Jocelyn has an associate degree in English and music from Cameron University in Oklahoma; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Mary Harden Baylor in Texas; and a Master of Nursing from University of Washington Bothell.
Jocelyn, an instructor in the Nursing program, teaches two first-year and at least one second-year nursing skills classes each quarter. In addition, she serves as the simulation coordinator and manages the skills lab and its equipment for the program. She also serves on the Faculty Commons Council.
Jocelyn’s significant contributions to the campus community include: taking an active role in the development of the new bachelor’s degree program in nursing, which will be offered this fall; serving as the faculty advisor for the National Student Nurses Association and working to reestablish the group’s presence on campus; expanding the nursing lab’s capacity and adding up-to-date equipment to create a more realistic learning environment for students; expanding the skills lab curriculum; developing a Health IT curriculum for nursing courses that has been adopted by community colleges across the nation; and serving as BC’s ambassador to the National League of Nursing.
Considered to be passionate and dedicated to BC and its students, a colleague commented that Jocelyn “does exceptionally well at connecting with students from a variety of backgrounds.” Her teaching style is well-liked by students, where she uses her own experiences as a nurse and patient to make the course material more personal and real. Her energy, knowledge and experience in simulation and lab instruction have allowed her to play an important role assisting other faculty in the program while providing students with an invaluable clinical experience.
After a nine-year career as a Registered Nurse, Jocelyn enrolled in graduate school with the goal of becoming a nursing educator. “I’ve always wanted to teach. As a nurse you teach patients every day, and I felt I had solid clinical experience to share with nursing students,” she says. Because the focus of her master’s degree was technology in education, her role at Bellevue College has been a perfect fit, as she integrates the SimMan patient simulators into the nursing curriculum. “I like working at BC because working in the lab, I’m able to give my students the opportunity to practice their skills in a realistic and safe training environment. Plus, there are lots of resources here to help faculty grow, and there’s a great sense of community,” she says. Now that she has tenure, which Jocelyn feels is a great vote of confidence in her as a new educator, she will continue to work to improve the learning experience of her students.