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Faculty Spotlight- Nancy Morris

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Nancy Morris.jpgHere at the Graduate School of Nursing, our faculty is dedicated to our students and committed to helping them grow into the next practice-focused and research-focused doctorally prepared nurses and leaders. They work day-in and day-out to make ensure student success. As a token of appreciation for our faculty, we have started a faculty spotlight! Once a month, we will choose a faculty member to showcase why they are so special to the GSN. This month, we interviewed Dr. Nancy Morris, a Professor here at the Graduate School of Nursing and the Director of the PhD program. The following are questions we asked Dr. Morris about herself and her work with the GSN:

1. How long have you been at UMass?

I started her in the Fall of 2010 so I am just beginning my 10th year.

2. What is your favorite part about working in the Graduate School of Nursing?

I enjoy welcoming new students and following their transition throughout the PhD Program – seeing the student’s defend their dissertation work brings together all they have learned throughout their time her in the GSN and as a faculty, is very rewarding.

I’m also grateful that we (as faculty) have been given the expectation and freedom to pursue excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

3. What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I have lots of interests and dabble in different things as time allows.  Sometimes it’s being outdoors – walking the dog, gardening, yard work, camping.  Other times I welcome the chance to be still and sit in a comfortable spot and knit, or crochet, or sew. Family gatherings and connecting with friends are also pastimes I enjoy.

4. What is the most helpful career advice you have received?

Kindness matters- at home, at work, among friends, among strangers.

5. When did you start becoming interested in your career?

It wasn’t until my first clinical rotation during my undergraduate nursing education that I really took interest in nursing as a career. After I began working as a staff nurse and developed relationships with patients and their families I came to realize the important role that nursing has.  It was then that I began to think about my career trajectory and contemplate ways that I could continue to make a difference for those that we serve.

6. Who has influenced you the most?

No doubt my family has taught me the most about life; the importance of sharing with and helping others in all that I do.  I have had many influential friends, colleagues, teachers, mentors, patients--all of whom have helped me in different ways, at different times.