Michelle Byrne

Michelle Byrne, PhD, RN, CNOR, C


Phone: 678-839-5428 | Fax: 678-839-2462

Email:  mbyrne@westga.edu

Office: School of Nursing Building 314


I have had the opportunity to learn from gifted teachers and mentors that role modeled teaching excellence. If I had to capture my philosophy of teaching with one concept, it would be student engagement. Teaching and learning is an active phenomenon. Therefore, you will not find passivity or solitude in my face to face or online classrooms. My spaces are filled with dialogue and innovation to stimulate diverse thinking.

I have been influenced by many scholars (Tanner, Benner, Diekelmann, Brookfield, Pausch, Palmer, Wiseman, hooks, Lather, Bloom, Campina-Bacote, Gardner). When I synthesize the best theories, they support the concept of constructivism. Whether you envision constructing a building or a garden... one must have a solid foundation, tools of the trade, equipment, vision, and desire. As a teacher, it is my role to assist students in building THEIR foundation, creating their meaning and knowledge, role modeling collaboration and ethics, while providing feedback and feed-forward. There are many teaching techniques, but the right technique for the right student and the right outcome will vary. Therefore, I have learned to prepare, provide feedback, utilize tools to assess learning outcomes, trust the process, respect diversity, and then be amazed at the creativity and innovation my students construct. The joy of teaching others is living the value of life-long learning.


  • PhD, Doctor of Philosophy, Nursing, Georgia State University,
  • M.S., Master of Science in Nursing, University of Wisconsin,
  • B.S., Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Wisconsin, Madison,

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • NURS-6111 (Nurs Educator Role Prac I)    
    • NURS-6487 (Specialty Nursing Practicum)    
    • NURS-6502 (Assessmnt & Instruct Nurs Educ)    
    • NURS-6787 (Nurse Educator Role Pract II)    
    • NURS-9001 (Current Trends & Issue Nurs Ed)    
    • NURS-9003 (Prin of Qual Inq Design & Meth)    
    • NURS-9010 (Nursing Research Seminar)    
    • NURS-9012 (Nursing Education Practicum)    
    • NURS-9015 (Dissertation)    
  • Spring 2015 Sections
    • NURS-9003 (Prin of Qual Inq Design & Meth) Section: E01
    • NURS-9010 (Nursing Research Seminar) Section: E01
    • NURS-9012 (Nursing Education Synthesis) Section: E01
    • NURS-9015 (Dissertation) Section: E08
  • Fall 2014 Sections
    • NURS-6111 (Nurs Educator Role Prac I) Section: N01
    • NURS-6502 (Assessmnt & Instruct Nurs Educ) Section: N01
    • NURS-9001 (Current Trends & Issue Nurs Ed) Section: N01
    • NURS-9010 (Nursing Research Seminar) Section: N01
    • NURS-9015 (Dissertation) Section: N09
  • Spring 2014 Sections
    • NURS-6487 (Specialty Nursing Practicum) Section: N01
    • NURS-6787 (Nurse Educator Role Pract II) Section: N01
    • NURS-9003 (Prin of Qual Inq Design & Meth) Section: N01
    • NURS-9010 (Nursing Research Seminar) Section: N06
    • NURS-9012 (Nursing Education Practicum) Section: N01

Areas of Expertise or Professional Interests

Nursing Education, Concept Based Curricula Development, Cultural Competency, Leadership, Qualitative Research, Perioperative Nursing

Professional Memberships and Certifications

CNOR (CCI- 2013-2018)
CNE (NLN 2010-2015)

Sigma Theta Tau (1986-present)
American Nurses Association
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses AORN
Georgia Association for Nursing Education GANE
National League for Nursing (member) 1986-present
Commissioner for CNE 2011-2014
University of Wisconsin Nurses Alumni Association (1980-present)

Peer Reviewer for Nursing Education Perspectives and AORN Journal
Editorial Board Member for Nursing Education Perspectives

Personal Interests

yoga, tennis, and golf

The most unique thing about our program is

The professors are engaged in life-long learning and are constantly seeking best practices in online education.