• Executive Director of Simulation, College Of Nursing
  • Associate Professor (Clinical), College Of Nursing

Professional Organizations

  • Utah Simulation Coalition. 07/31/2019 - 07/31/2020. Position : Member; Past President.
  • Utah Simulation Coalition. 07/01/2018 - 07/01/2019. Position : Member; President.
  • International Society for Simulation In Healthcare. 08/18/2015 - 08/31/2021. Position : Nursing Section Communications Chair.
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Rho. 06/30/2015 - 06/30/2017. Position : Past President.
  • Pediatric Nursing Society. 03/18/2015 - present. Position : Member.
  • International Society for Simulation In Healthcare (SSH). 01/21/2011 - present. Position : Member.
  • International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). 06/15/2010 - present. Position : Member.
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Rho. 06/30/2009 - present. Position : Member.

Teaching Philosophy

To be an effective teacher, I believe you need to have a passion for teaching that is transparent to students in both your actions and words. The inspiration gained from those who truly love and believe in what they do can give much more to a student then just content. I believe that learning can occur and be enjoyed if the person teaching believes in what they are teaching and in the innate abilities of the students. To confer passion for a subject (and that subject may simply be the love of teaching) and to believe in your students, I feel hold the key to an enriching learning environment.

I believe that every student as the ability to become what they desire. I trust my students to perform to their best ability, to show their best work and to grow from the experience. With this trust, it has become increasingly evident that most students are willing to exceed my expectations, to become worthy of the trust I place in them. It is within this atmosphere that I have seen students become more than what they themselves have expected. It is those moments of growth that fulfill me as a teacher. To have students look back on themselves and see what they have accomplished, and turn to see a new future of possibilities makes teaching a worthwhile endeavor.

I also believe that teaching should be flexible. One’s methods should vary with the knowledge, personality, and attributes of the students. The students should guide the methods for teaching. All teaching methods have merit if used in appropriate manner and forum. I do not feel limited to one style based on comfort level or ease of use. I hope to continually grow and learn from my students so that each time I teach a class it improves. I will stay abreast of current research so that I am teaching evidence-based practice. My teaching will reflect clinical practice.

Feedback is important and valuable as a teacher. Summative and formative evaluations have an important place in education. However, I do not discount nonverbal cues and informal conversations with students. The most valuable feedback comes from seemingly innocent open-ended questions in the course of informal conversations.  I can then use this feedback in conjunction with formal evaluations to determine necessary changes to be made in coursework, improving content and style with every class I teach. I want to be flexible and teachable at the same time that I am teaching. I hope that I rarely teach a class the same way twice. That the unique experiences brought by students will change the content to reflect their interests and improve upon their deficits.

I am a teacher that believes in a safe environment brought about by trust, a love of teaching, the innate ability of students, and flexibility in methodologies, evidence-based practice, and continual growth in myself. I believe the best teachers are passionate, honest, and most of all teachable.

Courses I Teach

  • NURS 3410 - Acute Care Nursing Practicum
    Immersive simulation for pediatrics
  • NURS 3305 - Foundations of Clinical Nursing Care
    Immersive Simulation Sections