terminal degree of a DNP. I am so proud to say that I am a Nursing Professor and am making a big difference in many of our graduates to continue on in their education, too.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson.

Tell us something your students may not know about you:

I love to listen to the Grateful Dead music and bird watch.

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