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Employee Spotlight

Karen McConnell |PN Instructor |25 Years at SIC


Karen McConnell

 

Education:
Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Murray State University

Awards:
The Loren P. and Velma Dallas Outstanding Teacher Award for 2010

Organizations or committees:
Currently I serve on the PDP Committee, Assessment Committee and Smoking Ban Committee. I have served as Co-Sponsor of the Nursing Club.

 

What other positions have you held at SIC?
Health Occupations Program Coordinator and instructor from 2006-2012

What positions have you held prior to SIC?
Prior to my employment at SIC I worked as a floor nurse in the Emergency Room, Special Care Unit and General Med-Surge floor.

What does SIC means to you?
SIC means to me a gateway to reaching personal and professional goals. I am proud to be part of a group of such dedicated instructors. Students leave our programs well-prepared to enter the work force or advance their education. It has been a joy to watch our nursing graduates working at local facilities and neighboring states.

What is your favorite memory at SIC?
In 25 years of teaching at SIC I have numerous memories to pick from and to select one as a favorite is difficult. I think it is easier to select my most memorable teaching moment which is more a collective answer. I have always believed that the instruction our nursing students receive as future healthcare providers must be accurate and current. This has become more evident and personal as my grandmother and both my parents have recently received exceptional care by our past graduates. It is in those times of quiet observation that I have realized it is not just one memorable moment of teaching but a multitude of moments.

What do you do in your spare time?
I love to cook, read and spend time with my family. I enjoy traveling to new destinations, experiencing their culture and meeting new people. I also teach the 5th grade PSR (Parochial School of Religion) class at St. Kateri Church in Shawneetown.

Where’s your favorite vacation spot?
We were very fortunate to take our children to Rome, Italy last summer. It was a trip full of wonderful memories. The history, architecture, cuisine and cultural diversity was amazing.

In the movie based on your life, who plays you?
I love old, classical movies so I would probably say Elizabeth Taylor.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
There are many historical and biblical people I would love to have met. I think, however, the one person I would like to have dinner with but more specifically to learn about her day-to-day life would be Mary, Mother of Jesus. What a courageous and special woman she was and what an example to others.

What is the best piece of advise you have ever heard? 
My favorite piece of advice as an instructor is a quote by W.B. Yeats, “Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.”