What drives me as an educator and guides my teaching, learning, doing?

I love inspiring, coaching, and encouraging students to create and innovate independently, to think outside of the box and take risks~

I facilitate self-directed nursing education in my students by using learning technology. Utilizing technology in the learning process fosters engagement, excitement, and aids students in building a presence on the internet.

Here is an example assignment from my Transitions to Professional Nursing Practice!


You will create a presentation with your group utilizing the content objectives assigned and using a form creative technology media 

1.  Create a film, blog, website, podcast, Prezi, Thinglink, or Sway to complete the assignment objective.

2. Present the material at the beginning of the class next week each presentation should be no longer than 12 minutes per group.


Examples of Senior Level Student Nurse creations

C. Jew and C. Kennedy


 A. Nichols and T. Tran


N. Siryj


 K. Taylor and H. Ko




Marsha E. Nickerson February 07, 2018 @02:01 pm

HI Catlin and Susie, thank you for your comments!! I enjoy working with the students, but they always bark at the assignment and then come up with beautiful, creative, and relevant projects... I encourage them by telling them their work defines nursing, engages the public, and is a part of their legacy in the profession. The students receive points on the paper associated with their work, but their social media creation is their own and should be showcased for all to see.

Susie February 05, 2018 @07:15 pm

Marsha - I love that you engaged them right away in their independent projects. In what other ways are you engaging your students to think outside the box when it comes to nursing? I feel that nursing and other medical related profession is too strict and there is no room for creativity. I'm glad you are adding that creativity as part of their learning process.

Catlin Tucker February 03, 2018 @10:00 am

I love that you are encouraging your nursing students to think outside-of-the-box. I value that free thinking in my high school class, yet I am amazed how uncomfortable students are taking risks or deviating from a prescribed path. They want to know what is the "right way" to do something. When I articulate the purpose of an assignment or project but allow students to make key decisions about how to execute that assignment, most students freeze. They are afraid of doing it wrong. Teaching them to be comfortable in a place of uncertainty is challenging. At the high school level, I believe most of that fear is a result of our approach to grading and assessment. We are in a points-driven culture and students are less focused on developing their minds and more focused on accumulating points. If we are to embrace "outside-of-the-box" learning, then I think educators also need to explore outside-of-the-box assessments. How do you approach assessment in your nursing classes? Do you encounter resistance from students to think outside of the box? If so, how do you handle that?

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Renaissance Nurse

Marsha E. Nickerson


Learning Technologist


Registered Nurse





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