Sometimes the right teacher makes all the difference. Just ask West Coast University-Ontario Nursing Dean Diane Morey.
In high school, Morey "didn't care much" for biology and ended up starting college as an art major.
"That was going to be my career … but at the same time I got into a biology course," Morey said, adding that the way the instructor both taught the subject and tested the class about the information really connected with her.
"My college course was incredible," she said. "And I told myself, 'I'm going to do something in the health field' once I got into that class — so that's how it all started."
Tell us about your experience as a nurse educator
I have over 30 years of experience as a registered nurse with a nursing background that includes working in adult medical-surgical intensive care, pediatrics, pediatric and neonatal intensive care and as a school nurse. My teaching experience has ranged from beginning to advanced medical surgical nursing as well as pediatrics and obstetrical nursing at the associate degree level to bachelor and master degree courses. I have taught in both face-to-face and online environments at all levels of nursing education. I have held positions as nursing department chair, nursing assistant director, nursing program director, assistant dean of allied health and as vice president of academic affairs for health science education, overseeing a variety of programs. I am passionate about both nursing and education.
What's your educational background?
I have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and another in health science with an emphasis on environmental and occupational health. My master’s degree in nursing has a dual focus in nursing education and as a parent-child clinical specialist. I have a California Public Health Nurse certificate, completed a school nurse services credential and a quality assurance certificate. My PhD in education has a specialization of instructional design for online learning. My dissertation is titled "Effectiveness of Web-Based Animated Pedagogical Agents: Facilitating Critical Thinking of Nursing Students." I have published an article in Nursing Education Perspectives and presented at conferences on this topic.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Chicago but have lived in Southern California, where I met my husband and raised my sons. More recently, I have lived in Virginia. I love to travel and a few of the locations I've been include Europe, Canada, Mexico, China, the Caribbean and South Africa. I have been to all but six states in the U.S.