Employee of the Month

June 2017

Debbie Bauer

COM June 2017 employee of the month of Debbie Bauer


"She comes to us with a wealth of experience in nursing, including emergency and ICU nursing as well as hospital administration. Debbie has gone above and beyond in helping our department complete new curriculum courses in nursing. Debbie is also on the nursing admission committee and right away she jumped into analyzing data collected on previous nursing students to track data for future admissions criteria.

Debbie met with each of the students she mentors at the beginning of the semester to discuss learning strategies and any obstacles they may have in their way of learning. Debbie challenges students in the classroom and clinical with higher-level critical thinking, which has prepared students for the NCLEX test and passing courses."

A total of 66 nurses graduated this year, thanks in part to Debra Bauer’s work as a COM professor and clinical instructor.

This year she worked to create a capstone course to encapsulate all students learn in two years and to apply it to real-world situations.

“I’m passionate about teaching. I love the interaction with students and being able to get them excited about nursing,” said Debra. “I like helping them connect the dots from school to the workplace.”

Debra previously worked as a nurse in five states – serving as a critical care RN, emergency RN, flight RN and chief executive nurse in hospitals of the HCA hospital system and other community hospitals.

“Debra came to us with a wealth of experience in the acute care setting and nursing leadership. She was instrumental in developing our new capstone course that pairs each student with a nurse for 96 hours of intense clinical experience,” said Dr. Jere Hammer, COM director of nursing.

Working with future nurses, Debra prepares students for the next step, which is to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“We encourage our students to purse their bachelor's in nursing, supporting the Institute of Medicine goal to have 80 percent of RNs with a bachelor’s degree by 2020,” said Debra. “Nursing is lifelong learning.”

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