College of Nursing
M.S. in Nursing - University of Phoenix, AZ
B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing - St. Joseph's College, ME
R.N. - St. Thomas School of Nursing, OH
About Barbara Trabelsi
Barbara began her career working as an OB/Mother-Baby RN. She transitioned into teaching by developing and implementing specific classes surrounding women's health issues, including childbirth education, New Mom's Discussion Group, Pregnancy Exercise, Bereavement Program, and Preparing for Puberty. She entered the business environment and worked in pharmaceutical sales as a District Manager for the Vaccine Division to promote infant and childhood immunization. After receiving her MSN degree, she transitioned to teach nursing classes at the local ground level and began her wonderful career as an online faculty member. Barbara developed curriculum for classes such as Women's Health and Health Education. She teaches Working with Healthcare Professionals as well as a number of classes in the Nursing Department at GCU.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
GCU provided a wonderful opportunity for me to help students continue their passion for nursing. We are truly blessed to be RNs and we give our best to our patients. I gain great satisfaction hearing students who are excited and positive about learning and sharing their experiences in class. Many take what they learn in class and apply it to their own unit in the workplace.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
I try to always encourage students to provide examples to support their statements. They may draw from their experiences and apply it to what they read or discuss in class. The interaction between students creates a supportive, positive environment.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
I think we have a wonderful nursing program and all classes center around the learning experience. I have several students tell me the feedback I provided as they developed their resume in our Leadership class helped them to get an interview. I also have students let me know they developed ideas for their workplace based on discussions or class readings and assignments. Students take what they learn in our classes and apply it to the real world