I have been a psychiatric nurse since 1973. I am retired after teaching and practicing psychiatric-mental health nursing for over 40 years. I maintain Professor Emerita from Linfield College and was a PMHNP at Portland Dialectical Behavior Therapy Institute with my therapy dog, Rossa, for 12 yeaers. I highly value teaching psychiatric nursing from the perspective of a practicing nurse. 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 personality disorders, trauma, substance abuse, and family violence. I currently reserve my teaching time to the APNA Suicide Prevention Training program, both in the workshops and the Facilitator Training. 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.