Alison Sutton, MSN, RN, NCSN, PMH-BC
Instructor of Nursing
My objective as a teacher is to have students understand the fundamental content of the course, cultivate intrinsic care of their patients, and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that they can apply to the real-world clinical setting. Another important objective is to cultivate trusting relationships and respect in the classroom, promoting a healthy and productive learning environment. The holistic nurse theorist, Jean Watson, noted holistic care encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and cultural aspects. The disease might be cured, but illness would remain because, without caring, health is not attained. Caring is the essence of nursing. Caring can help the person gain control, become knowledgeable, and promote healthy changes. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been raised in a family of educators. My faith and family inspired me to become a nurse educator, and my role models were those that led by example. They were leaders who strove to look after each other and advocate for others. I continually strive to emulate them. As a result, I feel it is my duty and privilege, as well as my calling and joy, to repay this debt by teaching and mentoring students. I simply love the challenge of figuring out how to engage my students, illuminate key concepts and skills, and challenge them to apply these skills and grow as critical thinkers in their nursing practice. My teaching philosophy is also rooted in student-centered teaching: students are responsible for their own learning and need to be given the tools to take on that responsibility. It is my goal to partner with students to provide them with the tools and instruction to be successful. I am dedicated to empowering the next generation of nursing professionals with the knowledge, skills, and values required to make a positive impact in healthcare and beyond.
BiographyI am blessed to be a nursing professional for the last thirty years. My experience includes a diverse background encompassing community health, administration, school nursing, psychiatric mental health, and teaching at various levels, including K-12 and college. My teaching philosophy is grounded in a commitment to fostering an engaging and inclusive learning environment at Florida Southern College.
Throughout my nursing journey, I have gained a profound passion for both clinical practice and education.
As a firm believer in lifelong learning, I maintain my expertise through relevant certifications, such as Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (PMH-BC) by ANCC and Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN) by ANCC, which further strengthens my ability to provide comprehensive and up-to-date instruction to my students.
I am a mother of four wonderful adult children and "Mimi" to six beloved grand babies whom I love to spend time with and spoil! I enjoy most sports, especially swimming and boating, love learning and exploring the arts, and traveling as much as possible. I also enjoy serving my community at large. These aspects of my life enrich my teaching philosophy by instilling a sense of empathy, compassion, and understanding, which I strive to bring into the educational experience.
- Master of Science (Nursing Education), Grand Canyon University, 2012
- Bachelor of Science (Hospitality Management), East Stroudsburg University, 1986
- Associate of Science (Nursing), Union County College, 1992
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (PMH-BC) by ANCC
- Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN) by ANCC
InterestsYou will find me with my family, grandbabies, friends, and sometimes solo, either traveling, boating, swimming, reading, enjoying the arts and our community.
- Eta Sigma Delta, National Honors Society Hospitality Management, 1986
- Honors Society Nursing, Union County College, 1992
- School Nurse of the Year, Lee County School Board, 2009