• Associate Professor Nursing
Saint Gianna School of Health Sciences

About Me

I have been a nurse for 37 years and a nurse educator for 33 years. Even as an undergraduate student nurse, I knew that the best use of my time and talent would be as an educator. My areas of passion in nursing are holistic care, oncology and hospice and palliative care. I have held certifications in oncology and medical/surgical nursing, and hospice and palliative care. I am also a certified nurse educator. I am a member of the ND Cancer Coalition and work on cancer prevention awareness. I enjoy working with students and helping them grow into competent and caring nursing professionals.

Why I’m At Mary

I grew up in the community of Bismarck, and therefore, the University of Mary was always a part of my life. I was able to experience then Mary College through summer theater programs and by being a part of the musical "George M" with my whole family. This early introduction to the sisters of Annunciation Monastery and the college made an impression on me. It was just a "given" that I would go to Mary College and once there, I had a sense that I would like to get an advanced degree and come back to teach there if I could. It is a place where I can live and be supported in my beliefs.

Expertise

I have held certifications in medical/surgical nursing, oncology nursing, hospice and palliative care and am a certified nurse educator.

I have also presented at local and regional conferences in the areas of Hospice and Palliative care and Holistic Nursing Practices.

Education

PhD Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of North Dakota, 2013
MSN- Adult Health University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX 1988
BS Nursing Mary College 1984

Feature Content

My favorite quote is from Helen Keller: "The best things in life cannot be seen or even heard, they must be felt with the heart."