University of Nebraska Medical Center

Shining a Spotlight on Dr. Beth Culross

Beth Culross poses for a headshot

Academy Member Since 2017
Director of Learning Resources Center, College of Nursing

What do you do at UNMC?
In the College of Nursing, I teach in the traditional BSN program and serve as the Director of the Learning Resource Center. I work with all 5 campuses of the CON to collaborate and share resources for simulation and skills training. I also served as an Associate Director of the IAE.

Tell us about your educational research interests and teaching role.
I am interested in how simulation and active learning increases student engagement and knowledge and skills development.

What is one of your favorite/memorable teaching moments?
When an alumni can to me a year or so after she graduated and said "I was not sure how some of what you taught me was important, but I sure get it now!"

What do you see as the biggest benefit to being a member of the IAE?
As a member of the IAE, I have been able to meet so many amazing educators on the UNMC campuses. Being able to look at more ideas for Interprofessional education and how others teach has ben a gift.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you "grew up" and why?
I wanted to be a veterinarian because I love animals. I worked as a veterinary technician before I became a nurse. The difference in patient populations is that people don't bite as often!

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