Claudia Werner-Rutledge, PhD, RN, CNE is a nurse educator with enthusiasm for online education, critical thinking, as well as evidence based practice in education and nursing. Claudia earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, summa cum laude from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, while working as a registered nurse in a neurosurgical and intermediate care unit. Claudia completed a Master of Science with a focus on Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems with graduate honors, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Health care Education from Regis University during her transition from acute care nursing to becoming an educator.
While serving as a nursing instructor and program coordinator at a Community College Claudia embraced the multicultural teaching/learning environment and had the opportunity to participate in the transition from a traditional nursing program to incorporating hybrid and online courses, provided professional development courses to new college faculty and collaborated on system-wide efforts to improve critical thinking across the health sciences field.
Claudia also holds a nursing specialty certificate as a Certified Nurse Educator by the National League for Nursing. Claudia joined Grand Canyon University as adjunct faculty while completing her dissertation and graduated with distinction from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, earning a PhD in Education with a specialization in Nursing Education.
Claudia resides in San Antonio, TX, and frequently connects with her family to enjoy their company. She finds pleasure delivering meals to those in need, caring for her pets, reading, cooking, and quilting.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
I love teaching and learning online because it allows me to make a connection with each student, to openly present and exchange new thoughts, ideas, information, and foster curiosity and exploration of the subject matter.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
I strive to empower the students to take control of their learning and to present questions and comments that allow the students to express the learned information, in a student centered culture that fosters opportunities for learning, growth, and individual excellence.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
Student success is best exemplified when a student can apply aspects of his/her current practice to the material studied. Sometimes that connection can be expanded, and through discussion, research, and discovery the student will develop a new protocol, system, or assessment. If this information is taken back to the practice setting this student will actively contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession.