Welcome to the #DragonFamily Stacey Roche

Meet MSUM’s new assistant professor of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, Stacey Roche. She teaches multiple courses that prepare students with skills they need to be successful in the nursing field.

Q: What drew you to MSUM?

A: I was a fulltime nurse at Essentia Hospital, and I was pursuing my degree in nursing education. I have a passion for teaching, and I saw that there was an opening for a full-time nurse educator at MSUM. I admire what the nursing program and what the entire university stands for with its values of grit, humility, and heart. I feel like those things really go hand in hand with the field of nursing and they also align with my own values as well. Throughout my interview process here I found that a lot of the faculty and staff have those qualities and characteristics, so I realized that this is the place where I was meant to be.

Q: What is your favorite part about MSUM so far?

A: The support and caring aspect of everyone that I meet. Everyone has been so helpful, and I appreciate all of the different resources there are to get new faculty situated. The mission of MSUM is very alive and vibrant on campus and that has been evident through everyone I have come across here.

Q: What unique experiences or skills from your past job do you bring to MSUM?

A: I have been a nurse for five years. I have medical surgical experience and I also have experience being a cardiac and intermediate care nurse. So I have a pretty solid background in nursing. Then as far as teaching goes, I was a graduate teaching assistant at NDSU for two years so that allowed me to get a handle on teaching, grading, and interacting with students. I also worked in the skills lab there which prepared me for working with students in that setting. Lastly, for my capstone graduate project I worked with a subject called the “clinical judgement in nursing students” which is a skillset that undergraduate nursing students need to pass their boards. Throughout that project I worked on how to implement teaching strategies to develop clinical judgment skills among nursing students in the skills lab.

Q: What energizes you at work?

A: The passion of teaching nursing. I really enjoy nursing and I want to share that joy and passion with the students that I teach. As a bedside nurse I touch people’s lives every day. As a teacher I can touch even more patient lives’ through the students that I teach. Seeing the students get excited about what they’re learning and watching their passion for nursing grow drives me as well.

Q: What is something you are learning right now and why is it important?

A: I am learning a lot right now including small things like learning how to teach online on Zoom and add materials online. I’m also learning the different policies and procedures that MSUM has, how to go about dealing with different situations, and how to be most supportive of students.

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