Welcome to Nurs 5327 Analysis of Theories in NursingOnline. I look forward to working with each of you this semester.
Here is my introduction and brief summary about my nursing experiences. Initially, I practiced in the areas of obstetrical and high-risk obstetrical nursing. After receiving a master’s degree, I transitioned into nursing education. I have been a nurse educator for the past 22 years and have taught in both the undergraduate, graduate nursing programs and in childbirth education. In the undergraduate program, I have mainly taught pediatrics and faith community nursing. After earning a PhD, I began teaching in the graduate nursing program; teaching a variety of online courses that include professional role development, research, instructional methods and capstone. I also teach as an adjunct faculty for the University of Texas in their graduate nursing program.
Other responsibilities at Nebraska Methodist College include Director of Nursing, Special Programs; coordinating the Accelerated Nursing program (ACE), and the RN to BSN and the LPN to BSN Programs. I have also focused on Service Learning here in Nebraska, developing partnerships with several metropolitan schools (pre-school through high-school) and community agencies. I have served on the Immunization Task Force, World Refugee Day Committee and served as Vice President of the board for Interfaith Health Services. I have been a national leader in the area of Faith Community Nursing (FCN) and have written modules and edited the International Parish Nurse Resource Curriculum, co-authored the FCN Scope and Standards and co-developed the FCN portfolio recognition process. I co-authored an obstetrical and pediatric text book including the ancillary products and accompanying website: Ward, S. & Hisley, S., (2009). Maternal Child Nursing Care: Optimizing Outcomes for Mothers, Children & Families. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis. I have written another book called Pediatric Nursing Care Best - Evidence-Based Practices (2013) Philadelphia: F. A. Davis. I have published several journal articles on a variety of topics and served as an article reviewer for The Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Finally, I have co-written and received a variety of grants including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - New Careers in Nursing grant.
Dr. Susan Ward