Hazel Dennison

Hazel Dennison

Director of Continuing Nursing Education

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Worked as a "nursing assistant" until I became an RN.
Worked nights in dialysis until I got my BSN and MSN.
Worked in dialysis as an educator until I got my NP.
Volunteered on an Approver board and worked as an NP in dialysis.
Became an Administrator -and still worked as an NP at the same facility.
Became a Quality Improvement Director for Medicare.
Became a Nursing Instructor while I worked on my doctorate.
Director of CE for several nursing associations -and now Director of CE for Walden University.

Education

High School
Maple Shad HS
Bachelor
Diploma in Nursing
Helene Fuld College of Nursing
Graduate
BSN in Nursing
Widener University-Main Campus
Doctorate
MSN in Nursing
Widener University-Main Campus
Certification/License
DNP in Nursing
Rutgers University-Newark
Vocational
Post-Masters FNP Certificate
Monmouth University

Career

Director of Continuing Nursing Education

Provide contact hours on different subjects for nurses.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Technology
Problem Solving

Day to Day

Get up and check out emails. Review all of the educational activities scheduled for the week; make sure all documentation is completed and that the software program is functional for the CE activity. Attend meetings about new ideas and new educational activities.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I learned about continuing education (CE) by volunteering for my nurses association - I worked with them for over 15 years and then took my first position as a Director of Continuing Nursing Education -there was a lot to learn -and there is always positives and negatives to every position. I love the challenges of trying out new things and helping nurses earn CE and learn something interesting.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

I think volunteering in the field - there are many positions where you can do this - is helpful. You can see if you like it and are interested in CE and get a really great knowledge base.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
MSN with Education Major

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"It will take you years to complete your doctorate."

Challenges I Overcame

Juggling Career and Personal Life