My philosophy of education is to create an environment of approachability as an instructor. I strive to facilitate student learning through classroom and clinical experiences where learning is a process. I hope to model professional behaviors of which I expect in my students as well. These behaviors include respect for one another, accountability for one’s actions, and responsibility as a learner and care provider. My goals in the classroom and clinical setting are to empower students to critically think, enable independence, and embody compassion in their work.
I graduated from Marquette University with a BSN in 1984, and University of Pennsylvania with an MSN as a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1989, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from WCU in August 2018. I have over 35 years of experience in Labor & Delivery, NICU, antenatal, and postpartum nursing. I am a Certified Nurse Educator since 2013.
Courses taught at WCU include: Maternal-Child health Nursing and Special Topics in Nursing: Global Health in South Africa
My publications and interests include psychosocial determinants of maternal and infant health, global issues for maternal child health, improving breastfeeding rates among underserved populations, genetics, and sustainability in healthcare. Most recent publications and presentations below:
I am a long-standing member of Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), Sigma Theta Tau, Xi Delta Chapter in a leadership position, NLN, and ANA. I remain clinically active as a staff nurse at a regional perinatal center in Philadelphia, and volunteer teaching childbirth education and parenting classes to marginalized clients at a local pregnancy crisis center.
I have co-facilitated a faculty-lead service learning study abroad course in Cape Town, South Africa, providing leadership and instruction to undergraduate students to deliver maternal newborn healthcare to marginalized populations in township clinics. I recently volunteered to facilitate undergraduate nursing students and medical students on a two-week medical mission trip to provide screenings and acute medical care to marginalized populations of the regions surrounding Guatemala City, Guatemala in May,2018.