Bachelor Degree of Nursing, Chamberlain College of Nursing
Associate Degree of Nursing, Tri-County Technical College
Associate Degree of Secretarial Science, Ohio Valley University
What classes do you teach at Anderson
Mental Health Clinicals
What year did you start teaching at AU
Why teach at AU?
I love mental health nursing and have been a mental health advocate since 2001. I also received my first associate degree from a Christian college. My fond memories of the great instructors, mentors, and friends during those years are some of the sweetest memories of my life. The sphere of influence they had on many of my life decisions also influenced my desire to teach in a Christian university when this opportunity arose. Nursing is a calling that I truly believe closely models a walk with Christ in many ways. Nursing teaches us to check ourselves at the door and treat all people the same, and to learn to discern what is the best course of action in every situation. This is in direct correlation with biblical principles and following Christ's examples of compassion and love. My hope is to mentor new nurses to recognize these same principles and help them be wonderful nurses and patient advocates as well.
I love spending time with family and church family. I enjoy traveling when possible, reading and watching UK detective stories, mainly for the countryside scenery. I also enjoy making baby blankets.
Notable achievements outside of discipline
I enjoy public speaking if it involves advocating for mental health. My nursing classmates recognized this passion and asked me to speak at our pinning ceremony. This was a great honor for me.
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I have been a member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and our local affiliate (NAMI-AOP) since 2001, serving as president from 2001 to 2008 and Board of Directors in 2008-2009. I have taught the following NAMI education courses: Visions for Tomorrow, Provider Education, Peer-to-Peer, and State Trainer for the Peer-to-Peer program. I remain available to speak for NAMI Family to Family, Heath's Haven of Seneca (an organization whose mission is to strengthen families) and as needed throughout the community on mental health.
Places you've lived
I lived in Ohio and West Virginia as a child with my formative teenage and college years in West Virginia. I moved to South Carolina after college and married a South Carolinian. We have been married almost 30 years and have three children.
What do you find most enjoyable about working at Anderson University?
I don't really feel like I am working everyday because I love being a nurse, mental health advocate, student mentor, and living my Christian faith uninhibited by political and societal standards.
What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.
Nursing is one of the most rigorous college study programs in any setting. You will sacrifice many things in order to be successful in nursing school. But this is a short span of time over the course of your life. Committing yourself fully to your nursing education now will pay big dividends in the future. Don't spread yourself too thin and end up doing half the job required to become a successful nurse. Delayed gratification will be so much sweeter with RN behind your name. We are all here to help you succeed and fulfill your dreams.
How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?
My clinicals involve entering a psychiatric hospital environment to learn to care for some of society's most vulnerable adults. Many of these people no longer have a healthy support system and home to return to. Learning to care for these adults and helping them find new skills to live well is very fulfilling career. This is an opportunity to meet interesting people, learn their stories, and follow their progress. You will be pleasantly surprised by your experience. Whether you choose to work in mental health or not, you will encounter mental illness in every other nursing discipline. These skills will help you offer extraordinary care to all your patients.