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Dr. Renee Kidd-Marshall

Dr. Renee Kidd-Marshall

Director of RN to BSN program

Degrees Held:

  • Ed.D. – Oakland City University, 2009
  • MSN – Indiana State University, 2000
  • BSN – McKendree University, 1983
  • ADN – John A. Logan College, 1980

Career Highlights:

Renee Kidd-Marshall has over 40 years of experience in intensive care, medical-surgical and geriatric nursing, along with over 25 years of experience in academia. She describes this combination as "the best of both worlds."

Kidd-Marshall has authored and served as a subject matter expert for a publishing company and another university in online courses that are centered around health promotion, disease prevention, geriatrics, and public health nursing. She has also served as a subject matter expert for programs that develop delegation and prioritization skills in beginning nurses. Her research interest is in adult learning and student success.

Which classes do you teach online?

NUR 4203: Nursing, Health Care, Policies & Politics and NUR 4604: Professional Seminar.

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

Communication and valuing the other individual's opinion. The basics of educating others—go to the level needed to empower others in decisions. Cultural differences are part of life; this includes gender and multigenerational differences. Build on strengths. What one experiences in childhood will influence an individual later.

Change is hard, and individuals assign values to problems (policy change), so there may be a major change, a minor change or no change based on a value to the population served. Politics is the allocation of resources.

Evidence-based practice is research based and, therefore, called “best practice”—but only if consistently followed and adapted to meet the client and climate in which it is implemented. Least, but not last, to change the world's health, one must teach health promotion and prevention to overcome the management of multiple chronic diseases. This means battling disparity, understanding diversity and overcoming issues with access. Respect yourself and be proud of your accomplishments. You may not receive a plentitude of thanks, but know that you have done your best!

Why did you start teaching?

When I actively practice, I impact a few lives and hopefully change and advocate for the care the client desires. When I teach, I can facilitate students to apply concepts that can impact thousands of people who require and deserve receiving the best practice possible. The term “thinking outside the box” is overused—to change the delivery of health care, nurses need to apply or deliver reflective thinking. I define that as taking the moment to say what the research indicates and how will it meet the client’s need from within their framework. Are the resources evident to sustain the change needed?

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

It may be overwhelming, and one may find it time consuming, but it is life changing. It will empower you not only to change your life but the lives of others whom you encounter daily. This includes the public, your colleagues and your family!

What is the value of a BSN?

A BSN gives you the recognition that you have mastered another level of leadership and management skills. That, as a student, you have explored research and applied the research through evidence-based practice. That, as a professional, you are not hesitant to question best practices or advocate for the client.

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

There are many challenges, but the outstanding one, in my opinion, is resource availability. This is more than money—it is people, time and the ability to meet the needs of the populations served.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Difficult choice. "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande and "101 Global Leadership Lessons for Nurses" by Nancy Gantz.

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

Well... I read a book a day for pleasure rather than sleep. I like fast cars, and I show cars as a hobby. I garden and process my own produce. I have a dog and a cat that I have trained like service animals. The cat is in charge of the dog. Both own me, and I do as I am told! I have varied interests, and my latest project is learning how to operate a motorcycle with the intent to acquire my license. Fifty years of swimming lessons, and I still sink to the bottom and wait to be saved—but I still fish from a boat! I love art!

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