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Linda Tibbits

Linda Tibbits, Lecturer

"I want students to learn where to search for information that is scholarly, evidence-based, and current in order to find answers to questions that arise in their practice."

Degrees Held:

  • MA in Nursing Education – Ball State University, 1984
  • BSN – Indiana University, 1978

Career Highlights:

Developing and leading the University of West Florida online RN-BSN program from about 10 students in 2008 to over 700 students during the spring term of 2017.

In which online program do you teach?

RN to BSN

Which classes do you teach online?

Currently lead instructor for NUR4286 Gerontological Nursing, NUR 4826 Law & Ethics in Nursing.

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

I want students to learn where to search for information that is scholarly, evidence-based, and current in order to find answers to questions that arise in their practice. I also like to have students relate that although they dislike the subject matter (i.e., gerontology), they've learned a lot!

Why did you start teaching?

I began teaching 32 years ago so it's a bit hard to remember the reason at that time. Today, I still enjoy developing a relationship with the student and seeing as they have that 'aha' moment, and following their adventures in their professional careers.

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

You learn from everyone.

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

Schedule your online learning time as if you were going to drive to campus, find a parking spot, go to class 3 times each week, and drive home. The great thing is this time can be from 7-10 pm or 2-5 am! Don't wait until the due date to begin an assignment. Log in early and often. Discover how to use the online library and the databases. Get the APA Manual.

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