Undergraduate clinical teaching is my primary educational focus. I have been teaching in the undergraduate program since 2009. Responsibilities have included clinical teaching in two core undergraduate nursing courses each semester and providing leadership as Course Coordinator for Adult I: Clinical Application. Adult II: Clinical Application concentrates on caring for acutely ill patients and consists of 135 clinical hours. As part of this course, I enjoy working with high fidelity simulation in the skills lab especially during the crisis simulation activities used as one of the teaching strategies. Incorporating repetitive review of ECG strips and ABG results further enhances student understanding. The second course, Adult I: Clinical Application, provides an opportunity for clinical application of nursing skills associated with the care of chronically ill adults; it also consists of 135 clinical hours. Both courses limit the number of students per rotation to 10 allowing for small group interaction between students and the faculty in the clinical setting and in the simulation center. After several years as a 60% part-time faculty appointment my academic commitment changed in Fall of 2013 to a full-time, nine month faculty appointment. In addition to increasing my academic commitment I became an active member of several committees including the Traditional Track Workgroup which focuses on undergraduate curriculum development, the Simulation Advisory Committee and the Investigating TeamSTEPPS Special Interest Group. Beginning Fall 2014 I served as a voting member of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies meetings and then became Chair for the 2015-2016 Academic year. Beginning Fall of 2016 I have reduced my workload and now concentrate on clinical teaching for Adult II only each semester.
My career has included clinical practice as an intensive care nurse in both Medical ICU and Surgical ICU settings and as a department manager/director of intermediate care, intensive care and long term acute care. I was involved as a member of the leadership team during the opening of Texan Heart Hospital, an ICU in Jourdanton Texas and the opening of a new free standing facility for LifeCare Hospitals of San Antonio. My career has provided opportunities which have enhanced my ability to communicate and interact positively with students and lend credibility in the clinical setting.