I am an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), adult health clinical nurse specialist (ACNS-BC), with a certificate in education, specializing in adult health, geriatrics, and wound, ostomy and continence nursing. Additionally, I hold advanced practice certification in wound, ostomy, and continence nursing and am a board certified gerontological nurse. I have expert clinical experience and a strong knowledge base in wound, ostomy and continence care, inpatient geriatric medicine, rehab, and chronic diseases. I also have much experience with managing medical surgical patients. My teaching experience includes serving as adjunct clinical faculty in an undergraduate BSN program as well as an ADN program, and in the online classroom (both with traditional students and RN-BSN students).
I have experience working as a registered nurse on a high volume medical/surgical internal medicine floor. I also have much experience with rehab and long-term care patients. I have spent many years doing wound, ostomy and continence care, educating patients on their diabetes, heart failure, prevention of infection post-surgery and learning to live with an amputation. I work one-on-one with oncology patients creating an individualized plan of care focused on disease management and progression managed by pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic measures. I have had much experience caring for those with psychiatric disorders including but not limited to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), insomnia related to PTSD and generalized anxiety disorders. I also have much experience with wound care in diabetic patients, those with amputations, and chronic non-healing wounds, most often requiring advanced wound therapies.
I have approximately seven years experience as a clinical instructor for first semester medical surgical nursing students, allowing me to provide education via hands on experience and also to administer formative, summative and reflective assessment to students at the completion of their clinical rotation. I have worked with students in the classroom (both traditional and online) setting, as well as in the clinical setting, providing direction, guidance and education to visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners using a variety of learning modalities. I have educated students utilizing a combination of teaching/learning modalities such as PowerPoint presentation, lecture video, WebQuest, Wiki, Poll Everywhere, Popplet, online discussion board, debates, reflection papers, and formative and summative formal assessments. I have taught as an academic coach/mentor in an online learning environment, as well as a lead professor for a community health nursing course, throughout several semesters.
I have a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. I also have my master of science in nursing (MSN) degree from Ursuline College with a post masters certificate in education. I am a licensed registered nurse, with many years experience, as well as a board certified adult health clinical nursing specialist. Additionally, I hold certification in advanced practice wound and ostomy care from the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board, having completed my training at Cleveland Clinic's R.B. Turnbull's School of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. I also hold board certification (RN-BC) as a gerontological nurse through American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
I was recognized as providing culturally competent and relationship based care to my patients; a strong basis of my knowledge comes from attending the 2010 cultural transformation summit in Kansas City, Missouri for a conference and educational sessions. I was also recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center as an outstanding bedside nurse with receiving the 2012 Secretary’s Award for Nursing Excellence, one of the highest national honors bestowed upon a VA nurse.
In the next five years, I envision myself still teaching at the college, undergraduate level, either in an ADN or BSN program and hopefully incorporating the clinical aspect into my teaching. I also plan to continue my career as a wound, ostomy, continence advanced practice nurse. I plan on taking my certified nurse educator (CNE) exam and pursuing/continuing teaching at the college level. I am also interested in mentoring and sharing my experience with high school students who may be interested in a degree in the nursing field. I plan on pursuing my doctor of nursing practice (DNP) in hopes that I will be able to better serve my students, possessing a higher degree of knowledge and experience.
I truly believe that learning is a lifelong process and I hope to be able to instill my knowledge, experience, and values regarding the teaching and learning continuum with my students. I love sharing what I know with others and hope that some of my contributions to the field of education will impact the professionalism, knowledge and skills of the new nurses of today.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, cooking and baking. I have a St. Bernard who takes up a lot of my time and energy - but, I love him dearly. I love to travel to warm places and relax on the beach. I love Starbucks, dining/restaurants in the Cleveland area, and trying new foods. I love boating. I also love the Cleveland Browns (true Cleveland fan even when they make me cry) and of course the Cleveland Cavaliers! I am a fan of horror and comedy movies and I love a good book.
People frequently ask me the infamous questions: "Why did you become a nurse and why do you like teaching others so much?" The answer, to me, is simple: I became a nurse and a teacher because there is no better feeling in life than making a difference in the life of someone else!