Dr. Lisa Flack, Director of the Baldwin Nursing Program

Dr. Lisa Flack is the Director of the Baldwin Nursing Program and an Associate Professor of Nursing. She started at Siena College in August 2015 and developed the program and curriculum of the RN to BS program which was approved through the NYS Board of Regents and Office of Profession in March 2016.

In addition, Dr. Flack worked with the Belanger School of Nursing to create a Dual Degree Nursing Program which is an innovative progression model where students earn both an associate's degree and bachelor's degree in Nursing.  This program was approved by the NYS Education Department Office of Professions in April 2017 and has its inaugural class starting in Fall 2017.

Dr. Flack completed a DNS in Nursing Education and Leadership at The Sage Colleges in 2013. Her dissertation work on “Translating Research into Nursing Practice: The Effect of Point-of-Care Technology upon Nurses’ Clinical Judgment” earned her a Broughton Fellowship Award for excellence in research and the Ann Gothler Research Award.

Prior to joining Siena College, Dr. Flack taught nursing at both the associate and bachelor levels of nursing and was the Director of a pre-licensure bachelor's program in Nursing. Dr. Flack completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Jean Watson’s Caring Science Institute and will be researching the effect of a caring science curriculum upon nurses caring behaviors. Dr. Flack teaches Transformational Nursing Leadership each semester.

Degrees 

Watson Caring Science Postdoctoral Scholar, Watson Caring Science Institute

Doctor of Nursing Science Education and Leadership, The Sage Colleges

Masters in Nursing Education and Clinical Specialty, The Sage Colleges

Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Hartwick College 

Favorite Courses to Teach 

I am passionate about nursing, so I enjoy teaching most all nursing courses. My clinical background is in women’s and children’s health, so I have taught many obstetrics and pediatrics courses in the past. I also enjoy teaching Professional Concepts of Nursing which introduces nurses to the to the role(s) and role models of professional nursing as well as Transformational Nursing Leadership which prepares our nurses to be caring leaders in their profession.

Why I Chose Siena 

Siena College’s Catholic and Franciscan values and philosophy of education and service is one that seamlessly aligns with the values of the Nursing profession. Working in a liberal arts college with small class sizes allows for a student-faculty relationship that encourages personal growth and opportunities for discovery. Siena College also values excellence in teaching and research and provides opportunities for faculty and students to be involved and work collaboratively.

Professional Experience

Director Baldwin Nursing Program and Associate Professor, 2015 to present

Director Nursing Program and Assistant Professor, Sage Colleges, 2010-2015

Nursing Faculty, Hudson Valley Community College, 2009-2010

Assistant Professor, Maria College, 2005-2009

Substitute School Nurse, Bethlehem School District, 2004-2008

Adjunct Nursing Faculty, Maria College, 1995-1999

Nursing Education Specialist, Albany Medical Center, 1993-1994

Neonate Education Coordinator, Albany Medical Center, 1992-1993

Nursing Faculty, Maria College, 1990-1992

NICU Staff Nurse, St. Peter’s Hospital, 1990-1994

Pediatric Staff Nurse, Pond View Pediatrics, 1989-1992

NICU Staff  Nurse, Albany Medical Center, 1986-1990

My Teaching Philosophy

Educating nurses is an incredible journey of transformation. This process seeks to not only instill vast knowledge, but also develop strong critical thinking skills that are essential in our field.  Nursing involves both science and art, or what Aristotle described as technè and  phronesis, to instill strong critical thinking and clinical judgment skills. This is the foundation of nursing education and must be inherent in how we educate our new nurses to function as strong practitioners. 

My vision as a nurse educator is based upon the development of strong,independent thinkers who have the skills to not only function as safe practitioners, but also as life long learners.  I strongly believe that a baccalaureate education in nursing is inherent in that vision.

We currently are in a pivotal time of change for nursing education.  The increased drive for a baccalaureate degree in nursing is supported in the sentinel report by the Institute of Medicine (2011) “Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Practice.” In this report, it is noted that the number of registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees should be increased from 50% to 80% by 2020.  Furthermore, there has been significant research done showing the benefits of baccalaureate education in nursing improving patient outcomes (Aiken, Kelly & McHugh, 2011; Aiken, Clarke, Cheung, Sloane, & Silber, 2003).  Hospitals are seeking baccalaureate preparednurses at a higher rate than ever before due in part to evidence-based research that has quantified the improved patient outcomes and satisfaction inherent with such prepared nurses.

Having worked in both associate degree and baccalaureate degree nursing programs, I can attest to the aforementioned benefits derived from more and enriched liberal art and nursing coursework. The ability to design a classroom in a more humanistic and caring philosophical approach which is based upon mutual respect and validation of life experiences enhances the students voice and sense of worthiness, which in turn furthers their thinking. Embracing diversity such as cultural and socioeconomic differences in the classroom can lead to a richness of the educational experience that is essential in nursing. Nursing education should be made more emancipatory by a relationship built on shared learning and equalism where dialogue and discourse on assumptions is the norm so that the process of learning is valued over the outcome of learning. I value the voice of my students and strive to guide them in developing confidence so they can have a strong voice and advocate for their patients and themselves to further the profession of nursing.

The interweaving of the technical and artisan aspects of nursing must begin with the diverse educational process that offers opportunities for academic success and transfers into  thoughtful clinical practice.  The way in which one is educated has the potential to alter the life experiences of the person so that they can have a voice and sense of worthiness and humanity to move forward in their profession.

References:

Aiken, L., Kelly, L., & McHugh, M. (2011). Nurse outcomes in Magnet® and Non-Magnet hospitals. JONA: Journal of Nursing Administration, 41 (10), 428-433.