I am passionate about tutoring because it provides an opportunity to empower a student and help them to realize their strengths and combat their fears of learning and testing. While in nursing school, the second semester I failed. I sought help from instructors which was helpful for me to have the one-on-one time. I was afraid to ask questions during class and I had test anxiety. I did not know "how to study". I had to teach myself how to "read a textbook" without highlighting every single sentence; I had to teach myself how to "study"; how to "take tests" and how to decrease my test anxiety.
As a result, as an instructor I never forget all of my anxiety, fears, and challenges of being a student and I teach being empathetic to students who have those same challenges I had. Whenever preparing lectures, I put myself in the student's place and tailor my lectures, so the material is easy to follow and understand. When teaching, I always look at my student's non-verbal behavior and facial expressions to ascertain if the material is understood or if they missed the point. I don't continue to move on, until ALL of the students are on the same page and understand. I create the learning environment to enhance learning and empower the student to believe in themselves. I expect the student to be prepared for class by reading, completing homework assignments prior to lecture. My students received partially completed chapter outlines. While reading, they would fill in the outline from the assigned text. It is my belief if you have prepared for lecture by reading and outlining the chapter before class, you can listen more than write during class. As a result, the information would be easy to learn.
My careers include Firefighter/Paramedic, Battalion Chief of Training Firefighters and Community Education; Fire Chief; Flight Nurse, Critical Care and Emergency Room Nurse.
I have been a Nurse for twenty-two years and continue to teach as an adjunct instructor for Barnes-Jewish School of Nursing as well as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
I earned my Doctor in Nursing Practice in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse practitioner this past spring. I also have two Associate Degrees in Applied Science in Paramedic Technology and Nursing; two Bachelor Degrees of Science in Business Administration and Nursing; and Master of Arts in Management. I have taught Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic classes for over one decade along with Firefighter I and II, Fire Service Management Courses, and Fire Service Instructor Courses. I have published various health related articles: Care of Brain Injured Patients, Geriatric Trauma; and articles in Emergency Preparedness.
I tutor NCLEX, AANP, allied health courses (ACLS, PALS), human anatomy or human
pathophysiology, Adult Nursing, EMT, Paramedic, Firefighter Essentials. I am open to additional topics within my educational background and experience.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Sterling College - Bachelor in Business Administration, Business Administration and Management
Graduate Degree: University of Phoenix - Master in Management, Business Administration and Management
My hobbies include playing the piano for fun. listening to jazz music and reading.
AACN - American Association of Colleges of Nursing
AANP - American Association of Nurse Practitioners
ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
Study Skills and Organization