Deborah Charvat Nurse Practitioner
"Nothing worthwhile is easy, but the rewards are many."
- Nurse Practitioner — Ball State University, 2009
- MSN — University of Phoenix, 2007
- BSN and BA Math/Computer Science — D'Youville College, 1986
I have worked on a medical floor, telemetry unit, CCU, and in PACU. I have worked as charge nurse, assistant head nurse, on quality council, as a BLS instructor, and as an office RN over the course of my career.
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which class do you teach online?
NUR 411: Transition to Professional Nursing
Why did you start teaching?
I have always enjoyed helping fellow nurses grow in the profession and reach their goals.
What advice would you give to those considering this degree program?
Do not be afraid of starting the RN to BSN program. Nothing worthwhile is easy, but the rewards are many. You can succeed. Communicate with your instructors. We are here to help you reach your BSN goal. Remember to care for yourself during this journey.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in this field?
Patience, communication, caring, and staying current in nursing. This is a dynamic profession, and we affect the lives of our patients and families more than we may realize.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
There are actually two. Both are by Mitch Albom. The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.
I love camping and traveling.
What do you want students to learn in these classes?
This course is an introduction to the RN to BSN program. You will explore some of the theorists who came before us and how they helped shape professional nursing. You will gain a better understanding of the need for cultural competency and evidence-based practice. Students will get a basic understanding of APA format and professional writing.