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Teaching: The purpose of my work with students is to assist them in building confidence in their own knowledge base of holistic nursing practice and to jointly discover new ideas and interests in the self and other as they embark on their career choice. My philosophical orientation to education is progressive and humanistic. I believe students learn best in a supportive, trusting environment. I believe learning can occur in a variety of contexts. Objectives should be structured enough to give some direction to a learner's path, but flexible enough to weave in new and various opportunities for learning. The purpose of higher education is to inspire a passion for seeking answers. I serve as a resource person and guide, and a facilitator of inquiry and personal growth.
Experience: My specialty area is psychiatric nursing. It is complex and continually evolving as we learn more about the nature of humans. I have worked in all areas of psychiatry, including all age groups in inpatient care, for 15 years. I have been involved in the child welfare setting for the past two years as a nurse consultant. I have also done consultant work teaching Level I Medication Aides in a psychiatric group home.
Research: I am interested in how nurses can impact quality of mental health care within the child welfare system. Serious quality of care issues have come to light in the last few years within child welfare. Currently I am working with two colleagues to develop a nurse intervention within child welfare, which is based on preliminary findings from a research study that I was involved in over the last two years.