Career Advisor: Curriculum Design
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Cynthia McCoy PhD, RN, BC, CNE – Cynthia McCoy has a clinical background in critical care nursing, acute care and rural nursing. She has been a nurse educator for 13 years, teaching fundamentals of nursing, pathophysiology, and critical care nursing at the undergraduate level and nursing informatics at the graduate level. Her doctorate is in instructional leadership with an emphasis on instructional technology. She also has a Master’s degree in Foundations of Adult Education as well as Adult Health nursing. She holds certification in Nursing Informatics and the Certified Nurse Educator credential from the National League for Nursing. She has leadership experience in curriculum development and faculty mentoring. She has experience in grant writing, and enjoys mentoring junior faculty in the grant writing process as well as in the preparation of abstracts for presentations and publications. Her research interests include faculty development and student retention. Dr. McCoy has served as the secretary, counselor and president of the Iota Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.
Deborah Raines PhD, RN, ANEF - Dr. Raines is a Perinatal Nurse Specialist and has held a variety of positions in nursing practice and academic settings. Her passion is the care of pregnant women, families and neonates. She has served on a variety of committees and boards and was a member of the science team that authored the AWHONN Neonatal Skin Care Guidelines. Her doctoral dissertation, the Values Influencing Neonatal Nurses Choices in Ethical Dilemmas, received the STTI regional dissertation award. Dr. Raines’ current research interests span three primary areas: perinatal nursing, innovative and creative educational/curriculum strategies and the health-related quality of life and experience of bariatric surgery. Dr. Raines teaches across all levels and is active in the education of preceptors in the practice setting. She presents at national and regional conferences and has more than 70 publications in peer reviewed journals, books and educational materials. Dr. Raines has received a number of awards for her teaching including the Florida Atlantic University Distinguished Teacher of the Year. Dr. Raines is a distinguished practitioner in the National Academies of Practice and a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education.
Dorette Welk PhD, MSN, RN - Educator and Consultant in Nursing Education and Scholarship. Dr. Welk has more than 30 years of teaching at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. She holds a PhD from Penn State University in Higher Education with a cognate area of teaching and learning, an MSN in Medical-Surgical Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BSN from D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY. Since 2002, she has also taught graduate courses online for Bloomsburg University and the University of Phoenix Online and can help both teachers and students adapt to this medium. She can facilitate consideration of issues that relate to career changes such as transitioning from (or adding) the role from nurse educator from a clinical practice role and is very familiar with the research process and how the nurse needs to examine published research and databases in order to implement evidence-based practice. She has recently published in the areas of teaching, evidence-based practice and online education. She enjoys working with others to define and expand their approaches to successful scholarship outcomes in faculty roles.