Erica Bailey is one of my favorite UP School of Nursing professors! I was lucky and blessed to have Erica as my Medical-Surgical Clinical Instructor at St. Vincent’s Hospital and for my Applied Multicultural Population Health rotation at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Erica is one of the most supportive, and inspirational humans I have met. She teaches SON classes, works as a clinical instructor, is pursuing her doctorate in Nursing, has a family and fully supports her students all at the same time! Erica has truly motivated and inspired me to become the best nurse I can, and a better human! While at Clinical, she would always be there for support and always encouraged learning/independence as a nurse. Even outside classes and clinical, she is one of those people I will reach out to whenever I need advice or just a supportive voice. The great thing about Erica is that she keeps is real and is emotionally personal with each and every one of her students (and has amazing jokes). I learn so much from her in her vast nursing skills knowledge but also learn how to be more human with her emotional-personable skills. Erica embodies the mission and values of the University of Portland School of Nursing. Erica truly inspires future nursing leaders to work with knowledge, compassion, social justice, and passion. Erica Bailey is the best!!!!
Meet Dr. Halina Wyss (Barber)! I had this extraordinary professor for my Pharmacology class and Adult & Elder Health II (aka MedSurg II) class. She is one of my favorite professors at UP because she taught in a way that was empowering, concise, and interesting. An aspect I love about Dr. Wyss is that she keeps it real; she is an honest, well-spoken prof that is always considering real-world occurrences in her lessons. I felt challenged and supported in both my courses with her – she believes in her students potential and cares about us in and out of the classroom. My growth and knowledge in nursing grew tremendously because of her passion for nursing and teaching! Stay fabulous Dr. Wyss!
Over the past 4 years, I have had three classes with Professor Duda: Life Processes Across the Lifespan, Introduction to Nursing and Healthcare, and Maternal-Child Nursing. I met Professor Duda my freshman year and she has continued to be an incredible mentor to this day. Coming into college, I had a set idea of what I thought I wanted to do with my nursing career and who I thought I wanted to be. I remember the first day that professor Duda introduced herself, I thought, “I HAVE to get to know her, I just have so many questions!” Throughout the years, she has continued to be my go-to support when I have questions, concerns, or just want to talk. Professor Duda said once, “nursing is hard, but nursing school is even harder”. So, when I discovered my dream job wasn’t what I had imagined and needed someone who understood to listen, she was there for me. She was comforting and reminding me that my empathy and compassion wasn’t bad, and although it can be hard, it’s the thing that’s going to make me a great nurse. She has been instrumental in guiding my personal practice and her kindness has inspired me as to who I want to be as a nurse.
Professor Duda is not only a strong, compassionate, and insightful mentor, but she has also been an amazing professor. She is profoundly knowledgable about her field and passionate about nursing. It is evident in any of her classes just how much she knows and how eager she is to share with all of us. It’s my belief that if you haven’t met her yet, you’re truly missing out! She is an amazing person and someone I’m absolutely grateful to have met here at University of Portland.
One of my favorite nursing instructors is Holly Simpson who I have for Nursing 312 (Intro to Professional Nursing.) Holly is one of the sweetest professors I have ever had and is always willing to help students out. She is very knowledgeable and is able to answer almost any question you throw her way—if she doesn’t know the answer, she offers to research it for us. If you don’t understand a concept when she teaches it, she is able to rephrase and reorganize the material so it will better suit your needs for understanding. Overall, Holly is a great instructor who truly cares about each students’ success.