Nurses are privileged to be with others as they experience the many joys and traumas of life. We are in a unique position to facilitate healing in others by sharing ourselves and connecting with the client and family. Experience in a variety of clinical settings including emergency, urology, intensive care, spinal cord rehabilitation, mental health, and hospice nursing has shaped my philosophy of nursing.
Self-care is emphasized in my teaching because of the demands of our profession and my belief that nurses can effectively assist others only while maintaining personal balance in our lives. Self- awareness and spiritual growth are necessary for nurses to treat the client within a holistic philosophy that honors the unity of the person and the interrelationship of mind, body, soul, and spirit. Holistic nursing recognizes the global connection of persons and the role of the individual within the environment in maintaining health. I strive to create an atmosphere of acceptance and support in which students can be exposed to new ideas, yet also share their individual opinions and learn to think critically. I cherish learning from the students' experiences and the enrichment they bring to my life.
Courses and Sections
- NURS-3202 (Health Care of the Client II)
- NURS-4300 (Clinical Specialty Practice)
- NURS-4345 (Community Health Nurs Practice)
- M.S., Master of Science in Nursing, Georgia State University,
- B.S., Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Georgia Regents University,
- A.S., Associate of Science degree in Nursing, University of West Georgia,
Areas of Expertise or Professional Interests
Holistic Nursing (Spirituality, Imagery, Relaxation, and Stress management)
Mental Health and Addiction
Honors and Awards
Alpha Lambda Delta, National Freshman Honor Society
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Theta Tau, Pi Nu Chapter, University of West Georgia
District Honoree (1983), Georgia Nurses Association
Professional Memberships and Certifications
American Nurses' Association
Georgia Nurses’ Association
American Holistic Nurses Association
International Association for Human Caring
Yoga, walking, hiking, reading, contemplative prayer, riding on my husband’s motorcycle
The most unique thing about our program is
The emphasis on quality caring, which is lived out in the relationships formed among faculty and students.