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Faculty, Master of Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs
Alumna, Mount Carmel College of Nursing

What inspired you to become a nurse (or educator)?

Originally, I wanted to be a veterinarian. I had been accepted to the Ohio State University for undergraduate (pre-vet studies). However, I received a full academic scholarship to a local community college and threw it away. My mom found it and told me she would not pay for OSU since I could go to community college for free. I chose nursing as my new major thinking some of the science classes would transfer later. I found that I enjoyed nursing very much, though, and I have dedicated the last 26 years to the profession, I always loved precepting in my clinical role, so when I had the opportunity to enter academia as faculty, I was so excited!

What do you love about teaching?

I love seeing the “AHA” moments when the students finally make connections with the learning content. Witnessing the moment that everything just clicks, is amazing.

What is the best thing about Mount Carmel College of Nursing?

The culture of support among faculty, staff, and students. It is the kind of place that makes you want to be the best possible version of yourself.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Family always comes first. Never leave without saying "I love you."

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in nursing?

It will be difficult, but it will also be worth it!

Why Choose Us


student-to-faculty ratio


of graduates employed within 12 months (2021 grads)


2023 NCLEX-RN pass rate