Cheryl Conley, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Instructor of Nursing

My teaching philosophy embraces conceptual learning as it focuses on engaging students and getting them to think more critically. The goal of conceptual learning should be to spark student enthusiasm for learning. As I reflect on my belief about teaching, I have found that it is not solely dependent upon one particular delivery method or solely directed towards one type of student. As times change, so have our students. Diversity, culture, experience, and learning styles are just a few things every professor should consider. It is hugely important to me as a teacher to not only have sincere enthusiasm in the material that is taught but for the students themselves. My goal is to build my student’s confidence as they receive positive recognition for what they are learning. I want my students to be hungry for the material; and as a professor, I want to be passionate about delivering and engaging my students. I want learning to be fun and for students to be active participants. Albeit, one constant remains in this era of academic change and that is a teachers’ commitment to the success of their students. I have seen first-hand the great rewards of teaching whenever we can turn passive teaching into active teaching all while keeping our students at the forefront of the academic arena.

- Cheryl Conley

Connect with
Cheryl Conley

building is Blanton Nursing - room is 117
Phone 863.680.5028



I grew up traveling the world as my father was in the military for 27 years. As a child I had the awesome privilege of living overseas in Japan and the Philippines as well as States-side in California, Virginia and Michigan. I attended Northern Michigan University and this was where I met my husband, Mike, of 27 years. We have been blessed with two beautiful grown children, Nick and Sarah. We moved to Florida in 2003 and love the Lakeland area. I have been a nurse for over 27 years and have spent the last 5 years practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Outside of the office you may find me at Alafia or Carter Road Mountain bike trails as this has become one of my favorite hobbies since becoming an empty nester. Teaching is a passion of mine and I absolutely adore nursing students! My personal philosophy centers around God, Family and Career.


I love spending time with family. I enjoy traveling, the beach, scuba diving and mountain biking.


January 2014
Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35229
Post-Master’s Certificate, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Graduated December 12, 2015, GPA 4.0

May 2005
University of Phoenix, Tampa, Florida
12802 Tampa Oaks Boulevard, Temple Terrace, Florida 33637
Master of Science in Nursing, graduated May 2007

August 1989
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan
1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, Michigan 49855
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, graduated May 1993

Honors and Awards

Professional Organizations, Awards, and Certifications

  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Family Practice Certification, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 2015 - Present
  • CPR certified 11/2018- 11/2020
  • Certificate of Recognition: Samford University, 4.0 GPA, December 2015.
  • Dean’s list of Distinguished Students: Samford University, December 2014 – December 2015
  • National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award, Austin, Texas, 2010
  • Member, National/Florida League for Nursing, 2007-present
Sigma Theta Tau, Induction into the Nursing Honor Society, 2009

Publications and Exhibitions

Glidewell, L., & Conley, C. (2014). The use of human patient simulation to improve academic test scores in nursing students. Teaching & Learning In Nursing, 9(1), 23-26.      doi:10.1016/j.teln.2013.08.001