"Going back to finish my BSN (after 18 years as an ADN) changed the trajectory of my career in a really positive way. We NEED ADNs to go back to school so they can offer their valuable experiences and unique voices to the profession of nursing."
I am first author on “Speaking up Behaviors (safety voices) of healthcare workers: A metasynthesis of quantitative research studies” in the “International Journal of Nursing Studies,” December 2016. This is significant to me because IJNS is a highly cited, international, and somewhat difficult journal to get published in, and my article introduced the concept of “safety voice” into the healthcare literature.
What do you want students to take away from your classes? What do you want them to learn?
I want them to know that they matter as much as the patients in their care and that they don’t have to achieve perfection to be caring, compassionate, really wonderful nurses.
What is the value of a BSN?
The ability to advocate for the profession of nursing as well as for those in our care.
You have more career flexibility and lots of options—you can go for almost any graduate degree when you finish.
Why did you start teaching?
I planned to be a hospital clinical educator but fell in love with undergraduate nursing students. They remind me of why I became a nurse and are the most intelligent, well-rounded, caring individuals in the world–our hope for the future.
Also, I wanted to play a small role in preparing nurses to succeed for the long-term.
What advice would you give to nurses considering the online RN to BSN track?
Do it—going back to finish my BSN (after 18 years as an ADN) changed the trajectory of my career in a really positive way. We NEED ADNs to go back to school so they can offer their valuable experiences and unique voices to the profession of nursing. As a night shift nurse not that long ago, I never could have imagined publishing or teaching but it IS possible, and it’s fun too!
Print out a course calendar and stay on schedule!
Why are you interested in nursing? What drew you to this field?
I liked working with people and wanted a stable, flexible career. I wanted to help people and travel–I’ve done a lot of both in nursing!
What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?
Flexibility, detail oriented, organization skills, and self-confidence/self-love. Not necessarily in that order.
Adaptability, confidence, and emotional maturity.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?
Owning their practice in the bio-medically dominant healthcare systems of today. We need to take ownership of our profession.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
"One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters" by Larry Dossey, M.D.
Tell us something your students may not know about you:
I once climbed a mountain in Norway in a skirt.
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