I have been a professor of nursing at Avila University since 1998. Over the years I have taught many courses in medical-surgical nursing, pharmacology, foundations, and community health. I have also taught students in clinical courses in a medical-surgical acute care setting. During the summer term, I co-teach a course on global health.
My clinical experience over the past 49 years has been varied and includes staff nursing, supervisory and administrative nursing roles, as well as nursing education. I have worked in critical care, telemetry, cardiac care, orthopedics, and home health.
I participate in a variety of volunteer activities in the community. This past year I have assisted with several Covid-19 mass vaccination clinics. I am also a League of American Bicyclists cycling instructor, teach courses in bicycle safety, and lead a weekly recreational bicycle ride.
I attended the University of Kansas and received a B.A. in Human Development and Family Life (1974), a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1977), and a Master of Science in Nursing (1996). I was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society in 1977.
I was chosen the 2004-2005 Avila University Professor of the Year.
One of my main hobbies is cycling and I have completed many long-distance, self-supported bicycle tours over the past several years, my longest being about 1,800 miles. In addition, I enjoy gardening and just about anything that keeps me outside.