Assistant Professor of Nursing; Director of Graduate Nursing Studies
Degrees earned: Doctor
of Nursing Practice; Master of Science in Nursing as Family Nurse Practitioner;
Post Master’s Certificate as a Certified Nurse Midwife; Master of Arts in
Franciscan Studies; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, double major in theology.
experience: Family nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife for over
20 years; as a preceptor and clinical Instructor for the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University and Clarke University.
As a nurse practitioner I have devoted my career to serving underserved
individuals and families. I believe strongly in the dignity of every person and
the right of every individual for excellent health care. I believe all persons
deserve access to the basics needs of food, shelter and medicine.
I have the privilege of teaching and shaping nurse
practitioners for the future. NPs are in an excellent position to provide
exceptional primary care to all people. Through teaching, this passion for
learning and caring can be transmitted to every student. The women and men I
teach are my future colleagues. Together we can make a difference in the lives
and health of many persons and families. My goal is to help students become
knowledgeable about the advanced nursing field, but also to instill dedication
to health care access, advocacy for the underserved, and shape leaders for our
community. As advanced practice nurses, we are always learning and updating. I
hope this initial program of study will engender continuous enthusiasm for all
a career in nursing brings.
I work in graduate studies and believe in adult learning.
Teaching hybrid courses requires students to be motivated and self-directed in
their learning. The students I work with have accumulated life experiences and
are already respected nurses in their field. I learn as much from them as I
hope they do from me; a mutual respect underlines teaching and working with the
students on doctoral projects.
Clarke’s impact on
Ann: The ability to work in a faith-based environment allows me to
integrate my life and my beliefs with my professional life.
Ann’s impact on
students: An opportunity to pass on a passion for helping all people, to
solve health care puzzles, to make a difference in the lives of people
Quote – “Preach
always; if necessary, use words.” St. Francis of Assisi
Class in college
– When I did my classes in Franciscan Studies, just for me
Place traveled – Assisi,
Gardening, caring for animals (especially cats), music