Associate Professor of Nursing

Education

BSN, Goshen College, 1972
MA, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, 1979
MHS, WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY, 1988

Research

2012 Debriefer/Auditor Role for Doctoral Dissertation Research for Ruth Stoltzfus

Recieved a $2,500. Grant from The Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning (CITL) during the school year May, 2010 to May, 2011, to study best practices in teaching.

During this year long study classes were offered in the Course Development Institute looking at both how to organizes classes and how best to teach classes.  Participants  were professors from Goshen College and teachers from both Bethany High School and Goshen High School.  Following these classes, the Professional Learning Community for 2010-2011 was formed with some of the same participants.  These classes looked at best practices in teaching for student learning outcomes.  Each participate visited other participants classrooms and also visited my classroom.  We then compared our learnings from this experience.  To receive the full grant I completed an in depth  review of one learning activity of my class.  I chose to review my student’s final clinical project of a Seminar Presentation, where in the student presented multiple aspects about the care of one of their clients to their classmates.  Rubric were developed to grade this project and given to the student prior to their presentation.  The outcomes of this course portfolio study were published on a peer review website called: www.school/reforminitative.org.

Courses

Nursing Care of the Adult I
The nursing process is used with adults and families experiencing illness. Content areas include nursing care of adults with fluid and electrolyte and acid/base imbalances, gastrointestinal disorders, musculoskeletal problems, chronic neurological problems, urinary/genital conditions, and autoimmune disorders. Clinical experiences consist of providing holistic nursing care to adults in medical/surgical clinical areas, with emphasis on perioperative nursing.
Nursing Care of the Adult II
The nursing process is used with adults and families experiencing illness. Content areas include nursing care of adults with fluid and electrolyte and acid/base imbalances, cancer, lower respiratory problems, diabetes, and cardiovascular problems. Clinical experiences consist of providing holistic nursing care to adults in medical/surgical clinical areas.
Leadership in Nursing
Continues to focus on the use of the nursing process with clients. Content includes management and leadership theories. The clinical experience includes management of care for multiple clients.

Historic Courses:

  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Leadership in Nursing
  • Assessment Skills
  • Concepts and Strategies in Nursing
  • NCLEX-RN Exam Strategies

 

Lectures & Presentations

April 2012 Speaker at Nurse Pinning: Healing the Art of Nursing

 

Selected Publications

2005
EGH-Health Careers Guide Book, contributor. EGH, Elkhart, IN
1995
NGNA Core Curriculum for Gerontological Nursing. Edited by:  Ann Schmidt Luggen, Mosby: St. Louis (Reviewer).
1992
“Get Off On the Right Foot with Your MDS ” Long-Term Care Executive Network.  An Aspen Publication:  Vol 1., No. 1., July.
1992
Resident Assessment Protocol Manual, contributor.  Schowalter Villa.
1992
Quality Assurance:  Developing a Program for Long-Term Care.  Schowalter Villa.
1991
Fight the Good Fight, with Philip Bedsworth.  Scottdale:  Herald Press.
1982
“Psychological Stress in Spouses of Patients with Myocardial Infarctions.”  Heart and Lung:  September/October 1982 p. 450-456.
1982
Video:  Quality Assurance:  Impacts on the Workplace.  Writer and Producer.

Honors & Awards

2012
Granted Tenure.
2011-2012
Received a $2,500. Grant from Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning.
1992-Present
American Nurses Credentialing Center Certification as Clinical Specialist in Gerontological Nursing.   Recertification 2012-2017
2007
American Nurses Credentialing Center field tester for Clinical Specialist in Gerontological Nursing Examination
2005
I received Clinical Ladder III status (top clinical performance award) at Elkhart General Hospital
1995-2002
American Nurses Credentialing Center Test Development Committee for Clinical Nurse Specialist Gerontological Nursing; Committee chair 1998.
1994-1999
American Nurses Credentialing Center Certification Nursing Administration, Advanced

Grants & Fellowships

Recieved a $2,500. Grant from The Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning (CITL) during the school year May, 2010 to May, 2011, to study best practices in teaching.

 

Memberships & Associations

2009-present
Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE)
2008-present
Vice President on Regional Board, Nu Omicron
1976-present
American Nurses Association
2005-present
National League of Nursing
1978-present
Sigma Theta Tau, Inc;
1988-present
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
2008-present
Northern Indiana Nurse Educators
1997-1998
Kansas Association of Homes & Services for the Aging  member of Quality Action Team
1997-1998
Kansas Association of Homes & Services for the Aging  member of Assisted Living Action Team
1999-2000
American Association of Nursing Assessment Coordinators
2001-2002
Kansas Adult Care Executives
1999-2001
Kansas Department of Health & Environment member Special task force committee on CMA curriculum
1992-1999
National Gerontological Nurses Association (NGNA), past Regional VI Director 1992-1994(On the committee to organize the first Chapter in Kansas; On committee to organize the first 6 state regional conferences 1993-1995)

Hobbies & Interests

As a student at Goshen College in the 1970’s, I had the opportunity to do a Study Service Term (SST) abroad in Costa Rica. During this time I lived with a family and was immersed into the culture immediately upon arrival into the country. For the first six weeks, we as Goshen college students, studied the language and culture. The second six weeks, we did a service project.  As I had completed the requirements for a BSN minus my SST experience for Goshen College, I worked in a hospital for the poor. I studied the tiered health care program of the country. This experience ignited a desire in me to travel.

Since that time I have had the opportunity to spend two years in church voluntary service (VS) in Puerto Rico with my husband (1973-1975). I have traveled outside the United States (US) to Nicaragua (1972), The Virgin Islands (1973), Haiti (1974), Columbia (1974), India, France, England (1995), Israel (1996 and 1997), Jordan (1997), Venezuela (1999), Belize and Guatemala (2006), Norway, Sweden, Finland, St. Peterburg, Russia, Estonia, Denmark, Germany and Holland (2007). I have also been in all the stated within the US except the extreme Northeast including Alaska and Hawaii. My favorite way to travel comes from my SST experience. I love to learn about a place by living with the people in that place.

Another interest of mine is in Restorative Justice. I am currently a volunteer mediator with the Center for Community Justice in Elkhart, Indiana.

I attend Prairie Street Mennonite Church where I am active in various service programs.

I have also owned an Antique business from 2003-2011.

Personal Information

Committee Assignments 2013-2014

Departmental

  • Academic Advisory Committee from 2000 to present
  • Skills Day for 300 level  (ad hoc)
  • 60th Anniversary Planning Committee
  • Curriculum from 2005 to present
  • Business Meeting from 2005 to present
  • Unbound Textbook Ad Hoc
  • Outcomes Assessment Chair since2008
  • 300 Level Team Leader since 2006
  • New Patho Course Ad Hoc
  • Preceptor for MSN Education student

College

  • Admissions Committee 2009 to present
  • PLA Leadership Program Interviewer from 2009 to present

Professional Development and Continuing Education Activities for 2013-2014

ANCC Adult-Gerontology ClinicalNurse Specialist Cert. exam-South Bend, IN Field-Tester15 CEU 10/13
Healthcare-Associated Infections-CME Resour 15 CEU 4/14
Diabetic Hypoglycemia-CME Resource  5 CEU 4/14
Hypertension: Strategies to ImproveOutcomes-CME Resource-on line  5 CEU 4/14
Tuberculosis: An Update-CME Resource-on line  5 CEU 4/14
COPD: An overview of Pathology andTreatment-CME Resource-on line 10 CEU 4/14
ATI: Pre-Summit Workshop I: Bring yourClassroom to Live-Student Centered Learning

Orlando, FL

9.6 CEU 4/13/14
ATI: Pre-Summit Workshop II: Assessment strategies for the Flipped ClassroomOrlando, FL See above 4/13/14
ATI: General Session—Mimi Donaldson For 4/14-16/14 4/14/14
ATI: Unfolding Case Studies: ClinicalReasoning for NCLEX Success 9.9 CEU 4/14/14
ATI: Fueling Test Security Practices See above 4/14/14
ATI: Student Achievement & NCLEX-RNSuccess See above 4/14/14
ATI: Integration of IOM Core CompetenciesIn Curriculum See above 4/14/14
ATI: General Session: Vicki Lawrence See above 4/15/14
ATI: Clinical Redesign: DedicatedEducational Units See above 4/15/14
ATI: Meeting the 80%Goal: CreatingExcellence in RN to BSN Programs See above 4/15/14
ATI: Clinical Simulation Best Practices See above 4/15/14
ATI: General Session: Sorrel King mother ofJosie King See above 4/16/14
ATI: From Admission to Pinning: SuccessfullyIntegrating ATI’s Complete Solutions Package See above 4/16/14
Affordable Care Act for Indiana Nurses-IUHGH 1.5 CEU 2/7/14

Church/Community Volunteerism

Church

  • Member Prairie Street Mennonite Church (PSMC) since 2002
  • Money counter at PSMC
  • Member small group at PSMC
  • Church Nurse role with Blood Pressure clinic at PSMC
  • Past positions: member stewardship committee 2005-2009; member Pastoral Church Relational Committee 2006-2009; nursery care giver, Sunday School teacher, youth sponsor.

Community

  • Center for Community Justice Volunteer Mediator and trainer since 203

 

Employment

August 2005-present
Associate Professor of Nursing- Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana 46526
September 2002-June 2012
RN – Chronic Pain Clinic- Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, Indiana  46514
January 2002-September 2002
RN/Shift Coordinator TCU- Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, Indiana 46514
August 2000-October 2001
Executive Director of Operations- Trinity Association of S.W. Kansas, Dodge City, Kansas 67801
May 1999-August 2000
Director of Kansas Learning for the Aging- Kansas Homes and Services Network, Topeka, Kansas 66603-3906March 1999-October 1999
Consultant for LTC- LTCS – HOPE, Hesston, Kansas 67062
December 1988-August 1989
Staff Nurse – Surgery Department- St. Joseph Medical Center
September 1986-December 1988
Clinical Research Nurse- Midwest Heart and Vascular Institute, Inc., Wichita, Kansas 67202
August 1984-August 1986
Instructor of Nursing- Hesston College, Hesston, Kansas 67062
September 1982-August 1984
Coordinator of Home Health Care- Elkhart County Health Department, Elkhart, Indiana 46517
January 1981-September 1982
Chairperson Patient Education Committee & Special Projects- LTCS – Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, Indiana 46517
April 1981-October 1981
Coordinator of Nursing Resource Management Study- LTCS – Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, Indiana 46517
May 1980-November 1981
Staff Nurse ICU-CCU- Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, Indiana 46517
May 1980-September 1982
Adjunct Instructor- Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana 46526
September 1979-May 1980
Nursing Instructor- Acute Care- Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana 46526
September 1976-August 1977
Instructor of Nursing – Surgical- Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana 46526
July 1975-April 1976
Staff Nurse – Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology- High Park Physicians, Goshen, Indiana 46526
June 1974-June 1975
Director of Nursing Service- Mennonite General Hospital, Aibonito, Puerto Rico
June 1973 – June 1974
Staff Nurse- Mennonite General Hospital, Aibonito, Puerto Rico
August 1972-1973
Staff Nurse Medical Unit- Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, Indiana 46517