What is your favorite quote?I like to use the quote “I didn’t say it was going to be easy, but it will be worth it.” The interaction and opportunity that we as nurses have in helping humans at times of illness and uncertainty is definitely worth it.
What is one thing most people would be surprised to find out about you?Nursing was not my first college degree. I also have a Bachelors of Arts in music and was a music teacher.
If you weren’t a professor, what job would you have?I would do something at Disney World. Why wouldn’t anyone want to work at the happiest place on earth?
What is one thing you want to do or a place you’d like to visit?I have always wanted to go snorkeling in Bora Bora.
What is your favorite movie?There are too many favorites to name only one, therefore, my top three are Christmas Vacation, Home Alone and Remember the Titans.
What are your hobbies and interests?My hobbies and interests are running and spending time with my family. I enjoy going to the beach and just relaxing with my family. I find very few things better than the sun, sand and “fam.”
University Faculty Spotlight:
Title: Assistant Professor of Nursing
Why I Chose My Career
I have always enjoyed science and learning about the human body. I wanted a career in the sciences that would allow me the flexibility and various opportunities within that career. Nursing does just that; as a nurse you have the opportunity to be a nurse educator, work in research, work clinically or in administration; and the list goes on.
It’s hard to single out one moment, there are so many great ones. However, as a nurse educator my proudest moments are when I experience the “ah-ha” moments and the “light bulbs” click on as students connect classroom content to clinical concepts and application. This is a great feeling!
I really believe you can make learning fun while maintaining the integrity of the content. I like to engage the students in active participation in what you could say are non-conventional ways; this keeps learning interesting. For example, in the past I have had students play Jeopardy, Just Dance, sing the pathway of blood flow through the heart and have a paper snowball fight in class with paper that they had written a concept from class on that they were confused about. I want to make learning fun and involve every learner so that they will retain the information. I have learned students remember the material better the more they participate and the crazier you present it.
Favorite Part of My Job
Absolutely 100% hands down the students! I love being an educator. I enjoy being able to invest the knowledge that I have gained from my experiences and mentors in the students – our future nurses.
I believe the UMU educational experience is unique in that the faculty genuinely want to see each student succeed in their educational endeavors. Consequently, faculty members take time to get to know the students to help facilitate individual success. This is something that is not common on other campuses.
UMU prepares students for life after college via the outstanding faculty that teach in the classroom, support and interaction from administration and staff, campus service, various community outreach opportunities, internships and a sound curriculum that is multifaceted.
Nursing is a great major as it allows many opportunities within the profession that do not require a separate degree. This allows a nurse to explore various caveats of nursing to find what he/she likes. Additionally, there is an ongoing nursing shortage. We have plenty job opportunities, we make good money and there is plenty of flexibility in the profession. The question is – why not nursing?