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Linda Jacobson, Lecturer

Linda Jacobson, Lecturer

"As a facilitator of learning, it is my responsibility to see that the student walks away with the motivation for success, life time learning and accomplishing their own self-satisfying goals."

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Degrees Held:

  • Public Health Nurse – 2009
  • Certified Online Instructor – 2009
  • MSN – St. Joseph's College – 2004
  • BSN – Graceland College

Career Highlights:

Poster presentations:

  • 2009 Collaboration in RN to BSN Education – Mosby Faculty Development Institute
  • 2010 Hospice as a Creative Clinical Experience for BSN Students – Nurse Educator Institute
  • 2011 Reviewed Leadership and Management Tools for the New Nurse Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
  • 2013 Poster presentation with Dr. Amy Chaffin: Creating an Online Community for RN to BSN Students at Mosby Faculty Development Institute
  • Co-authored article with Dr. Amy Chaffin: Creating an Online Community for RN to BSN Student submitted to the Journal of Online Teaching and Learning, February 2013
  • 2014 The Challenge of Implementing the AACN's Expectations for Practice Experiences in the RN to BSN Curriculum
  • 2015 Evaluation of "Orientation to Online Learning Tools for Success: Helping RN to BSN Students Succeed in Online Courses," Mosby Faculty Development Institute
  • 2015 Creating an Online Community for RN-BSN Students, article submitted to the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, October 2015
  • 2015 "Fifty years in nursing," Nevada RNformation, July 2015

Career background includes Surgical Intensive Care, Coronary Intensive Care, Emergency Room, Hemodialysis, Home Health and Hospice. Started a Hospice agency in Arizona and home health agency in Henderson, Nevada.

Which classes do you teach online?

NURS 408 Conceptual Bases of Nursing; NURS 431 Care of Aging Populations; NURS 461 Engaging in Leadership & Health Policy; NURS 462 Caring in Nursing Communities; NURS 463 Synthesis of Professional Nursing, NURS 310 Cultural Diversity in Health Care, Civility, Bullying and Lateral Violence in Nursing Today (RN to BSN)

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

As a facilitator of learning, it is my responsibility to see that the student walks away with the motivation for success, life time learning and accomplishing their own self-satisfying goals -- to know what it means to have professionalism, have a positive learning experience and to be an active participant in the learning process.

What is the value of a BSN?

A BSN degree takes a tasks- and skills-orientated nurse and converts this nurse into a leader of nursing and safe patient care. To understand the qualities of a leader, to influence others, to be involved with quality improvement and to support change for the good of the patient, families, communities and populations.

Why did you start teaching?

I wanted to be part of the future of nursing and these future nurses' education and to ensure a positive learning experience, and to be supportive and encouraging.

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

Be sure that the program they choose will fit their personal needs when it comes to family and working. That the program will allow you to set your own pace if necessary, and they are accredited and have a qualified and dedicated faculty.

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

You are asking something that happened a long time ago. I always wanted to be nurse since I was a child. I have never been sorry for my chosen career. I wanted to be a part in the future of nurses.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

The qualities that would make someone successful in nursing would be a love for caring for others, the ability to accept the challenges and opportunities nursing offers, motivation to work, service to others, and the desire to improve health and well-being of their clients/patients and their families and the society as a whole.

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

The biggest challenges I see nurses today are facing is the shortage of nurses, our aging population, healthcare being a business and a for profit enterprise, insurance companies strong hold on healthcare and lack of nurse to patient ratios in most states.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

The 24th Alex Cross book by James Patterson.

Tell us something your students may not know about you:

I love dogs and have four Shih Tzus. I like movies, I am Star Wars fan, and I love teaching. This is the best job I ever had; I like developing new courses, Iook forward to coming to work, and I love teaching the RN to BSN students, for I, too, was an RN to BSN student.

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