Connie Flowers

Connie Flowers, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

Phone: 678-839-5625 | Fax: 678-839-6553

Email:  connief@westga.edu

Office: School of Nursing Building 305




    Biography

    As an educator of pre-licensure nursing students I have had two major goals: mentoring and facilitating student learning. I strive to encourage students’ intellectual growth, challenge them to think creatively, critically and encourage development of lifelong learning. I believe that being available to my students for questions and concerns with their course work is part of my job as an educator. I encourage positive professional relationships with my students through accessibility and frequent communication with them.

    My objectives for student learning are based on the subject and the level of student. In foundational courses the student needs to understand basic concepts; in a higher level course the student needs to be able to apply the foundational concepts to real world, 21st century nursing care. To accomplish these objectives I use a variety of teaching methods, hi tech simulation, lo tech simulation, case studies, games and exercises. At times lecture is important to get across information but interactive learning is an especially effective tool for the learners of today. Online learning can be facilitated by case studies, synchronous and asynchronous discussions and activities that are tailored to the learning outcomes for the particular course. Other examples of strategies used include the use of imbedded case studies within lecture content; break out groups to discuss topics; conceptual maps to understand complex topics such as pathophysiology and even the use of social media to stimulate the student’s interest in the topics related to course content.

    Education/Degrees

    • A.A., Associate of Arts Degree in Nursing, Albany Junior College, 1969
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Medical College of Georgia, 1978
    • M.S., Master of Science in Nursing, Medical College of Georgia, 1991

    Courses Taught

    • Spring 2014
      • NURS-3102 (Professional Nurs Concepts II) Section: 01
      • NURS-3102 (Professional Nurs Concepts II) Section: 02
      • NURS-4302 (Clinical Practice IV) Section: 01
    • Fall 2013
      • NURS-2102 (Pathophysiology & Pharm II) Section: 01
      • NURS-2102 (Pathophysiology & Pharm II) Section: 02
      • NURS-2102 (Pathophysiology & Pharm II) Section: 91
      • NURS-3102 (Professional Nurs Concepts II) Section: 91
    • Summer 2013
      • NURS-2101 (Pathophysiology & Pharm I) Section: 01
    • Spring 2013
      • NURS-3102 (Professional Nurs Concepts II) Section: 01
      • NURS-3301 (Clinical Practice I) Section: 91

    Research

    1996 - “Transition of Elders From Private Residence to Continuing Care Community: The Lived Experience” unpublished pilot study, Connie C. Flowers, MSN.
    2007 - “Peer Mentors: Tour Guides for Clinical Experience”, Roberta Siler, PhD, Julie Nauser, PhD, Connie C. Flowers, MSN.
    2008-2009 - “Attitudes on Aging” ongoing research study, Kathy Scaletty, MSN, RN and Connie C. Flowers, MSN, RN.
    2008 - “Socialization of Adjunct Clinical Faculty to the Nurse Educator Role”, Susan Kasal Chrisman PhD, RN, Connie Flowers, MSN, RN, Karin K. Roberts, PhD, RN.

    Professional Memberships and Certifications

    American Nurses Association
    Sigma Theta Tau International
    National Gerontological Nurses Association

    Personal Interests

    Gardening, reading and spending time with family.

    The most unique thing about our programs is

    The caring relationships that are formed within the caring groups for students in our pre-licensure program.