Nursing education began at WKU with an Associate of Science in Nursing (1980), Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (2005), Master of Science with emphasis in Nursing Education (2008), and Doctorate in Educational Leadership with emphasis in organizational leadership (2015).
Teaching experience began with WKU School of Nursing Associate of Science nursing program in 2007, and continues with the Baccalaureate of Science nursing program since 2009. Teaching experience includess Fundamentals of Nursing, Transcultural Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing I and II, and senior clinical practicum courses.
Nursing practice includes 28 years in local hospitals: emergency department, level one post-anesthesia care unit, same day surgical services, medical-surgical units, patient education, and staff development. Current community activites include coordinating and teaching multiple American Heart Association (BLS, ACLS, and PALS) and Emergency Nursing Association (TNCC) programs annually.
Research interests include incivility in nursing education, ATV safety in adolescents, nursing leadership, and rural health and safety.
Memberships include the American Nurses Association and Kentucky Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society, National League for Nurses, and the Emergency Nurses Association.