UT Arlington Faculty
Clinical Assistant Professor
"I enjoy taking care of people and helping families as a nurse. I enjoy teaching and working with students to help them accumulate knowledge that will support their nursing practice."
- M.S. in Psychology – Houston Baptist, 1991
- BSN – Texas Christian University, 1997
- B.S. in Psychology – Texas Christian University, 1989
I have 18 years of nursing experience in critical care, heart cath/EP lab, and nursing staff development/academic instructor. I have worked for UTA for the past five years teaching in the undergraduate BSN and RN to BSN programs. I teach pathophysiology and nursing research/evidence-based practice courses that are foundational for nursing practice. I also work with Senior One students in the hospital as a clinical instructor in critical care. I am certified in critical care nursing, staff development, and as an academic nurse educator. I am currently working on a Ph.D. with a dissertation that focuses on the transition nurses face in their first year of practice.
In which online programs do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
Pathophysiology, Nursing Research.
Why did you start teaching?
I enjoyed explaining concepts and skills to others when I worked as a nurse providing patient care. It was a natural transition to do it in small groups when I became a staff developer in the hospital and then as a clinical instructor in the academic setting.
What's the best advice that you have ever received?
“Promise me you’ll always remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
Why are you interested in nursing? What drew you to this field?
My mother was a diploma nurse and my father was a medical technician in the Air Force. I enjoyed working in behavioral health, and obtaining a nursing degree was a natural extension of my career field. I enjoy taking care of people and helping families as a nurse. I enjoy teaching and working with students to help them accumulate knowledge that will support their nursing practice. Nursing is a wonderful career because you can work in so many diverse areas of health care and because it is so flexible.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
The Harry Potter series (seriously).
What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?
Being organized, thorough assessment skills, good listening skills, clinical reasoning, willingness to be compassionate toward others, dedicated to excellence... and, oh yes, a small touch of ADD/ADHD is probably helpful.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?
Balancing time management with patient care needs and required administrative or patient satisfaction tasks. In addition, new knowledge becomes available constantly, and a good nurse works to incorporate that into one's practice. It's hard to juggle it all.
What do you want students to take away from your classes?
A practical and useful set of knowledge and clinical reasoning skills in pathophysiology and/or research/evidence based practice that they can apply in nursing school and in their practice at the bedside.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that you students may not know.
I am a first generation college student and I believe that education is the key to one's future. In addition, I have three children, the first of whom is headed to college at UTA this fall. Go, Mavs!