2017 Nurse Educator Winners
Katherine began her nursing career after receiving an associate’s degree in nursing from Olney Central College (Olney, Ill.), a bachelor’s degree of nursing and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama School of Nursing (Mobile, Ala.), and a doctorate of nursing practice in public health nurse leadership from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst College of Nursing and is active in her community senior centers and local homeless shelter.
She is also a certified clinical nurse specialist in public health and serves as a clinical and theory faculty member in the population-focused nursing courses in both the traditional and RN-BSN programs at LSUHSC School of Nursing. She has experience in orthopedics, pediatrics, and medical-surgical nursing, along with extensive experience in home health and hospice. Katherine also has experience as a health facilities surveyor with the Department of Health and Hospitals — Health Standards Section. She has received the DAISY Faculty Award from LSUHSC School of Nursing and is active in her community senior centers and local homeless shelter.
Stephanie Pierce, PhD, MN, RN, CNE, nominated Katherine for the award. She says she’s especially impressed with Katherine’s expertise in professional communication. “Dr. Carter is a strong professional role model and models the school of nursing’s core values on a daily basis.”
Stephanie says she is also impressed by Katherine’s professionalism as a nurse in general. “Dr. Carter has a very personal sense of ethics. She is a skilled nurse and practices in public health service through volunteering and organizing health fairs, vision and hearing screenings, and mediation counseling to name a few. She also does health counseling in her community and practices faith-based nursing.”
In 2011, Kristie earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (Greensboro, N.C.). During her undergraduate schooling, she joined organizations such as Sigma Theta Tau International and Chi Eta Phi to help develop her personal and professional nursing skills and clarified the role of what being a registered nurse was and the life-long learning it required. She initially worked as a medical-surgical nurse at the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center (Cheverly, Md.). Later, she decided to pursue a career in nursing education and received a master of science in nursing degree with a concentration in nursing education from Towson University (Towson, Md.).
In February 2016, she was hired for her first nursing education position as an assistant professor of nursing at Trinity Washington University (TWU) in Washington, D.C. While in this position, Kristie gained skills in student advisement, curriculum development, scholarship, the art of teaching, and more. She currently teaches various courses in the university’s prelicensure nursing program.
Colleague Carrie O'Reilly, Ph.D., MSN, BSN, also an assistant professor of nursing at Trinity, said one of the reasons Kristie stands out from the crowd is her ability to improve nursing students’ communication skills. “Kristie makes the concept of therapeutic communication come alive with requiring that students go into the community and begin interviewing seniors — not family members — in their communities,” Carrie explains. “She has them complete a social history exercise. The students are so afraid to begin speaking with clients that simply having them approach someone and begin dialogue is monumental. The students always return from the experience excited about what they have learned, and the seniors love the opportunity to share their life experience with our students. It is, in every way, a win-win approach.”
Lori began her career in nursing after earning a bachelor of science in nursing and a master of science in nursing from The Ohio State University (OSU) (Columbus, Ohio). In addition to her role as assistant professor at Mount Carmel, she works as a nurse practitioner in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at OSU. Lori has been teaching for more than 20 years and has experience in maternal-health nursing, community health nursing, women’s health, and the skills lab. Lori says she is passionate about teaching and strives to utilize a variety of teaching methods and active-learning strategies to ensure that all types of learners have the opportunity to understand what they are being taught.
Ashley Graves, MSN, RN, also an instructor at Mt. Carmel and Lori’s nominator, described how Lori goes to great lengths to help open students’ eyes to the barriers that different cultures and nationalities face when they enter a healthcare setting. In clinical situations, Lori requires students “to look for signs and information that would help someone from various cultures or nationalities,” Ashley adds. “They must talk to people when they enter the healthcare setting in which they choose to visit. I hear the students talk about how eye-opening the experience is for them and how they have never thought about these challenges.”
Peter completed his prelicensure nursing education at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC.) and his graduate education in the United States. He earned a doctorate in health sciences with a concentration in global health from A.T. Still University (Kirksville, Mo.), the world’s first osteopathic medical school. Since 2007, he has taught a wide range of courses, including critical care, mental health nursing, advanced medical-surgical concepts, community and public health nursing, and nursing research. His scholarly interests include nursing education, transcultural care, sociology of health and education, and global health.
Garry Johnson, MS, RN, DHSc, CCRN, MSRN, BSN, a faculty member at Evergreen Valley College (San Jose, Calif.), nominated Peter for the award. He described how Peter “is a fine example of how to ‘be a nurse’ in a complicated world.
“It’s hard to imagine any nurse who embodies the spirit of ethical nursing more than Peter,” Garry wrote in his nomination of Peter. “He is an advocate for patients, students, and other faculty. He selflessly serves his community. He is honest, integrity-driven, and accountable. He is the reason why nurses are trusted by the public.”
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Tara A. Benko,
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Ivy Tech Community College
Jones County Junior College
Wichita State University
Clearfield County Career And Technology Center
Santa Barbara City College
Dr. Terri Liberto,
La Roche College
Rasmussen College School of Nursing
Missouri Western State University
Mt. San Jacinto College
Kent State University
Chester Career College
Ann Marie Kopeikin,
Santa Barbara City College
Northwestern State University – Cenla Campus
South Tech Academy
Salve Regina University
Portland Community College