Suzanne Gosse’s career began with 18 years of bedside nursing practice. Most of the units she worked were critical care side, or step-down. She was also a circulating nurse in the operating room for several years. After injuring her back in the OR, she needed a less intense way to be a nurse and had an opportunity to be a staff development instructor in a hospital and a medical center. That led to opportunities to be a clinical instructor for several years and to her current position as a faculty member at Eastern Illinois University.
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
Theoretical Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice; Pharmacogenomics; and Public Health Nursing.
What do you want students to learn in your classes? What's the takeaway?
I want students to take away the material to build an evidence-based, safe, effective practice! I want them to be reflective nurses who know how to find answers for clinical problems. I want them to be healthy nurses with satisfying careers.
Why did you start teaching?
Once upon a time, I was a certified operating room nurse (CNOR). I wanted to attend a national conference and asked my boss to help fund my attendance. She said she would help with expenses, but I would have to bring back information to share with the nursing staff. I did, and I LOVED it! Facilitating the learning process is exciting, challenging and sometimes fun. I love it!
What advice would you give to those considering the RN to BSN online program?
Give it a try—way back when, I was a young AD nurse. I knew it was important to finish the BS. I knew nursing was a lifelong learning profession. Now, it is very important to continue learning, formally AND informally, as the speed of knowledge continues to accelerate.
What is the value of a BSN?
As nurses, our practice responsibilities are great—educational preparation is one way we can meet the health care challenges of today. Hospitals and other agencies are putting more value on the B.S. in Nursing. Research is finding that education matters when it comes to outcomes for our clients. Career opportunities and earning potential are greater for the BSN.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?
Time management—getting it all done. Meeting expectations from patients, agency, other disciplines, etc. Compressed treatment plans requiring earlier and earlier discharge.
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 have lived in seven states in my lifetime. I have been licensed in five states.