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Dr. Douglas M. Turner, Dean and Professor

"Just do it! The sooner you begin, the sooner you finish. I have never talked with a nurse who was sorry they continued their education. The BSN degree opens doors you don't even realize exist. One of those doors is a pathway to graduate education and all the opportunities it provides."

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Degrees Held:

  • DNP in Healthcare Systems Leadership – Chamberlin College of Nursing, 2015.
  • Ph.D. in International Health with a focus in Education – Touro University International, 2003.
  • MSN in Anesthesia – University of North Carolina Greensboro, 1992.
  • MSN in Critical Care – University of Virginia, 1990.
  • BSN – University of the State of New York at Albany, 1989.
  • ADN – Wytheville Community College, 1985.

Career Highlights:

  • Developed, taught, and led associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs at public, non-profit, and for-profit institutions.
  • Dean and full professor with tenure. Have held coordinator, chair, director, and dean positions at multiple institutions.
  • Practice experience includes mental health, medical-surgical, and critical-care nursing.
  • Advanced practice roles include pulmonary clinical nurse specialist and nurse anesthetist.

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

Each student brings knowledge, skills, and attitude to every class, but the goal is to challenge them to continue to grow and develop as a professional nurse. I strive to help students acknowledge that there is much more to higher education than learning content. Successful education challenges the way the student thinks, their views of the world around them, and fundamentally changes how they interact with society.

What is the value of a BSN?

The BSN degree expands the worldview of nursing and helps students value the concept of higher education beyond the associate degree. Students leave the program with a stronger grasp of professional concepts and a greater appreciation for the impact that nursing has on healthcare at the micro, meso, and macro system levels

Why did you start teaching?

My love for education started years before I began elementary school. Teaching challenges you to expand your view of the world and to question if there is a better way to accomplish things. In the process, you learn how to become a better person and how to care for yourself, others, and the world we live in.

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

Just do it! The sooner you begin, the sooner you finish. I have never talked with a nurse who was sorry they continued their education. The BSN degree opens doors you don’t even realize exist. One of those doors is a pathway to graduate education and all the opportunities it provides.

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

Nursing is a way to give to others. It’s a noble profession that has been honored as the most trusted profession in America for years. Why? Because nursing pushes you to be the best person you can be. It also provides an opportunity for you to help those who are the most vulnerable. Caring is both an art and a science, and we need more people that care!

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

An attention to detail helps, but the most valuable traits are a sense of accountability and responsibility. Patients trust that the nurse will maintain confidentiality, treat them with respect at all times, advocate for their health and wellness, and protect them from harm. In order to achieve these goals, the nurse must strive for perfection while acknowledging that we are all human.

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

The fast-paced healthcare system is ever-changing, and nurses must commit to lifelong learning in order to stay abreast of the best and current information. Becoming an evidence-based practitioner means the nurse must constantly learn and evolve in order to provide the highest level of care possible.

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