Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning. We also have a son, Alexander, born July 3, 2006. Alex is being raised with a good mix of science and art! Finally, our household is rounded out with our two dogs. Herbie, our pug, was born in 2000 and is starting to show his age. Zelda, our yorkie, is a few years younger and is still very (sometimes way too) adventurous!
I have a diverse clinical background. Immediately after graduating I started working on an inpatient general pediatrics floor for The Children's Hospital at Saint Francis in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After two years I transitioned to a position as Data and Reporting Coordinator for the PICU, recording certain data points for every admission into the PICU. This data was reported to NACHRI (National Association for Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions) for a national benchmarking program to improve quality of care. During this time I was also a full-time student in the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Master's in Nursing Education program and worked as a graduate assistant, first as a research assistant and then as a teaching assistant.
After graduating with my master's in nursing education with a clinical emphasis in community health, I immediately started in a PhD program at Texas Woman's University. I also took a position at Langston University, my BSN alma mater, as a nursing instructor teaching Issues in Minority Health along with clinicals for Health Assessment and Pediatrics. I then moved to a tenure track position at Tulsa Community College teaching BSN students in their new collaborative BSN program, a joint curriculum between TCC and the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. I soon also started teaching ADN students in the simulation lab as the lab coordinator for second semester students learning basic skills.
As I mentioned, I was a doctoral student while teaching. My university began a fellowship program and I was invited to become a fellow in the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. This paid for my education while also providing a very generous stipend. In return, I had to commit to not work full-time and to provide educational guidance and expertise to our partner hospital, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton. I worked in a variety of part-time positions during this time to supplement my income. I stopped my participation in the fellowship for one academic year when I served as Nursing Program Director for the Tulsa campus of Platt College.
Now, as if this doesn't sound like enough, my husband decided to start a doctoral program and resign from his museum position. His program was in Norman, OK, two hours from our home. After basically living apart for one year, we made the decision to move closer to Norman and live together again. This meant I had to resign as Program Director but I was able to return to my GAANN fellowship. I again worked part-time in a variety of settings including health promotion, hospice, and the city-county jail. As my husband finished course work, I was excited when he applied for a position at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art because of the opportunity for me to teach at Elmira College!