I obtained an associate degree from Blue Mountain Community College in 1990, and have worked full-time in nursing since that time. I completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of New Mexico, and am currently completing a doctoral degree with Concordia University-Portland. I initially got involved in educating nurses in the clinical area because I recognized that there was a shortage of nurses, and that nurses needed to be educated to practice with a higher level of responsibility and professionalism. Expectations for nurses has consistently increased, and nursing educators need to respond to that trend. I want to be a part of the solution to a broken healthcare system. Additionally, becoming a nurse had improved my life and the lives of my family. I am pleased to to be a part of other’s success stories!