I began my medical career as a nurse, working in a cardiac care unit after graduating from a hospital-based diploma program in 1979. When I discovered my love of teaching, I moved into a critical care educator position, and was involved with the orientation and staff development of nurses in the intensive care unit, critical care unit and the emergency department. In 1989 I “spread my wings” and became a flight nurse. During that time, I continued to teach EMTs, paramedics, nurses and physicians. After receiving my BSN from Lewis Clark State College, I began pursuing my master’s degree in nursing though the Intercollegiate Nursing Center in Spokane. I graduated with a Master of Acute Care Nursing and completed my post-graduate studies, becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in 1996. As a nurse practitioner, I’ve worked in various primary care and family practice settings, a student health clinic, the emergency department, and most recently in acute care as a hospitalist with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. I also volunteered as the NP for the “Helping Hands” clinic at Anna Ogden Hall, and received the Messenger of Hope Award.
It seems I’ve always been involved in teaching, guest lecturing at MEDEX, teaching NP students at WSU, participating in pathophysiology and pharmacology courses for the NP students at Gonzaga University, and presenting my 12-Lead ECG class for AACN’s National Teaching Institute. I’ve been awarded three Golden Apple Awards from MEDEX and am thrilled to be back teaching full-time. Having taught in academic settings before, I’ve found that I prefer to teach in a setting with a very strong clinical focus. Even though I’m an NP, I think I fit right in at MEDEX.