Assistant Clinical Professor

Assistant Clinical Professor


Doctor of Nursing Practice from Valparaiso University (2010-2012)
Master of Science in Nursing from Loyola University of Chicago (1979-1984)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loyola University of Chicago (1970-1975)

Professional Affiliations

American Heart Association
American Nurses' Association
Society of Pediatric Nurses

Licensure and Board Certification

  • Professional Registered Nurse
    State of Illinois 1975-Present
    State of Indiana 2004-Present
  • Professional Advanced Practice Nurse
    Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist - Board Certified
    State of Illinois 2002-Present

Scholarship/Research Interests

Current scholarship/research:

  • Improving the Accuracy of Pediatric Medication Administration utilizing Simulated Scenarios with BSN Nursing Students
    Valparaiso University, Doctoral Evidence-based Practice Project, 2012

Previous scholarship/research:

  • Normal Saline vs. Heparin Flushes in Pediatric Population (participant)
    Children’s Memorial Hospital, national multi-site study, 1994
  • An Observational Study of the self-Perceptions of Clinical Competency in New and Experienced Pediatric Staff Nurses
    Loyola University, Thesis, 1984
  • A Correlation Between Supervisors’ and Associate, Diploma and Baccalaureate Nurses’ Perceptions of Clinical Competency with One to Three Years Clinical Experience in Pediatric Nursing
    Loyola University, research study, 1981

Teaching Interests/Courses Taught

  • Fosters learning environments that are non-threatening thus maximizing the potential for critical thinking and decision making.
  • Creative in design and implementation of educational courses/programs and uses this to develop teaching expertise in others.
  • Fosters relationships among health care providers through tactful and diplomatic communication creating an environment rich for positive exchange of expertise.
  • Uses analytical and critical thinking prior to making or acting on decisions.
  • Allocates time and resources to maximize productivity and outcomes.
  • Develops students/staff to reach individual potential by quietly supporting them through a mentor relationship.
    • General Pediatric Courses (Nursing 300 level)
      Pediatric Physical Assessment
      Growth and Development through the Lifespan
      Nutritional Needs of Children
      Musculoskeletal Dysfunction
      Hematological/Immunological Dysfunction
      Care of a Child with Cancer
      Care of Infants and Children with Gastrointestinal Alterations
      Pediatric Medications-Fluid and Calorie Considerations
      Care of a Child with Chronic Illness or a Cognitive Deficit
      Care of a Child with Cardiovascular Dysfunction
      Pediatric Math Workshop with simulation and scenarios
      Medication Math Competency (wrote scenarios & validated math exams)
      Purdue University, College of Nursing, Junior Level Course

Selected Publications

  • Contributing author, McGraw - Hill Clinical Care Plans: Pediatric Nursing, McGraw - Hill Publisher, Abuse/Neglect care plan, 1995.
  • Co-author, CPR Techniques and Safety for your Child. Parent Teaching Booklet. Children’s Memorial Medical Center, 1992.
  • Co-author, Self-Directed Learning Modules: Administration of Medications and Pharmacology. Nursing Orientation materials. Children’s Memorial Medical Center, 1983-1995.
  • Author, Chapter 28, Caring for the Child with an Endocrinological or Metabolic Condition, in textbook by Susan Ward and Shelton M. Hisley, Maternal Child Nursing Care: Optimizing Outcomes for Mothers, Children & Families, Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 2009.
  • Contributing author, Evidence-Based Pediatric Practice, Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 2012.

Selected Awards and Honors

Sigma Theta Tau - Zeta Epsilon Chapter (2012)
American Heart Association-
Certificate of Achievement-20 years as CPR Instructor