Dr. Teresa Huber Director of the MSN Program
"My personal value/belief system has always been to be compassionate and caring. This caring not only involves the patient’s physical health, but also their emotional health. In addition, I wished to share my nursing knowledge and experience with others. I chose to teach based on these value and belief systems."
- DNP – University of Kentucky
- MSN – Northern Kentucky University
- BSN – Bellarmine University
I have over 30 years' experience in both nursing education and administration. I have recently taught courses in both the BSN and DNP programs as an Assistant Professor and currently serve as the MSN Program Director. I am actively engaged with nursing professional organizations as well as regulatory agencies. I serve on the board of directors for the Kentucky Nurses Association and the Kentucky Board of Nursing. My research is in Tobacco Cessation, and I am involved in several projects regarding this topic. I also work with an underserved population at the Nurse Advocacy Center for the Underserved (NACU) in Covington, KY.
In which online degree program(s) do you teach?
Which class do you teach online?
DNP 806: Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation for Healthcare
What do you want students in your courses to learn? What is the learning outcome or objective?
This course provides the skills to conduct strategic analysis and planning for program development, implementation and evaluation within healthcare systems. The use of models and theories to enhance healthcare outcomes are incorporated. The student will analyze social, economic, demographic and technological trends and apply principles of strategic planning to implement and evaluate programs within the context of health and nursing care. The student will also integrate interprofessional skills to lead project teams in the development of sustainable programs.
Why did you start teaching?
My personal value/belief system has always been to be compassionate and caring. This caring not only involves the patient’s physical health, but also their emotional health. In addition, I wished to share my nursing knowledge and experience with others. I chose to teach based on these value and belief systems. I also believe I should serve as a role model and a mentor to those who will fill my shoes one day. I believe I should continue my own lifelong learning in order to enable my students to obtain the best education that I can offer.
What advice would you give to those considering this online program?
Active engagement in activities within the course is essential to accomplishing the outcomes/objectives. I employ various types of teaching strategies to enhance student learning including lecture, discussion, and web-based and web-enhanced learning activities.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in the field in which you teach?
In nursing, there must be a commitment to the patient, as well as self.
The Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements outlines characteristics of success in the nursing profession: respect for others, commitment to the patient, advocacy, accountability for practice, duty to self, contributing to the ethical practice of nursing, advancement of the profession, promotion of global health and promotion of our profession through professional organizations, and integration of social justice principles.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?
In nursing, we face many challenges, but we also have many opportunities for growth as a profession. Issues currently include healthcare access; patient safety, including safe patient staffing; embracing the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing report; encouraging the advancement of nursing education; nursing retention; and so much more.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
“Dreamland” by Sam Quinones
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.
I have traveled to Cuba with the Office of Education Abroad as a faculty member accompanying students to study healthcare in that country. I enjoyed the students and the learning environment, and plan to take students again.