I have been a psychiatric nurse since 1973. I teach in a small liberal art college, Linfield College, and work part time at Portland Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program with my therapy dog, Josey (on my left in my photo). My other dog, Haydn, is Josey's own therapy project to help him overcome his first 16 months of abuse before I adopted him. I highly value teaching psychiatric nursing from the perspective of a practicing nurse. This makes me a very busy person because teaching is a more than 40 hr/wk job and my clinical practice is supposed to be 10 hrs that stretches to 15 hours/wk at least. I enjoy working with folks with difficult problems in their lives and seeing them blossom and grow out of the mud of their existence. I work with folks with Axis II diagnoses, trauma, substance abuse, and family violence.
In my teaching capacity I am currently teaching in a baccalaureate program with many second degree students and RN-BSN students. Their enthusiasm, no BS attitudes are just right for me. They challenge me to think beyond the status quo, which I like to do and it creates more work to do. I live in Portland, Oregon where we have droughts in the summer and rain in the winter. I love the culture of the Pacific Northwest. There is nothing like it.