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Biography:

Celia Olson is a full-time faculty member in the RN to BSN online nursing program. She holds a master's degree in nursing education from South University and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Mrs. Olson has been a classroom and clinical instructor of nursing for the past four years. Two years were spent teaching in a practical nursing program, and the last two years in online RN to BSN programs for UL Lafayette and Frostburg State University. Her clinical experience has been in med-surg, pediatrics, orthopedics, geriatrics, home health, and family practice. Leadership experience was gained as a head nurse, charge nurse, part-time supervisor, and nurse manager. Mrs. Olson also has cross-cultural experience through almost 30 years of foreign missions work in Europe and Latin America.

Degrees Held:

  • MSN – South University, 2010
  • BSN – University of Maryland, 1973

Career Highlights:

  • Taught two years in an LPN program
  • Have been teaching online in RN to BSN programs for over three years, first at Frostburg State University and now at UL Lafayette
  • Serving as an appointed missionary for the Assemblies of God World Missions; consultant to putting our colleges outside the USA online

In which online degree program do you teach?

Which classes do you teach online?

  • Nursing Professionalism

Why did you start teaching?

To share my knowledge and experience with new nurses and those wishing to advance their careers by obtaining a baccalaureate degree in nursing or beyond.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

Education is the best way to increase your options in your nursing career.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

Work hard to reach your goals in nursing.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

Compassion, understanding, fairness, dedication, preparation, organization

What do you think is the biggest challenge people in the profession face today?

In the profession of nursing, I feel the biggest challenges include keeping up to date with the ever-increasing body of knowledge and the use of technology. Also, with the increasing complexity of patients, staffing needs are a big challenge. In teaching, again, the increasing knowledge and experience needed is a challenge to keep up with.

How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?

I feel online education is the way of the future. The convenience and flexibility of it meets the needs of working and remote students. It also focuses on student-centered learning and teaches the student how to learn, rather than the traditional format where the instructor feeds the student knowledge.

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