Assistant Professor of Nursing
"Quality online education is a reality in today's world. This degree program will enable you to continue practicing in your current role while pursing the next level in your nursing career."
Ph.D. – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1987
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which class do you teach online?
NURS 4361: Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice for RN to BSN
What do you want students in your courses to learn? What is the learning outcome or objective?
This course is designed to identify the essentials of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) within the nursing profession by looking at theoretical and research-based concepts; the application to EBP principles; and how the practice of research complements EBP evaluation, application and implementation.
Why did you start teaching?
I love helping others achieve their dreams. I have worked during a nursing shortage, so I personally know how critical it is to produce quality nurses to feed our own profession.
What advice would you give to those considering the online RN to BSN program?
Quality online education is a reality in today's world. This degree program will enable you to continue practicing in your current role while pursing the next level in your nursing career.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?
Enthusiasm Drive Tenacity Caring Thoughtfulness Knowledgeable Kindness Generosity
What do you think are the biggest challenges that people in nursing face today?
Staying up to date with current evidence and maintaining self-care habits that promote a long and healthy career
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
Trauma Junkie: Memoirs of an Emergency Flight Nurse by Janice Hudson
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.
I have had the privilege of working in healthcare, in various roles, since 2005. My background and passion is in rural and emergency medicine. I have worked in a variety of practice settings, from long-term care to EMS and flight nursing, during my career. I taught Clinical & Simulation Learning at Southwest Technical College during the inaugural year of their LPN Program. I maintain practice as an RN at Milford Memorial Hospital and continue to run as an Advanced EMT at Milford Valley Ambulance Service. My wife Joan is a family nurse practitioner who works primarily in ERs, with some clinic time, at Beaver Valley Hospital and Milford Memorial Hospital. Together we have a dachshund named Swiper that we consider our first son, a two-year-old boy named Owen and a daughter due in January 2020. We live in Milford and have an unofficial petting zoo with a miniature donkey named Penelope Jane, a cart-trained pony named Hank, and three goats: Max, Oreo and Daisy.