I believe in the "science of nursing" and the impact that nurses have on the health care system. As a Nurse Scientist for the VA Boston Healthcare System I am able to work with novice and expert nurses to ensure high quality care to America's veterans. At Simmons College, I have had the privilege of initially functioning in the role of Clinical Faculty and now on campus I have found a passion for nursing education and research. I was thrilled to accept the honor of "Professor of the Year" by the Simmons College Undergraduate Students in 2010 and received the "SNHS Outstanding Teacher Award" in 2013.
I am currently the President of Sigma Theta Tau and serve on the American Nurses Association Massachusetts Board of Directors.
Medical/Surgical Nursing I & II
Clinical Decision Making
Contemporary Issues and Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice
My research is related to issues concerning the theory-practice gap as it applies to nursing education. My doctoral research evaluated the incorporation of structured reflective practice in the classroom. Based on my findings, structured reflection has been incorporated into several courses in the undergraduate preparation of nursing students at Simmons College. I have also had the privilege of presenting my research nationally and internationally. The structured reflection of actual patient cases allows the nursing students to “reflect-on-action” to enhance their perceived clinical judgment and clinical confidence. I am hopeful to continue to expand on this area of nursing education.
I have recently completed a research project looking at the needs of our clinical faculty in conjunction with the Office of Clinical Coordination. The Clinical Faculty Needs assessment is a survey to evaluate the perceived needs of adjunct clinical faculty in an effort to support and merge the clinical and academic course objectives. The long term goal of this research is the development of a statewide certificate program for adjunct clinical faculty members.
I am working as the Primary Investigator on a project to evaluate the perceived needs of the staff nurses working in the role of Clinical Instructor on a Dedicated Nursing Unit. This research is being done by Simmons College Nursing Faculty in conjunction with the Boston VAMC. As practice partnerships have been identified as an important step in the future of nursing education, this research will be a contribution to identify the perceived needs of the staff nurses.
My passion is the merging of theory and practice to enhance the educational process of nursing students. I believe that through the identification of clinical faculty needs, strengthening the experience in the dedicated educational units and the incorporation of structured reflection will benefit nursing students and BSN education.