Monika L. Perez, MSN, RN
"My personal objective is for students to feel empowered with the concepts learned in class and go into the world and improve the nursing profession."
- MSN – Jacksonville University, 2016
- BSN – Texas A&M International University, 2005
I have practiced nursing for 15 years, beginning my nursing career as an NICU nurse. I grew into the role of charge nurse, neonatal PICC nurse and nurse preceptor. Years later I was given the opportunity to become a nurse educator coordinator and obtained my MSN in nursing education. I achieved the highlight of my career in 2018 when I was given the opportunity to become a clinical assistant professor of nursing at TAMIU.
Since then, I have become the supervisor for clinical education at a local hospital and continue to teach as an adjunct professor at the university. I have implemented outreach education services to out-of-hospital providers and surrounding areas, created different education courses, headed multiple committees, taught as a clinical instructor, lectured, and presented in Pathways research symposium.
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
NURN 3320: The History of Nursing; NURN 3313: Transition to Professional Nursing (Didactic); NURN 3314: Transition to Professional Nursing (Clinical)
What do you want students in your courses to learn? What are the learning outcomes or objectives?
I want my students to learn that advancing one's education (no matter at what age) is the key to fulfill one's professional and personal lives. My personal objective is for students to feel empowered with the concepts learned in class and go into the world and improve the nursing profession.
What types of projects and work do you typically assign for these courses?
Peer discussions, writing assignments, review of the literature on specific topics, readings and exams
What advice would you give to those considering this online program?
Go for it! It may take time, dedication, sacrifice and money, but the rewards will be remarkable. You will not regret it.
What is the value of this degree?
A BSN brings superior knowledge, critical-thinking, communication and leadership skills that are needed in today's competitive higher income/higher responsibility nursing positions. A BSN is the platform for continuing advanced practice degrees.
How can this degree help students prepare for the challenges of the field?
It prepares nurses to lead in nursing with the necessary tools such as written communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership and broad knowledge on the field of nursing.
Why did you start teaching?
As a nurse preceptor I enjoyed training and mentoring nurses at the bedside. I obtained my MSN in nursing education and became a clinical nurse educator and nursing professor because I am passionate about mentoring and helping other nurses succeed.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.
I always wanted to be a flight attendant.