Cassandre Milien Clinical Coordinator
"Being a registered nurse has prepared me to be a teacher through my career experience and providing patient education on a daily basis."
- MSN — Purdue University, 2015
I worked as a Registered Nurse and provided tertiary care to a diverse population of medically–ill clients at a large medical center.
I rotated between many units including cardiac, med–surg, telemetry, orthopedic, colorectal, 24–hour Observation Unit in ER, and PACU.
I currently assist and participate in the development, organization and implementation of the philosophy, objectives, policies, procedures, and standards of nursing care in accordance with the goals of STU and the Department of Education.
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which class do you teach online?
NUR 421: Nursing Practice in Multicultural Society
What do you want students to learn in these classes?
Students will be able to evaluate cultural influences on health decision-making. They will be able to analyze models of cultural competence and strategies related to appropriate health communication, and discuss challenges and opportunities related to providing culturally competent nursing care to people from diverse populations.
What advice would you give to those considering the online RN to BSN program?
Since the course is only seven weeks, it is imperative that students dedicate the time to meet all their requirements. It is important to be engaged in the class and participate in discussions. It is essential to keep good communication with your instructor to facilitate your needs.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in nurse education?
To be successful as a RN to BSN faculty, it is required for the instructor's presence to be noticed in the online class by engaging students in discussion. It is also important to answer emails in a timely manner.
Why did you start teaching?
Being a registered nurse has prepared me to be a teacher through my career experience and providing patient education on a daily basis. I noticed that there was a need for quality nurses. When I would precept new nurses on the unit, they always asked me, "Why don't you teach?".
So that is exactly what I did after I received my MSN. I believed that I could be part of the solution for the nursing shortage by molding students into professional nurses for the betterment of the health care industry.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
Multicultural Health (2nd edition) by Lois A. Ritter and Donald H. Graham
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.
I love to travel!