Shelly Whitaker Walters

Shelly Whitaker Walters
Instructor of Nursing

Associates Degree in Nursing, Daytona Beach Community College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Jacksonville University
Master's of Science in Nursing Education, Charleston Southern University

swalters@andersonuniversity.edu

(864) 622-6071

What classes do you teach at Anderson

Pathophysiology, Adult Health Clinical, Clinical Preceptorship

What year did you start teaching at AU

2017

Why teach at AU?

I love that the students at AU are so eager to learn, they are respectful of faculty, and are comfortable with expressing their faith.

Hobbies

Cooking, Baseball, Papercrafting (Cardmaking and scrapbooking)

Notable achievements outside of discipline

Volunteer for United Way at the Golden Harvest Food Bank, support United Way

People might be interested to know I...

I have been a nursing educator for 10 years in a hospital setting prior to transitioning to education in academia. I was in the marching band in high school.

Places you've lived

My dad was in the U.S. Navy so we moved frequently when I was young. I was born at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Then we moved to Adak, Alaska, Guam, and finally my dad retired in Charleston, SC. We landed in Newberry County, South Carolina where I went to Jr. High and High School. For college, I moved to Florida to help take care of my grandfather that had terminal lung cancer and to go to nursing school. After meeting my husband, we moved to Anderson and have been here for over 20 years.

What do you find most enjoyable about working at Anderson University?

I enjoy being able to be me! I am able to make biblical references to assessments and body systems and not worry that I may offend someone by sharing my faith.

What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.

BSN is the hardest undergraduate degree in the country! It is difficult for a reason- nurses save lives! Compassion and empathy are a requirement of professional nurses. Nursing is a profession that requires life long learning.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

High energy! I am passionate about nursing and about helping students learn key concepts to transition to clinical practice. I interject stories of my own practice in the ER and ICU to help illustrate points or help students understand how disease processes manifest. We also engage in activities several times during every class to promote active learning.