Associate Professor of Nursing
Greetings from Goshen College (IN)
For the past three and a half decades I have been in the wonderful, rewarding, frustrating, important, ever evolving, caring, competitive, identity searching, broad, and much needed field of Nursing!
I view myself as a Pediatric Nurse and often feel more drawn to talk to children than to adults. Children are both frank and funny.
My work has taken me from a pediatric unit at a teaching hospital in Tulsa, OK where the goal was to tie together Medicine, Nursing, and Spiritual Care in the caring for hospitalized patients.
I then got to teach in a school of nursing in Maua, Kenya for a year, then back to the states with an important year of work at Riley Children’s hospital in Indianapolis. I worked on a unit caring for children up to their first birthday. From Indy, I wound up in Goshen, IN where I have now been for close to 30 years.
In this community I worked for 27 years as and Advanced Practice Nurse (as a clinical specialist) in a private pediatric practice.
Last year I moved from the clinical practice side of the profession to the education side, taking a job as an Associate Professor of Nursing at Goshen College. Here, my main teaching duties are in Pediatrics (both graduate and undergraduate) and Physical Assessment. I am currently also working at developing an online physical assessment course for our RN to BSN program.
The past year found me planning and teaching a variety of courses. They included:
Pediatric Care for the Advanced Practice Nurse (in our FNP program)
Advanced Physical Assessment (also in our FNP program)
Nursing Care of the Child (in our undergraduate program)
In the past year, the Goshen College Nursing program has qualified to begin a fully online program for RN to BSN / degree completion students. I currently am learning about online education and will be developing an online course for Physical Assessment to be used in the online program.
My time outside of the profession is currently oriented to family.
My wife, Brenda (GC grad and Director of GC Nursing Department), and I have the great fortune of helping to raise our grandchildren (David: 4yrs, and Sara: 2yrs). The are full of love, energy, and hilarity. We recently exposed them to the world of tent camping and hope to make it a regular adventure. Swim lessons, trips to the library, and throwing stones in the river are routine summer activities.
Our oldest daughter Anna and husband Zac Miller (GC, 2010 grads) live in Kalamazoo where she works as a neuro intensive care nurse and he works as a civil engineer.
Our younger daughter, Leah (GC, grad 2015) and husband Josh Minners, also lives in Kalamazoo MI. She has a social work major that she is ready to use and he works in the auto industry.
Since the children are not so far from us, we love being altogether when our schedules allow.