My career did not take me along the path that I thought it would when I began nursing school. I obtained my BSN from Deaconess College of Nursing in 2003. During nursing school, I began working as a student tech on a post-operative surgical floor. I continued on that unit upon graduation as a staff nurse, and eventually as a Care Team Coordinator (charge nurse). I enjoyed patient care and the teaching that went along with it, and soon began assisting with unit-based education. This eventually led to being a Clinical Educator, and then an Education Consultant that covered multiple entities within SSM. In this role, I not only did annual and ongoing competency validation, but was a member of the team that created the graduate nurse residency program and preceptor model. Leadership had always been a goal of mine, so I began the MSN in Nursing Leadership at Webster University and graduated in 2016. I had the opportunity to work as a Team Leader for an orthopedic and surgical unit for several years during this time. I enjoyed this role, however I had young children at home. Seeking a better work life balance, I moved to a Clinical Support Nurse role on an acute inpatient adult psychiatric unit. I absolutely fell in love with this patient population! After several years, I began teaching full time at UMSL in the undergraduate program. I recently completed my DNP and PMHNP post-master’s certificate from UMSL in 2021. I now teach in the DNP program at UMSL and work as a PMHNP in an outpatient office, inpatient units, and at a behavioral health urgent care.
Post-Graduate Certificate, PMHNP, University of Missouri- St. Louis, 2021
DNP, University of Missouri- St. Louis, 2021
MSN, Webster University, 2016
BSN, Deaconess College of Nursing, 2003
I am passionate about caring for women’s mental health through their reproductive years. I am currently obtaining certification in perinatal mental health.
Poster Presentation: Recruiting and Retaining Graduate Nurses through Innovative Nursing Academy; 15th Annual Midwest Regional Nursing Educators Conference 2010, University of Missouri- Columbia, 2010
Poster Presentation: Identification of Veterans Experiencing Symptoms of Mental Illness for the First Time after COVID-19 Diagnosis; MU Extension and Engagement Week 2021, University of Missouri- Columbia , 2021
The Baccalaureate degree and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and the post graduate APRN certificate program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Colleges of Nursing Education. The baccalaureate degree program is approved by the Missouri Board of Nursing; all programs are approved by the Higher Learning commission.