As a clinical instructor for UWG, it is my responsibility to equip our students with the ability to embrace what it takes to be a nurse. Obviously clinical skills, critical thinking, and a caring, compassionate, respectful attitude towards all clients are major foci in my clinical leadership. Equally vital are those qualities of professionalism which are necessary to become successful in the nursing profession.
Two of the most difficult concepts for students to grasp at this beginning level are those of accountability for self and the need to take responsibility for their own learning. One of the goals I have for my students is that, by the end of a clinical with me, they will not only understand but also appreciate those attributes. One of my most rewarding moments was during post-conference one day when a student, all excited about all she'd learned that day, exclaimed "Wow! It sure helps to prepare the night before! I learned so much today!" Ahhh, if I could only play a video of that at the beginning of every new clinical rotation!
I teach both OB and Mental Health clinical and it is my hope that by the end of their rotation with me, my students have grasped the basic concepts of each area and have developed care plans that show the ability to gather information and develop appropriate outcome goals. I also hope to augment their ability to look past their fears of a situation and instead look for a way to understand what is going on, and to learn and grow from all they see. It is also my hope that my students develop the ability to provide compassionate care in all circumstances. These goals are met by providing them with a variety of clients in each area, and supporting them throughout their day as they share the challenges and experiences with me. Through post-conference discussion groups, students are encouraged to openly share their fears, their thoughts, and their accomplishments. This is done in a non-judgmental manner and all are invited to speak and share.
The main rewards I get from teaching are those of seeing students develop confidence in themselves, and in seeing each one become so much more self-sufficient in the clinical setting. Watching them contribute to the nursing care team so that their primary nurse actually feels that she's had a great experience with the student that day makes me very proud! I truly enjoy being a part of their lives and when I attend the commencement ceremonies, it is thrilling to know that I have played a role, however small, in their future success.
Courses and Sections
- NURS-2101 (Pathophysiology & Pharm I)
- NURS-3302 (Clinical Practice II)
- NURS-4101 (Prof Nursing Concepts III)
- NURS-4102 (Prof Nursing Concepts IV)
- NURS-4192 (Clinical Skills II)
- NURS-4300 (Clinical Specialty Practice)
- NURS-4301 (Clinical Practice III)
- B.S., Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Michigan State University, 1975
- M.S., Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery from University Chicago, Illinois, 1984
Areas of Expertise or Professional Interests
As a Certified Nurse-Midwife, my focus has always been obstetrics and gynecology. I have delivered over 2000 babies in my career as a CNM.
Professional Memberships and Certifications
Sigma Theta Tau
American College of Nurse-Midwives
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Certified Nurse-Midwife since 1984
I usher at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta several times a year.
Spending time with my 3 grandchildren is a true joy for me.
I love to travel, read, and do interior decorating.
The most unique thing about our program is
The true sense of caring among the faculty, and this caring focus extends to our students. One of the priorities in our curriculum is that of experiencing caring as an active, concrete activity via small groups, called "Caring Groups". It is through these Caring Groups that students receive the much-needed release they need from the stress of such a demanding, intense curriculum.