|Mindy Darling, MSN, FNP earned a Bachelor of Nursing with honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature from the University of Arizona. She completed graduate work (also at the U of A) while working as an RN in Intensive Care. Mindy holds a Masters of Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is nationally certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Memberships also include Sigma Theta Tau and the Southern Arizona Advanced Practitioner Society.
Academically, Mindy joined GCU as adjunct faculty in 2010. Clinically, she is a nurse practitioner in a pulmonary practice in Tucson, AZ. She enjoys working with patients addressing a variety of pulmonary and related concerns. She is also extensively involved in working with the electronic medical records for the practice including training clinicians and
Mindy was born in Tucson, AZ and other than some time studying Spanish abroad has lived there her whole life. She and her husband, Brett, have a 9 month old daughter and enjoy traveling and hiking. They are also actively involved their church community.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
I find fulfillment facilitating courses at GCU because it allows me to be involved with the nursing community and to share my experiences with future nursing leaders. I loved being a student and hope to facilitate classes such that others can have the same experience.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
Often the simplest strategies are the most effective. My best teaching strategy is to log in to classes often to answer questions and give feedback. Having questions and concerns addressed quickly allows students to focus on learning course content rather than dwelling on small details.
What is one GCU online student success story you can share?
I had a student who annually went on a week-long mission trip. The trip happened to take place during my five week course. We were able to work together to find ways for him to complete the coursework successfully. I am grateful that so many GCU nursing students continue to exert positive influence on their communities and families while pursuing further education.