Areas of expertise/Research interests: Specialty areas: medical surgical nursing, adult critical care nursing, pediatric cardiac intensive care nursing, and cardiovascular and pulmonary nursing. Areas of interest: using human patient simulation (mechanical simulators) for application of nursing care in nursing education
What do you like most about Penn State Fayette students? What I like most about Penn State Fayette students is that they are intelligent, hard-working, and want to be involved in service learning activities that benefit the community. Penn State Fayette students give 110 percent and earn their degree.
What inspires students the most in you classes and/or your academic area? What inspires students to become nurses is the desire to make a positive difference in the life of an individual who needs help. Students who enter nursing are very compassionate and caring.
What is your favorite class project, and why? My favorite class project is having students participate in experiential learning in the simulation lab. The simulation lab offers a safe environment for nursing students to practice caring for patients. Students are able to reflect on their actions in debriefing. Students really enjoy this learning activity.
What kinds of unique opportunities are available to students in your classes or department? Students are engaged in learning in my classes. After 22 years of practicing critical care nursing, I have wealth of stories that I like to share. I incorporate case scenarios and “clicker questions” into lecture. Another unique opportunity for the nursing students is clinical education at a local hospital. In clinical education, nursing students practice the skills on patients that they have learned in lab. This is a win-win situation for both students and patients.
What is your favorite quote? “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”—Khalil Gibran