I’ve always wanted to do something more with my nursing career ...
When Heather Stehr learned about her alma mater's online Master’s degree in nurse education, she knew it was meant to be.
“I’ve always wanted to do something more with my nursing career,” said Stehr, a full-time registered nurse in the cardiothoracic surgery department at Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City.
For Stehr, a 2006 Briar Cliff graduate who has two small children, an online program was the only way she could go back to school and balance family and work responsibilities. She read lectures online and completed her homework in early mornings or late evenings.
The online classes are comprised of lectures recorded by professors, posted lectures and discussion boards. Students participate in class discussions, submit assignments and take exams on their personal computers or tablets.
“When I got into practice, I really enjoyed teaching others, even new grads on the floor," said Stehr, whose ultimate goal is to teach nursing in a four-year program at a Siouxland college.
Nurse educators like Stehr will help solve a nationwide shortage of nursing faculty — which was a major factor in BCU’s decision to offer an online master's degree in nurse education.