Pamela Call, Lecturer
"Teaching was a natural way to blend my talents and share my knowledge. After many years of direct patient care, I saw a need to educate and help entry level nurses become excellent practitioners."
- Post Master's Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner – University of Nevada at Reno, 2016
- MSN with Nursing Education focus – Tuoro University, 2011
- BA in Environmental Studies – University of California at Santa Cruz, 1989
- Diploma – LA County University of Southern California School of Nursing , 1985
With over 30 years of nursing experience, I can relate to the rewards and challenges of nurses at the bedside. I trained at Los Angeles County emergency room, one of the largest and most esteemed public trauma centers in the country. During this time, I cared for multitudes of young AIDS patients when not much was known about this disease. Because of this experience, I developed a passion for treating marginalized and minority populations.
A career highlight was a medical mission to Belize, where I, along with other nurses and doctors, rendered care to villagers in remote rural areas. I teach several courses Nevada State College including Pathophysiology, Cultural Diversity and Acute Care Nursing.
One of my most notable teaching experiences was leading Nevada State College students on a Spanish immersion course to Guadalajara, Mexico. Here, I supervised students staying with families while taking courses at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara.
I graduated cum laude with my advanced practitioner certificate from University of Nevada at Reno.
In addition to teaching, I treat minority populations at a busy urgent care in the heart of Las Vegas.
My future plans include receiving my End of Life Doula Certificate. Having had direct experience with dying patients, I believe the dying process should be improved and approached with the same intimacy and autonomy recognized during the birthing process.
I have held several offices at Nevada State including; Faculty Senate Secretary, Faculty Affairs Chairperson, and Student Affairs Chairperson. In addition, I was recognized with a Technology Fellows Award for development of a Supercourse at Nevada State College.
Memberships include Sigma Theta Tau International, Nevada Nurse Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Nevada Association or Nurse Practitioners, and the Emergency Nurse Association.
Which classes do you teach online?
NURS 408 Conceptual Bases of Nursing; NURS 366 Nursing in the Global Environment; NURS 411 Holistic Health Assessment; NURS 437 Theory and Practice of Conscious Dying; NURS 463 Synthesis of Professional Nursing.
What do you want students to take away from your classes? What do you want them to learn?
I believe nurses should come away from my courses knowing that they can and do make a difference in patient outcomes. I want nurses to understand the importance in advocating for patients, especially those who may not have a voice. Most importantly, I would like to reignite a passion for nursing through reminding working nurses of why they went into nursing in the first place.
What is the value of a BSN?
A Bachelor's of Science in Nursing will better prepare you for the ever changing demands in the nursing field. By building upon your education, you not only will improve patient outcomes, but your own career will become more satisfying and interesting. You'll likely hunger to advance your education to a higher level! The nursing field has many attainable opportunities for life-long learning.
Why did you start teaching?
Teaching was a natural way to blend my talents and share my knowledge. After many years of direct patient care, I saw a need to educate and help entry level nurses become excellent practitioners. My passion is to improve the state of healthcare in this community. I believe Nevada State College School of Nursing shares a common goal to graduate outstanding nurses who will improve patient outcomes through caring, evidenced based care.
What advice would you give to nurses considering the online RN to BSN track?
Just do it. It is never too late to continue your education. Once you advance your degree, you will have improved confidence and many more opportunities in front of you!
Why are you interested in nursing? What drew you to this field?
My mother was a nursing instructor way back when women were not encouraged to go to college. I remember her passion and excitement when talking about nursing. As I approached my early twenties, I tried different careers and felt confused about what I wanted to do with my life. I investigated nursing and found it was a perfect fit. For me, caring for people is extremely gratifying.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?
Caring, passion, energy and an inquisitive nature are qualities that will promote success.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?
Safe nurse to patient ratios.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
Tell us something your students may not know about you:
Fresh out of college, after my first degree, I worked as a Ranger Aide in the California State Park System.