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Mrs. Bourne graduated from Saint Francis College in Fort Wayne, IN in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Western Kentucky University in 2012. She is currently considering her options for a Doctorate program.
She began teaching her teaching career in 2003 when she taught a clinical section for Licensed Practical Nurses for Kentucky Community and Technical College Services (KCTCS) for one semester. She returned to teaching in 2011 for Western Kentucky University as a part-time clinical instructor for Medical-Surgical II. She became a full-time instructor in August 2013 and continues to teach Medical-Surgical II.
Mrs. Bourne’s nursing experience includes time spent as a charge nurse/staff nurse in extended care facilities, as an ICU nurse in a small community hospital, as a flight nurse for Air-Evac, as an Emergency Room nurse and as a House Supervisor. She currently holds her Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) credential and her Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) credential. She also holds certifications in Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC). She is an active instructor (as well as holding certifications) in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS). She continues to stay current in practice as an Emergency Room nurse and House Supervisor.
Mrs. Bourne’s membership affiliations include American Nurses Association (ANA), Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA), Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), International Association of Health Care Professionals (IAHCP), National League for Nurses (NLN), and Sigma Theta Tau-Kappa Theta Chapter. She is currently serving a term on KNA’s Research and Education Cabinet and has been re-elected to a second term.
Her research interests include occupational health (specifically commercial truck drivers) and obesity, the effects of simulation use by nursing students, and medication errors by licensed nurses.