Emilie Budd

Emilie Budd

College of Nursing


M.S. in Nursing - University of Colorado, CO
B.S. in Nursing - Mesa State College, CO
A.S. in Nursing - Northern Arizona University, AZ

About Emilie Budd

Emilie Budd has been a nursing instructor in GCU's Tucson BSN program since January 2010.  She teaches most of the courses nursing students experience in the first semester. During the summer she has explored teaching online in the RN to BSN and she has found that a great complement to her career as an assistant professor at GCU.  This teaching commitment is her primary focus. 

Emilie has been a nurse for over 30 years.  Her first nursing degree was an associate degree from NAU, then a BSN from Mesa College in Colorado and a MSN from University of Colorado. Most of her bedside nursing experience occurred in rural southwestern Colorado in a small intensive care unit, where she achieved certification in critical care.  A few years ago she discovered Tucson while doing a travel assignment in the MSICU at Northwest Medical Center.  She taught in a practical nursing program in Colorado for 15 years and missed teaching.  Since then GCU has become a good fit. 

Emilie and her husband, Mike, have a second home in Dolores, Colorado, which works well for her online course facilitation. She finds teaching the RN to BSN courses especially of interest, as she is a chronic "discusser" and learns so from listening to student stories and concerns from all over the country.  She feels teaching online is a facilitating role; whereas ground teaching is not.  One of her effective teaching strategies is to "stir the pot" in the discussion questions to create many relevant (and maybe some not so relevant) tangents on the assigned topic.  She finds it particularly rewarding to see quality of academic writing improve for individual students throughout an online course.


How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?

Nursing and teaching are two of my passions. Being able to teach nursing combines these passions. I believe God put us on this world to make a difference, and I know guiding others in their learning experience helps to make that difference. Teaching online allows me to travel and work at the same time. I have thought about fully retiring for about a year now, but when a student indicates something I have said or done has helped in his or her life, I feel compelled to continue.


What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?

I believe my biggest strategy that makes me effective is that I am present. I check the classroom at least twice a day, seven days a week, respond to questions immediately, and comment on at least one or two student posts each time I check the classroom. I also try and give encouragement to students who are struggling, and constructive criticism where needed.


What is a GCU online student success story you can share?

One of my former BSN students completed an MSN and is now teaching full-time in a program in Maryland. The student who is now teaching told me that it was my fault that she continued on for her MSN so that she could teach. She had personal issues during her BSN, and I kept telling the student she had the ability to continue on for the goal she had set for herself. She wants to be able to offer that type of inspiration to others.