The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing

The Bridge - USF School of Nursing Newsletter

The Bridge - USF School of Nursing Newsletter 

Summer 2009 - Vol IV Issue 1

Nursing Faculty Recognized for Excellence

Two School of Nursing faculty have been recognized for their outstanding teaching by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

 Associate Professor of nursing Greg DeBourgh (center) accepts an Academy of Nursing Education fellowship from Elaine Tagliareni, president of the NLN (left) and Beverly Malone (right), CEO of the NLN.Associate Professor of nursing Greg DeBourgh (center) accepts an Academy of Nursing Education fellowship from Elaine Tagliareni, president of the NLN (left) and Beverly Malone (right), CEO of the NLN.

Associate Professor Greg DeBourgh, who has been at USF since 1993 and has a doctoral degree in education, was recently named an NLN Academy of Nursing Education Fellow (ANEF), one of just 65 selected for the honor nationwide.

Nursing instructor Elizabeth Cooper, who graduated in December from USF with a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP), became the School of Nursing’s first faculty member to receive NLN Certification as a Nursing Educator (CNE).

The NLN is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in nursing education and building a strong and diverse nursing workforce. The organization strives to recognize and capitalize on the wisdom of outstanding individuals in the profession who have contributed to nursing education in sustained and significant ways.

The “highly prestigious honor” means DeBourgh will travel to New York City this spring to serve on the panel that selects the next group of NLN fellows, as well as work to advance the educational initiatives of the academy – including such projects as embedding simulation into nursing curricula, and using technology to engage learners in developing clinical reasoning.

“Well respected in the university community, Dr. DeBourgh has earned every teaching award available (at USF),” said School of Nursing Dean Judith Karshmer, when asked about DeBourgh’s influence in the school.

DeBourgh, who teaches advanced therapeutics and reasoning and supervises students in their hospital-based care requirement, is known for his multimedia classroom approach, opening his classes with a streaming video history of his evolution as a nursing instructor, which “hooks” students and allows them to connect with him, Karshmer said.

Cooper, a full-time faculty member in the School of Nursing who also works in the cardiovascular intensive care unit at the University of California San Francisco, specializes in adult health and cardiovascular intensive care.

The CNE puts her in a select group of nursing educators with a combination of advanced course work and on-the-job experience in both nursing and teaching who have passed the requisite exam.

“Liz is the first person in the School of Nursing to take the national nurse educator certification exam,” Karshmer said of Cooper’s certification. “This commitment to excellence in education is typical of Liz's passion to link clinical practice to the student experience.”

Among the skills that make Cooper outstanding is her ability to help students apply classroom content from the textbook to the clinical setting and ensure evidence-based practices, Karshmer said.

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