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Ms. Houck has served in a variety of administrative, academic, and clinical positions. She is a clinical nurse specialist in perinatal nursing and has been an advance practice nurse and educator for 25 years, providing clinical and academic leadership as well as professional consultation in educational administration, accreditation, and curriculum development.
A certified Nurse Educator, Ms. Houck has taught in associate, baccalaureate, and master level programs including courses in curriculum design, bioethics, professional issues, maternal child, research, management, and leadership. Ms. Houck primarily teaches senior-level students in the traditional and the RN completion programs through online and traditional formats.
Under her guidance, students have participated in a legislative advocacy experience in the state capitol. Ms. Houck has participated in an immersion experience in Italy to study transcultural care from a global health perspective. In addition, she has facilitated student learning through study abroad experiences in Oaxaca, Mexico and Costa Rica.
Ms. Houck’s is an active member of several professional organizations. Her community service activities include serving as the external member of CVPH Medical Center’s LEAD program for nursing leadership, excellence, and recognition. Ms. Houck is the president of the Plattsburgh’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and past vice president and board member of the local district state nurses association.
Today’s nursing graduate enters a profession influence by rapid transformation that presents nurses with complex challenges and unprecedented opportunity for professional growth and advancement. My approach to teaching and learning strives to prepare students for this environment by helping them develop critical and reflective approaches to learning with an emphasis on student involvement and empowerment. I encourage students to challenge their assumptions, to think through, and to interpret situations they encounter from multiple perspectives. Collaborative learning allows the teacher and student to focus their attention on thinking and interpreting as communal experiences, where teacher and student pool their wisdom, challenge their preconceptions, and envision new possibilities. Problem and team-based activities that include critical-reflective practices characterize the learning experience.
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