Emily Coffey - Student Spotlight

Emily Coffey is a 2nd year PhD student.

Research/professional interests: My dissertation topic is Competency Based Education implementation and evaluation in undergraduate nursing programs. My interest in CBE started with the premise that students with lower socioeconomic means could have the opportunity to achieve a bachelorette degree in nursing. This methodology of education, allows for free movement in courses rather than a set structure of semesters. Not only allowing students to achieve their dreams but allowing for an increase in graduating nurses.

Describe your nursing experience before starting the PhD program (if any). I have 7 years in nursing education focusing on didactic and clinical teaching. I have also worked as an academic success coach for undergraduate nursing students. Prior to teaching I worked as a bedside nurse in medical-surgical and critical care units.

What are your career goals? I want to continue teaching in the classroom for the foreseeable future, but after completion of my PhD and continued experience, I would like to continue to work with and develop programmatic curriculum to improve student success and outcomes.

Why I chose a PhD in nursing: I am a nurse and am passionate about improving nursing. I specifically want to improve the education undergraduate nurses receive to help them feel more prepared to begin practice.

Why did you choose UNMC? UNMC is home. I have been with UNMC for four years as faculty and have developed a bond here that I knew would help me grow as a PhD student, nursing instructor, and nurse. The PhD program at the College of Nursing is challenging, engaging, and thought provoking.

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