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Dr. Karen Camargo

Clinical Assistant Professor

"The online environment is different from traditional campus courses; it requires self-discipline and time commitment. A regular study system needs to be established and maintained, and there is a need to keep track of dates, be aware of when written assignments are due, and complete appropriate coursework in a timely manner."

Degrees Held:

Ph.D. – Touro International University, 2013

Career Highlights:

I have over 20 years of nursing and teaching experience.

In which online program do you teach?

RN to BSN

Which classes do you teach in the online RN to BSN program?

Transition to the BSN Role, Foundations of Comprehensive Pathophysiology in Nursing, Comprehensive Health Assessment (PLE), Healthcare Organizations, and Informatics & Global Health Nursing

What types of projects can students expect in your online courses?

Publisher online presentations, discussion boards, written assignments and quizzes

What should students take away from your classes? What do they learn?

The Transitions to the BSN Role course focuses on the baccalaureate-prepared nursing role, professionalism, teamwork, clinical judgment, communication and health information technology.

The Foundations of Pathophysiology in Nursing course examines basic pathophysiological processes that underlie diseases.

The Comprehensive Health Assessment course provides an in-depth exploration of a comprehensive health assessment. It also introduces the concepts of health promotion and patient teaching and how they are applied within nursing practice.

In the Healthcare Organizations and Informatics course, healthcare organizations and payment systems are studied, and the perspectives of providers, institutions, insurers and healthcare workers is explored. The role of information in the continuity of care and the implication of electronic information in nursing practice will be examined.

The Global Health course explores global healthcare systems, models and health disparities.

How do students complete clinical obligations in the online program?

In the RN to BSN online program, there are specific courses which offer students opportunities to integrate new practice-related knowledge and skills; these are known as Practice Learning Experiences (PLEs) opportunities. The PLE opportunities and settings vary depending on the course and some may be augmented by simulation.

What is the value of a BSN? What are some of the skills nurses gain in this program?

Many students face the question: Why go back to school for a BSN? Some students experience negative comments from peers who will say: "you won't get paid more," "it doesn't make a difference," and "it's not worth it."

However, after completing the various RN to BSN online courses, students often share that they have begun to initiate change within their own practice settings, integrate evidence-based practice into their current nursing practice, have made a positive impact in their patient's care (utilize and provide health promotion and patient teaching more), have improved critical-thinking, clinical-judgment and clinical-reasoning skills, have gained confidence, and ultimately feel they have achieved something for themselves.

What advice would you give to those considering an online RN to BSN program?

The online environment is different from traditional campus courses; it requires self-discipline and time commitment. A regular study system needs to be established and maintained, and there is a need to keep track of dates, be aware of when written assignments are due, and complete appropriate coursework in a timely manner.


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