Professor of Practice in Nursing Has Work Published

Professor of Practice in Nursing and doctoral student Ann Marie Welsh, MSN, RN, CPN recently had her work published in The Scholarly Teacher.

The article, “Flipped Classrooms: A Next Generation Nursing Case Study,” originated as an assignment from her GMercyU EdD program. Her professor, Peggy Rosario, EdD, gave students the option to submit their work to be published.

“I knew that whether it was published or not, it was an amazing opportunity. Dr. Rosario always challenges us to believe in our own potential. I am grateful to her because I never thought I could write something good enough to be published. She gave me the confidence I needed. The support I have in this program is remarkable,” Ann Marie said.

Having her work published can open doors professionally for Ann Marie, but being able to share her teaching strategy was especially satisfying.

“What I find most rewarding is that my article illustrates that we -- as faculty in the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions -- are constantly working to establish creative teaching strategies for our students. My colleague, and close friend, Megan Mustachio, assisted in creating the case study I wrote about. I am proud that I was able to share this effective teaching strategy with others in my article,” said Ann Marie.

Experience in GMercyU’s Doctoral Program

“While the program is tough and fast-paced, I always feel supported,” shared Ann Marie, who balances life as a doctoral student, her work as a full-time faculty member and part-time NCLEX coach, and mom of two young children.

“I am so glad I chose GMercyU’s EdD program. Dr. Raymond Bandlow, the faculty, and staff have made everything seamless. They truly care about their students and want their success. Dr. Tricia Brown-O’Hara is my advisor and is my biggest cheerleader. She gives me the push and confidence to know that I can and will finish this program.”

Ann Marie’s dissertation topic is on the lived experience of undergraduate BSN students who take a combined maternity and pediatric course and those who take separate maternity and pediatric nursing courses.

“My inspiration for this topic came from my nursing students. When I started teaching full-time, one of my students asked me why we couldn’t separate the courses. That question stayed with me. I see how hard my students work trying to learn two nursing specialties at once, and I believe in teaching in a way that is student-centered. Therefore, I thought it could be a great topic to explore,” said Ann Marie.