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Dr. Jenny Erkfitz, Adjunct Faculty

"Innovation and technology improve constantly, meaning changes in healthcare are inevitable, and a part of our daily life. We have to learn to go with it, and make the necessary adjustments to our practice."

Degrees Held:

  • EdD – Aspen University, expected date: 2018
  • MSN – Aspen University, 2013
  • BSN – Indiana University, 2007
  • BS Healthcare Administration – American InterContinental University, 2005
  • AAS Management – American InterContinental University, 2004

Career Highlights:

Spent 10 years in the banking industry before becoming a nurse

Practice background is adult critical care. Served as code consult nurse and on rapid response team. Resource RN for emergency, PACU, endoscopy, ICU, and step down units.

In which online program do you teach?

RN to BSN

Which classes do you teach online?

Transitions, Community Health Education

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

I want my students to have a deeper understanding of our profession, to positively impact their peers and the lives they touch in practice and everyday life.

Why did you start teaching?

To have a bigger impact on our profession. I want new nurses to love nursing as much as I do, and to realize that lifelong learning is essential to our practice.

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

Never say you can't do something, instead say you don't yet know how to do it and want to learn.

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

Never stop learning!

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts by The Awkward Yeti and Nick Seluk

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession you teach?

Never take yourself too seriously and never stop learning about your specialty.

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

Innovation and technology improve constantly, meaning changes in healthcare are inevitable, and a part of our daily life. We have to learn to go with it, and make the necessary adjustments to our practice.

Tell us a story.

When I was finishing my first degree in finance, I took a biology class. That one class and that one professor made me realize that I was in the wrong field. I changed my major to Healthcare Management and started looking at second degree nursing programs. Then, my branch was robbed. The entire staff was held at gunpoint by three robbers. The incident lasted less than 5 minutes, but I ended up leaving my job as the branch manager to pursue a career at the hospital. I went to a nursing job fair, even though I had not even been admitted into the nursing program. That day I met my future director, and my mentor. She asked me why I wanted to be a nurse and I told her about what I had learned in the biology course and how I wanted to use science to make a difference in people's lives. Starting that very week, I worked in the adult critical care unit, first as a unit secretary, then a patient care tech, then a student nurse, and finally a nurse. I will never take for granted the difference one professor can make in a student's life.

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