Adv Patho DNP I
- National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. 09/2022 - present. Position : Member.
- Society of Refugee Health Care Providers. 08/2015 - present. Position : Member.
- Utah Nurse Practitioners. 03/2014 - present. Position : Member.
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 10/2013 - present. Position : Member.
- St. Mark's Family Medicine. Others. 08/2015 - present .
- Shock Trauma ICU. Others. 01/2008 - 07/2015 .
- Hospice. Others. 06/2004 - 06/2008 .
The ideal learning environment is one that is built on a culture of kindness and open inquiry. These components are key to developing a platform on which students feel they can safely explore new thoughts and ideas. I take a compassionate approach to teaching with the understanding that every nursing student enters the classroom with the goal to increase their knowledge base to prepare for future professional practice. I create a safe and inclusive learning environment by respecting the perspectives of all class members. I incorporate principles of participative lecture-based learning, collaborative discussion, and small group work to help foster knowledge acquisition and peer collaboration. I also strive to provide my students with the tools to acquire new knowledge through evidence-based self-directed inquiry.
My role as an educator is to help connect prior understanding to the subject matter at hand and to make this relevant for the future as a nursing professional. I strive to share insights from my personal clinical practice to help promote learning and encourage students to reflect on their past experiences as a baseline for future knowledge acquisition.
The discipline of nursing is both a science and an art. Excellent clinical care requires a strong foundational knowledge of the scientific underpinnings for nursing practice. However, textbook-based scientific knowledge alone is not sufficient to truly promote well-being for patients. The science must be married with the humanistic art of nursing, the art of connecting with and understanding the perspectives of others. This art focuses on compassionate and holistic care of the individual to promote true wellness. The blending of these two aspects of nursing is best learned through experiential clinical practicum experiences where students have an opportunity to apply the science to treat disease and the art to promote wellness.
As an educator with a special interest in underserved populations, particularly immigrant and refugee populations, I understand that we live in a global society. It is expedient for all future clinicians to have clinical encounters that prepare them to provide high-quality, evidence-based, and compassionate care to all individuals, especially those from underserved populations. By educating the future generation of nurses and nurse practitioners, I exponentially expand my power to affect excellent clinical outcomes for diverse patient populations. I approach my teaching with this hope – that I might have greater capacity to benefit patients through the instruction I deliver to the next generation of nurse practitioners.