I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and I teach both undergraduate and graduate level nursing students full time, while maintaining a per diem practice in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
I am, as all humans are, a complicated and wonderful sum of my parts. I am White of English/Irish/German/Welsh descent. I am a cisgender female in my late 40’s who identifies as straight. I am a mother, and I am married. I have experienced the loss of a child. There is not a word for that in the English language. I am physically able. I come from a middle-class background and have stayed in this socioeconomic category. I am from the South and I was an “army-brat” during my childhood which means we moved around a lot. I do not, therefore, consider myself to be firmly rooted in one particular geographic location. I am, however, Southern enough to use the term “bless your heart” at will. These, and many more, parts help make up the whole of who I am, and I am glad to share them with you.