Dr. Stacy St. Pierre Thibodeau Assistant Professor
"I want my students to learn how to be exceptional nurses in both the art and science of nursing, enabling them to translate this knowledge into the care they deliver."
- DNP – University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2016)
- MSN with a concentration in Executive Leadership – Chamberlain College of Nursing (2010)
- BSN – Chamberlain College of Nursing (2008)
- ADN – Northern Maine Community College (2001)
- LPN – Northern Maine Community College (2000)
- Combat Medic Specialist – U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences (1994)
18 years of RN experience
Which classes do you teach in the RN to BSN online program?
NUR 301: Promoting Healthy Communities
What do you want students to learn in your classes? What's the takeaway?
I want my students to learn how to be exceptional nurses in both the art and science of nursing, enabling them to translate this knowledge into the care they deliver.
What advice would you give to those considering the RN to BSN online program?
For those students entering an RN to BSN online program, it is essential to schedule time that is dedicated to your studies. It is essential to be an active member in the discussion threads and complete assignments on time.
What is the value of a BSN?
The value of a BSN degree is seen at the individual level through an expanded knowledge base, allowing the registered nurse to take on expanded leadership and education roles. Merit increases are often offered by healthcare organizations to those nurses who obtain a BSN. The nursing profession as a whole is significantly impacted when members achieve a BSN level of education.
What do you think is the biggest challenge nurses face today?
I believe that the biggest challenge nurses face today in practice is the devotion and allotment of time to those we care for. In addition, greater involvement in state and national healthcare policy development is required to advocate for vulnerable populations.
Why did you start teaching?
I believe and practice a holistic approach to nursing education, incorporating both the art and science of nursing. As a bedside nurse, I focus upon a patient-centered approach and extend this model to embrace a student-centered model of education.
I have a deep passion for nursing and believe that my enthusiasm is contagious. Students are the nucleus of my teaching practice and philosophy. The role of the nursing instructor is profound and contains elements that are not easily defined or limited to those students who sit before us, but for nursing generations to come.