Health Sciences Institute
Faculty member since: 1984
Nursing and Human Needs
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Stockton State College
Master of Science in Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
What brought you to Brookdale?
As a nurse educator, you are sharing yourself with your students in the form of years of wisdom, practice, and advice that only you can testify to. And every time something is shared, there are also a lot of wonderful things to be gained. While learning comes in many forms, I think you learn the most by passing your knowledge and experience on to others. Being a nurse educator requires you to remain current in the practice of nursing and knowledgeable in the ever changing field of healthcare. After all, the most effective teachers are those who are always learning.
You’ll watch your students work tremendously hard and make sacrifices to become a nurse. You’ll also invest a great deal of time and energy in helping them succeed in the program. It is truly a rewarding experience to watch your students walk across the stage and receive their nursing degree. In some cases, you’ll feel as proud as a parent. More so, you’ll know that you are continuing a legacy of nurses who give and who care.
Describe one or more of your biggest achievements as a Brookdale faculty member:
My devotion to the classroom and teaching excellence; teaching in clinical, where we have opportunities to explore critical reasoning; mentoring faculty during their early, midlle, and late careers; student club advisement; developing lectures that meet all learning styles; and my nursing and college committee work. I have also received Brookdale’s Outstanding Faculty Award.
Do you work outside of the college?
I continue to practice, both in a private practice and with a mobile crisis unit.
What would you say is your most memorable moment – or moments – as a member of the Brookdale community?
Receiving the call that I was selected for the position; learning that my students have passed the National Boards; advocating on behalf of students and encouraging them to see their educating through; and participating in Brookdale Scholars Day.
What do you think separates Brookdale from other colleges?
The associate degree route to becoming an RN is a great option for nurses looking to gain access to competitive employers such as hospitals. Nurses who enter the field after two years of training gain invaluable, much sought-after experience. For many potential employers, nurses who have already had on-the-job training are more attractive than those only equipped with the basic education received in nursing school. Within this structure is the ability to work with a diverse student population-keeping cultural sensitivity at the forefront.