Interviews

How a Flipped Classroom Innovator Improved His Teaching Style - Interview with Dan Jones When he considered enrolling to earn his online master’s degree, Dan Jones had an important question that is common amongst potential students: Can I keep up with the work? As a middle school teacher and...

Transferring Credits and Experience into Online Education  Not many believe one can complete an online bachelor’s degree program in just 7 months—but that’s how long it took Dina Krohne to earn her bachelor’s degree by way of hard work, transferring credits, and persevering through the...

Tackling Job Dissatisfaction Among Doctors & Nurses When Deane Waldman entered the field of medicine, he admits to having the same disdain for the business world that many of his peers possess. Waldman has done considerable research on how healthcare legislation is affecting the disposition...

Achieving an Entrepreneur Vision as a Working Mom Lisa Kroese enjoys helping families and individuals find their “aha” moment when deciding which items in their home are appropriate for an estate sale. From jewelry and artwork to furniture and collectibles, Kroese has worked as a personal...

Educating Students to Use Drones Responsibly Jim Schmidt’s professional background in technical education—both at the school district level and in the Idaho Technical Education Department—were instrumental in leading him to pursue a career in STEM training. While Schmidt believes in providing...

The Growing, Changing World of Drones There was a time when Ian Smith wanted to be a chef or an architect, but he quickly realized at age 20 that those career aspirations were just not for him. The son of a NASA engineer, Smith has been around aviation his whole life, so it’s no surprise that he...

Shaking Up the Business World For most professionals, the word “disruption” has negative connotations. Not so for Julie Broad, MBA, who recognizes that business disruptions revitalize industries and change how we interact with the world. Consider how e-readers transformed the publishing industry...

Treating Sports Betting Addiction: Finding the Balance Ned Presnall knows the challenge of helping someone to stop doing what they shouldn’t be doing—and it’s certainly not an easy job to have. As the Executive Director and Therapist at Clayton Behavioral in Saint Louis, Missouri, Presnall...

5 Things to Know About Registered Nurse Licensure Wendie Howland is just about as certified as one nurse can be. Her complete list of credentials are: Registered Nurse – Board Certified, certified in nurse case management; CCM, certified in case management; CRRN, certified in rehabilitation...

A Successful Career in Law Enforcement Growing up, Kirby Lavallee always enjoyed helping people and going the extra mile to see them prosper. Little did he know this would turn into a successful career that would involve serving as a law enforcement officer, Deputy Sheriff, and eventually co-...

MBA and Small Business Entreneurship You wouldn’t necessarily expect there to be a lot of emotion involved in running a business, but Will von Bernuth argues otherwise. From the humble beginnings of his sunblock skincare startup company, Block Island Organics, Bernuth has had his share of the...

It’s no accident that the business world and fashion industry are flocking to Ana Caracaleanu for her business insight and unique perspective on the future of crowdfunding fashion. As the co-founder and CEO of Luevo.com, Ana Caracaleanu helped develop the idea and business model for the first...

The Life of a Traveling Nurse Jen Fox proves that being a nurse doesn’t mean having to stay in one hospital and one place. For the past five years, Fox has been a traveling nurse who has helped patients in hospitals and healthcare facilities all over the country—Arizona, California, Washington,...

Challenges of Working in CyberSecurity In eyes of cybersecurity expert Dr. Engin Kirda, the most important key to excelling in data protection is to stay one step ahead of the bad guys. And his opinion comes from both the experience of co-founding a successful cybersecurity company and from his...

Cyber Security Challenges for Corporations “Creative” is not always the first word associated with cybersecurity, but Ashley Schwartau adds a creative spark into the IT (Information Technology) mix at her family-owned company, Security Awareness Company. There, Schwartau is the Creative Director...

The Challenges and Rewards of Being a Bilingual Early Childhood Education Teacher Sara Van Donge has been educating children from preschool through middle school for sixteen years and has found effective ways of meeting the challenges of teaching young children. And she not only faces the...

Interview with MaryJane Lewitt: Nurse Midwife and Faculty Member at the Emory Midwifery Program To say that MaryJane Lewitt has had (and continues to have) a seasoned career in as a nurse midwife is an understatement. Lewitt’s career has spanned over two decades and her professional journey...

The Field of Computer Forensics As a police officer, Frank Thornton had an intuitive hunch that computers and technology would one day play an important role in criminal investigations. His “cop’s intuition” paid off when he combined his police detective experience and his interest in technology...

Potential Benefits and Value of the RN to BSN Education Path A celebrated voice in the oncology nursing community, Sheryl Ness is a truly inspiring example of a nurse and educator who has diversified the meaning of a nurse’s role in the healthcare industry. Ness is currently a nurse educator at...

Leadership in Nursing Dawn C. Joy has a unique perspective on nursing in the healthcare industry. She instructs nurses as part of the faculty at Gannon University’s Villa Maria School of Nursing, while simultaneously working to complete her dissertation as a PhD candidate in Organizational...

Forensic Theories & Criminal Cases Dr. Geoff Desmoulin proves that being a scientist does not mean that your work is confined to the laboratory. Dr. Desmoulin’s expertise in the field of Forensic Engineering has brought him to the boardroom, the courtroom, and even to your living room...

The Field of Digital Forensics When you think of forensic science your mind is likely drawn to depictions on popular television shows like CSI. But what’s it really like in the field? We tried to answer this question by chatting with Steve Burgess, the founder and President of Burgess...

What Does it Take to Complete a RN To BSN Program Online? Florence Nightingale once said, “Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work…” Nursing may be technically considered a science, but...

Homeland Security: Real Life vs. The Media FBI agents keep a lot of secrets, even when they’ve moved on to new careers. Though Jon Tasch is no longer an FBI Counterterrorism Agent, there are many aspects of his work that he can never share with family and friends. What he can reveal is that he...

A Day in the Life of a Forensic Scientist Serial crime sprees, whether fictional or real, send shivers down almost everyone’s spine. But in some cases, a passion for mysteries, true crime stories, and even popular shows like CSI can be a springboard for a real-life career in forensics. At least...

The Field of Forensics: Investigation vs. Science You’ve seen it on episodes of Law and Order: SVU: an impressionable child, manipulated and coerced by a vindictive parent, accuses an innocent person of abuse or other crimes.  Sure, stories like these make great TV – but sadly, they aren’t...

Benefits of Accelerated/Bridge Nursing Programs by Erin Kent If you’re wondering whether an accelerated or bridge nursing program is right for you, you’re not alone. Nursing is the one of the fastest growing occupations in America[i], and it makes sense that many students (especially busy...

Interview with Dan Rubin, Chief Medical Officer of LogicStream Health  by Kelly Bray DeSola   Dan Rubin is a proven leader in healthcare information systems – particularly in the areas of clinical documentation, decision support, data analytics, structured clinical...

Richelle Futch is a clinical social worker who is currently working in private practice as an individual and couples counselor in Washington State. She believes in a humanistic approach, in which the counselor treats clients as equals and serves as an insightful guide while they do the required...

As more and more diseases and health problems gain public awareness in America, one issue in particular remains shrouded by stigma: mental health struggles. The same people who won’t hesitate to see a doctor if they suspect they have cancer, diabetes, or any other physical illness will avoid...

Effective Leadership Theories Dan Gaken wears many different hats in the leadership realm. He is currently the Director of the Leadership Institute at Central Michigan University, where he also serves as a Leadership Studies instructor and advisor for Habitat for Humanity. Gaken is also the...

The Importance of Ethics in Leadership A reputation that’s taken years to build can be decimated in a matter of minutes – just ask Bernie Madoff, the former executives at Enron, or the many other business leaders who abandoned moral high ground in exchange for bigger profits.  That’s why...

Leadership and Innovation Trends “Innovation” is a buzzword that’s thrown around casually in the business world today, and like any buzzword, overuse threatens to dilute its meaning and significance. However, in these hyper-competitive times, companies who refuse to innovate – or rather...

Jaynine Howard is an Adjunct Psychology professor at Coastal Carolina Community College, a 20-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a business and career coach. During her service with the Marines, Howard earned her B.S. in Social Psychology from Park University. She went on to earn a...

Legendary football coach and business executive Vince Lombardi once said, “Leaders aren’t born, they are made.”  As President of SkillPoint Consulting, a firm specializing in talent development and employee performance, Marsha King has built an entire business around the same premise: that...

Q&A with Linda Khalil, RN Welcome to eLearner’s spotlight on nursing, where we discuss the rewards and challenges of this in-demand occupation with real workers in the field. Learn more about the field of nursing and nursing careers. The next interview in our series is with Linda Khalil,...

Q&A with Amanda Avery, CPNP Welcome to eLearner’s spotlight on nursing, where we discuss the rewards and challenges of this in-demand occupation with real workers in the field. Learn more about what it takes to become a nurse. The first interview in our series is with Amanda Avery,...

Take one glance at the list of America’s most-watched television shows, and there’s no denying that our country is intensely fascinated by crime and punishment.  In an era when shows like NCIS and Law & Order: SVU dominate television screens across the nation, Hollywood has catalyzed a...

Learning about the different criminal justice degrees and their options in a field of study that you’re passionate about can be crucial to deciding which program to enroll in. If you’ve been going back and forth about whether or not to pursue different criminal justice degrees, you might be...

by Erin Kent   Video games have come a long way since 1980, when Pac-Man began eating his way through a computer-generated maze and into arcades across America.  But even with today’s mind-blowing innovations in technology and design software, modern computer animation still...

She has the distinction of being one of the very first to have graduated from Walden University's Master of Science in Nursing Education program. So it's no wonder that Joan Goudounis's new degree is opening her up to a number of firsts. Joan, a married mother of two children, 15 and 19, began...

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