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Dr. Theresa Kyle

Dr. Theresa Kyle, Adjunct Faculty

"Never give up. Always persist. If you want something, and you dedicate yourself to it, you can get it. We can achieve what we believe!"

Degrees Held:

  • DNP in Educational Leadership – American Sentinel University, 2017
  • MSN in Child Health – Emory University, 1995
  • BSN University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1984

Career Highlights:

  • Certified pediatric nurse practitioner with specialization in neurodevelopmental follow-up and primary care of the high-risk infant
  • Certified nurse educator
  • I have authored/co-authored 3 nursing undergraduate textbooks - 2 are in their 3rd edition, 1 in its 2nd edition - 2 have been adapted for use in Canada and have been translated into other languages

In which online program do you teach?

MSN

Which classes do you teach online?

NGR 6002, NGR 6715, NGR 6715L

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

I would like for students to add to their nursing knowledge and further develop skills and values to move into advanced practice or education.

Why did you start teaching?

I absolutely love students! Being able to share my passion for nursing is a blessing.

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

Never give up. Always persist. If you want something, and you dedicate yourself to it, you can get it. We can achieve what we believe!

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

Get organized early! Set up you entire schedule (family, work, school) and be sure to plan in enough time to complete reading, discussions, assignment, etc. Stay ahead of the game. Your best work and your best learning occurs when you actually put yourself into, not just scramble at the last minute!

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

There are too many good ones...

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

Successful registered nurses who want to go on to do something more, or something different should be doing it of the right reasons. LOVE what you do (or plan to do) and it will never be work. Commitment, motivation, and persistence are the keys.

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

Nursing always seems to have its challenges. The contemporary health care arena is complex, and rapidly evolving. Nurses at all levels must be dedicated to providing the highest quality care and to develop the problem-solving skills to do so. When the nurse is smart, efficient, and an excellent clinical reasoner, then dealing with business and bureaucracy of today's health care comes more easily.

Tell us a story.

When I was a brand new nurse in a children's hospital just coming off of orientation, I had the good fortune to care for a Cambodian immigrant couple's 8-month-old, 7 pound baby. The baby had a very rare disorder, and none had lived past the first year of life (at that point in time). He became my primary patient and I cared for him 5 days a week, for 14 months straight. Everyone said he would never go home with his required central line and TPN; they were poor, they were uneducated, they were immigrants, they were young, they didn't speak English. Well, I worked with them and they persisted. He went home and his mother provided excellent care. I last saw him when he was 16 years old and acting like a typical teen. His younger sister is named after me. I learned EVERYTHING about the importance of culture, diversity, inclusion, persistence, acceptance, and patient/family-centered care from that experience. I would go back to that time in an instant!

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