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Dr. Holly R. Farley

Dr. Holly R. Farley

Associate Professor

Degrees Held:

  • Ed.D. in Leadership, focus on Organizational Development – Grand Canyon University, 2017
  • M.S. in Nursing Education – Southern Illinois University, 2005
  • BSN – Illinois State University, 1996
  • A.S. – Lake Land College, 1994

Career Highlights:

With 22 years of nursing experience, Dr. Holly R. Farley has worked in areas such as neonatal intensive care, medical/surgical nursing, as well as being an operating room first-assist for general surgeon. She has been a burse educator for 12 years and taught theory, clinical, and online

Which classes do you teach online?

Nursing, Health Care, Policies & Politics; Advanced Nursing Health Assessment; Leadership and Management in Nursing.

What do you want students to learn in your classes? What's the takeaway?

All nurses can be leaders—you do not need a title for that designation. I want to instill a dedication to lifelong learning and understanding of evidence-based practice and how it can be used in everyday practice. Always recognize the opportunity to be a better nurse. Challenge your knowledge and skills and ultimately improve outcomes for patients.

Why did you start teaching?

I always thought I wanted to be a teacher growing up, but I had influential people that were nurses. While in my associate degree, a friend was in a very serious accident. When visiting her in the hospital, I saw what the nurses were doing and decided that would be my path.

However, while in nursing school, I had several really awesome instructors. During my senior year medical-surgical course, I had an exceptionally motivating and dedicated instructor. I remember sitting in a class on cardiac arrhythmia, which is not my favorite, but I realized that I would eventually become an educator. As a nurse, I loved educating patients and precepting other nurses, which helped guide my decision to get my master's degree in education and move into that role.

What advice would you give to those considering the RN to BSN online program?

As a product of online education with my master's and doctorate degrees, the best advice I can give is to get organized at the beginning of a course, put every due date on a calendar that you look at often and start working ahead. Do not procrastinate. In addition, the instructors are real live people who want to help you. Don't hesitate to ask questions often, schedule video and phone meetings when you do not understand, and make friends with people in your courses and cohorts. Support of others is extremely valuable.

What is the value of a BSN?

There is power in education in every career. I feel that, in nursing, the BSN is valuable because it strengthens knowledge in research, community health, and leadership. It better prepares for leadership positions and identifies the nurse as a professional in the field where many allied health professionals must obtain a master’s degree or higher to practice. It also positions nurses to apply to graduate programs and further their education.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?

Although nursing is one of the most respected professions, I believe that nurses face the challenge of not being seen as a professional by other careers.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"The Radium Girls" by Kate Moore.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.

I read constantly, anything from textbooks to comedic fiction, even the cereal box. Whatever I can get my hands on.

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