Sally Urban, Associate Faculty in Nursing, Eureka Campus
What do you love most about teaching at CR?
I love teaching at CR because of the deep sense of community, both on and off campus, that our college provides to students. On campus we are deeply committed to our students' success and work together with each other to provide excellence in student support and resources. As a nurse who has worked in the community for over 30 years, the ability to remain connected to colleagues to support our next generation of nurses (many of whom are CR graduates) who work and live locally has been a source of joy and inspiration. Expanding our local connections with nursing students has increased our capacity to have an impact on healthcare in our local service area. Our community supports our nursing program, and, in turn we are able to return that support with excellence in healthcare to our community.
What do you love most about your discipline?
My passion is driven by a vision to inspire others to see the opportunity to be change agents in a nursing role. What gives me the greatest fulfillment in my nursing practice is the one-on-one patient care, engaging and supporting families during critical illness, and having an influence on patient outcomes. My role at the bedside, as well as working along with my colleagues, has inspired me to constantly improve myself in my nursing role. My role as a Nurse Educator has allowed me to combine my passion in providing excellence in care while nurturing that legacy for the future generation of nurses. Nursing is wonderful profession with no limits on creativity, life-long learning, or ability to make an impact on healthcare for individuals, groups, or to even influence health policy in a leadership role.
Sally received her diploma in nursing from Mercy School of Nursing of Detroit, her BSN from Humboldt State University, and MSN in Leadership & Education from Sonoma State University. Her work experience and practice have been in critical care and she proudly maintained her Critical Care Registered Nurse certification (CCRN) for over twenty years. She was the recipient of an Excellence in Caring Practices award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) for her support of transitioning end of life care from the ICU to home and was recognized with an AACN Chapter award, the President's Award, for working with the local chapter of critical care nurses to educate the local community on the recognition of early signs of a heart attack. Her volunteer time has included service on the board of directors for the Humboldt County Breast Health Project, past board member and president of the local chapters of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses; and member of the board for the Simulation Alliance of Humboldt County.
She is currently enrolled at Samuel Merritt University where she received a Jonas Nurse Leadership Scholarship to pursue Doctor of Nursing Practice. Her research area of interest is in teaching/learning strategies for nursing students to improve the recognition and prevention of adverse drug events in the elderly.
Image caption: Sally standing in front of the White House during the 2013 Jonas Scholars Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.