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“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 […]

Nurse Education as a Holistic Praxis

July 2, 2014 by


I would like to share with the readers what it is like to have the privilege of teaching in a holistic, caring curriculum. In my case, our curriculum is offered in hybrid format, so that the majority of the coursework is completed online, while face-face classes are held 2-3 times/ semester. Both aspects of this […]

The International Human Caring Conference: Part I, Jean Watson

June 2, 2012 by


I think that those of us interested in creating change need to find ways to gather, to heal ourselves, and to support one another in and through the change process. It is a blessing when we as professional nurses can be with other professionals of like mind and like goals.  I was privileged to attend […]

Spiritual Care by Nurses

May 5, 2012 by


I have long been interested in how, why, when of nursing providing spiritual care for patients. In my work as a hospice nurse, I found that creating a spiritual-caring-healing environment for patients and their families was the most rewarding experience within this role. I am currently attending a spiritual care training course at a local […]

The Dominator Social System: Alive and well in academia.

October 23, 2011 by


I am currently in a tenure track position at a university where I find myself charged with not only implementing an innovative approach to nursing education, but also working as a program administrator and undergoing the tenure track process. For those of you already familiar with the tenure process, you know that this entails teaching, […]

Approaching Back-to-School Stress for Nurse Educators and Nursing Students

August 25, 2011 by


As educators, many of us are now in the last moments of preparation for the beginning of the academic year. Syllabi are prepared or updated, readings in place, textbooks ordered, and online classrooms designed. In addition to teaching and prep time, our schedules for the Fall semester are packed full of program and committee meetings. […]

Teaching self-care: The benefits and challenges

June 12, 2011 by


When I began developing an integral framework for a new RN-BSN curriculum, I knew that the emphasis needed to be on self-care and reflection for the development of the nurse. Interestingly, the school I am teaching for is in a very rural state, and one of the issues I hear frequently from folks who do […]