Assistant Professor of Nursing/Health
PhD(c), MSN, RN
16 years at Mercy Hospital prior to coming to Clarke in Fall 2008.
My teaching philosophy is grounded within my background in clinical practice and the concept of caring. I believe that the relationships we form are expressed through concern for the welfare of others. I believe that caring is expressed within a relationship of some form. I acknowledge that caring occurs in degrees of expression within a relationship and that caring can occur in a moment or throughout a lifetime. In my view, caring is a personal feeling rooted in concern for others and expressed in the relationship between persons or through the connections between humans and their environment, i.e. concern for peace, concern for animals, environmental concern, etc. Caring can be expressed in language through words or expression, or through actions such as personal nursing care; caring can also be expressed through music, visual or written art forms, through gifts or through forms of acknowledgement paid to other humans. I believe that caring requires relevance or connection to that which is cared for at a deep personal level and that caring is influenced by ethical values and beliefs.
CLARKE'S IMPACT ON RENEE
Clarke has been influential for my love of learning. The ability to expand my knowledge, almost on a daily bases, keeps this nurse on her toes. Incorporating the latest technology into the classroom and clinical setting provides the opportunity to educate the future nurses.
RENEE'S IMPACT ON STUDENTS
Learning is a dynamic process between student and the environment they are learning in. Learning is most effective and transferable when it takes place at the intersection of content and communication. Therefore, my teaching focuses on effectively conveying accurate information, using innovative communication techniques to foster learning. As an educator, I know that learning, in general, is a continuous and lifelong process. This brings the concept of active learning into the educational process. Students need to be actively involved in the learning process. In the profession of nursing, this ensures that nurses acquire clinical proficiency.
Movie – Hope Floats
Book – a variety of interests
Quote – “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” –Florence Nightingale
Class in college – Medical/Surgical nursing
Place traveled - Love the beach
Hobby – Knitting, reading, camping