“I wanted to be that nursing instructor who opens the student’s eyes to the wonders of
caring for others and the fulfillment that comes with it. I feel fortunate that I made that decision.”
What trends do you see emerging in clinical simulation?
Simulation has become common practice for many nursing programs — if they don’t
use simulation now, they will in some form soon. Clinical sites are difficult to find, and
personnel costs can be substantial. Currently, simulation looks very similar across most programs: manikins, simulators, cabinets, med-carts, academic electronic health records (EHR) and other technology are certainly helpful, but can be costly for a program to
purchase and maintain. As clinical simulation matures, more products will be developed
to meet the needs of programs in a more cost-effective way.
What has been the most impactful moment in your career as a nurse?
Nursing has provided me with quite a career journey. I have fulfilled every one of my
dreams, from obstetrics nurse to nurse educator. After 15 years of nursing education
and eight years of EHR training, I brought all my years of nursing experience full circle
when I developed my academic EHR business. Being able to pass my knowledge
on to new instructors has impacted me in a way I could never have imagined.
What is the biggest misconception of being a nurse?
Many people believe that nursing is limited to the old stereotype of “vital signs, baths
and bedpans.” Nursing is such a diverse career, and the opportunities are limitless.
Working at different clinical facilities, with various patients, in administration, or as an instructor — being a nurse is much more than the stereotype suggests.
What is your advice for someone considering entering the field?
Go for it! Although the nursing education requirements can seem rugged, the
rewards are amazing. Even if floor nursing is not for you, the opportunities
offered in health care for anyone with a nursing degree are diverse and plentiful.
Focus on developing your critical thinking skills, and you'll find success in any
path you choose.
What made you decide to become a nurse?
For the same reason many of us entered a career in nursing — I wanted to help
people. I wanted to be that obstetrics nurse that could make a difference in a
woman’s life during labor, no matter what the outcome. I wanted to be that nursing instructor who opens the student’s eyes to the wonders of caring for others and the fulfillment that comes with it. I feel fortunate that I made that decision.
What is your favorite part of the day?
I am quite a way into my career, and I no longer work with patients. I founded
an academic EHR business that allows me to work with nursing instructors in
classroom, lab, clinical and simulation lab settings. I love working with faculty
to enhance student’s critical thinking skills and help prepare them for real world
interactions with patients and technology.