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Dr. Crystal Bennett

Dr. Crystal Bennett, Instructor and Assistant Chair

"I was a preceptor in the clinical arena and enjoyed mentoring students to become better nurses. I was also inspired by my UWF RN-BSN Professor, Dr. Marilyn Lamborn, to give back to my profession by becoming an educator."

Degrees Held:

  • PhD – University of Florida, 2014
  • MSN – University of South Alabama, 2003
  • BSN – University of West Florida, 1997
  • ADN – Pensacola Junior College, 1995

Career Highlights:

  • Served 3 terms as President of Upsilon Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Published first research study article in 2017

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In which online programs do you teach?

RN to BSN, MSN

Which classes do you teach online?

Gerontological Nursing, Integration of Evidence in Advanced Nursing Practice

What do you want students to learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

How to apply theoretical knowledge into your own nursing practice.

Why did you start teaching?

I was a preceptor in the clinical arena and enjoyed mentoring students to become better nurses. I was also inspired by my UWF RN-BSN Professor, Dr. Marilyn Lamborn, to give back to my profession by becoming an educator. She was the one who also offered me my teaching job here at the UWF.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?

This comes from the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – "Seek first to understand, then to be understood."

What's the best advice you could give to online students?

Schedule time on your calendar for your online courses and keep the appointment.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

Team player, advocate, critical thinker, and caring.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in nursing face today?

Prevention of job burnout.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.

I love watching and attending college football games! I have season tickets to UWF games and even took my son last year to see his favorite team, Auburn Tigers. Sports are such a big part of my life that I even have a room at my house that we call the "Sports Room." We have sports memorabilia on the walls and we gather there to watch events. Dallas Cowboys, Florida Gators, UWF, and other teams are represented in our room.

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