Dr. Lorie SigmonAssistant Professor
"Any nurse can be a leader, no matter what their official title is. That is why preparing yourself academically is so important."
- DNP – Waynesburg University, 2010
- MSN/FNP – University of Tampa, 1997
- BSN – West Virginia University, 1990
- Diploma – Washington Hospital School of Nursing, 1986
NextUp Faculty Leadership Development fellow
Train-the-Trainer Interprofessional Team Development Program
Center for Creative Leadership: Change Leadership in Medical Education: Leadership Development
National League for Nursing LEAD professional development program
Teachers of Quality Academy (TQA) faculty scholar fellow
Which online degree program(s) do you teach?
Which class do you teach online?
NSG 415: Research in Nursing, NSG 596: Nursing Education Practicum I, NSG 597: Nursing Education Practicum II
What types of work/projects can students expect in your online course?
Preliminary literature review, development of EBP projects.
What do you want students to learn in these courses?
In NSG 415, I want students to understand the EBP process and project development. For NSG 596 and 597, students will develop and undertake a nursing education EBP project and report initial findings.
What advice would you give to people considering an online nursing program?
The programs are fast-paced, interesting and challenging. Faculty are available, flexible and encouraging.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?
Creative problem-solving abilities and a primary goal of advocacy of our patients.
What is the value of a BSN for current, working nurses?
The value of the BSN from the personal nurse perspective is that it opens doors for future work. You are prepared for entry-level leadership and EBP roles within your work environment. You are able to progress on the clinical ladder and be promoted and offered additional roles that you may not have had otherwise. Patient clinical outcomes are improved if taken care of by BSN staff. Data supports this finding. Any nurse can be a leader, no matter what their official title is. That is why preparing yourself academically is so important.
Why did you start teaching?
I had previously been an adjunct instructor and was fascinated by the light of understanding when students had that “Aha!” moment. I find it very rewarding to share what I love about my profession to future generations. We need great nurses to take care of us. Everyone ages and needs nurses.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson. I like light-hearted books with a message.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.
I am a fanatical sports fan, particularly football and soccer!