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Novel idea or routine practice?

February 23, 2017 by


For a long time one thing that has consistently impressed me, over the course of my career, is the fact that nurses typically are quite clear about what they think nursing should be.  In fact that is one of the outcomes of the research studies we conducted as part of the early days on the Nurse […]

Liberal Professors Watchlist – Really? Yes, and it could be you!

December 1, 2016 by


“Inside Higher Ed” recently posted information about an alarming new website that encourages students and faculty to list liberal professors – to “expose and document” professors who “discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” This is not only a threat to the idea of academic freedom and responsibility, it […]

Losing a nurse: Caring for nursing students

November 21, 2016 by


Last week, my school suffered the loss of a recent new nurse graduate. The student graduated in May, had recently passed the NCLEX , and last week she took her own life. While I was not her teacher (I teach in a different program on the same campus), I witnessed the pain and shock the […]

Is LGBTQ content in your nursing curriculum?

October 12, 2016 by


The absence of LGBTQ content in nursing curricula is astounding.  But the good news is that a number of faculty groups have recently come to realize that this exclusion is not acceptable, and within the coming academic year many students start to understand LGBTQ health in positive and affirming ways. This shift is re-enforced by […]

Nursing Faculty Moment: On loving nursing education…

September 26, 2016 by


I often wonder what keeps nursing faculty motivated and committed to supporting the growth of fledgling nurses? For myself, I found out that I was good at teaching before I became a nurse. I had a bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition, and I  worked as a health educator with moderately to morbidly obese patients. […]

“Evolution” – A Missing Essential

September 15, 2016 by


For several years now, I have taught a course titled “Evolution of Nursing as a Discipline and Practice” at Florida Atlantic University. The course is designed in the doctoral curriculum as an entry-level course to the PhD program, but each year that I have had the pleasure of teaching this course I become more and […]

Nursing Faculty: Self-Care and Healing

August 25, 2016 by


It’s the time of year again. Nursing faculty are putting away their flip flops, washing the beach sand out of their hair, and heading back to campus. That is if you are a nursing faculty member who was lucky enough to not have to teach summer school, or work another nursing job to make ends […]