I am most interested in advocating for nurses. My research interests surround patient safety, communication, and nurse education. My goal as a nurse educator is to send empathetic, competent nurses into the workforce who are passionate about nursing as a profession and career, not just a job.
Top Scholarly Accomplishments
Last year, I had the honor of presenting the results of my qualitative systematic review at the Sigma Theta Tau Biennial International Convention. The presentation prompted thoughtful discussion about BSN completion patterns and successes. The results of this research have also been published in Global Qualitative Nursing Research.
This is my first assistant professor position. I most recently worked as a Research Nurse for University of Missouri on a two-year project funded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Prior to that, I did adjunct clinical instructing for Ozarks Technical Community College. I worked as a staff nurse at both Cox South, and Select Specialty Hospital. I also did travel nursing and worked in Arizona, Connecticut, and Oregon.
Springfield, Missouri—5th generation. Both of my parents graduated from here and my grandfather attended Greenwood and taught Geography here.
I enjoy spending time with my family—my husband Martin, step-son Tanner, and son Archer along with our 5 year old labradoodle keep me busy and entertained! I am always improving my yoga practice and we enjoy traveling as much as possible.
Future Goals and Aspirations
After I complete and defend my dissertation research, I can't wait to ignite a passion for research and evidence-based practice among our MSU nursing students. Nursing science is always evolving and improving and it's because of nursing research and a commitment to take care of our patients to the best of our ability. I am also very interested in strongly influencing and perhaps, redefining, the culture of nursing in our Springfield community.
Life Outside the University
I am very active in the Junior League of Springfield. I served as a chair of The Plaid Door committee last year and am assistant chair of the Placement committee. Being an active member of this organization has enabled me to reconnect with Springfield and our community's needs.