Dr. Jenny Radsma


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"Enjoy the journey of learning; keep your eye on the goal without losing sight of today with its tasks and responsibilities."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – Barry University (2005)
  • MN – University of Saskatchewan (1996)
  • BN – University of Lethbridge (1989)
  • RN Diploma – Kelsey Institute (1982)
  • RNA – Alberta Vocational Centre (1979)

Career Highlights:

  • Assistant, Associate, Professor (Nursing) – University of Maine at Fort Kent (1997 - present)
  • Manager, Registered Nurse, Community Health Nurse – Northwestern Health Services (1979-97)
  • Which classes do you teach in the RN to BSN online program?

    NUR 301: Promoting Healthy Communities and NUR 401: Health Related Research

  • What do you want students to learn in your classes? What's the takeaway?

    That with their knowledge and curiosity to learn more, each student has so much potential with which to make a really positive and constructive difference—for others, themselves, and society.

    That irrespective of where a nurse's expertise or interest lies, everything they learn and observe is connected.

    To always be questioning, to never lose their curiosity, creativity, and compassion.

  • What advice would you give to those considering the RN to BSN online program?

    Enjoy the journey of learning; keep your eye on the goal without losing sight of today with its tasks and responsibilities. Take your learning and studies seriously but have fun along the way; laugh often with those you love! Recognize when you need help in your journey of learning and offer help to your classmates as and when you can. Recognize that your faculty and the staff are great resources and do all they can to facilitate your success.

  • What is the value of a BSN?

    • Intellectual stimulus and satisfaction of achievement
    • BSN-prepared nurses are instrumental in improving patient care outcomes
    • Greater depth of perspective, sensitivity, and understanding of the human condition
    • The ability to pursue multiple options in one's career and life: improving clinical practice; pursuing academic and advanced practice opportunities, contributing to evidence-based practice; participating as leaders within one's workplace and community
  • What do you think is the biggest challenge nurses face today?

    Recognizing that nurses know a tremendous amount about health and illness and can contribute tremendously to improving the healthcare system

  • Why did you start teaching?

    I wanted to influence nursing practice by assisting the next generation of nurses.

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot

  • Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.

    In addition to being physically active year round, I also like indoor activities such as reading, knitting, and cooking.

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