Catherine Schoenewald, M.S.N.

Instructor of Nursing

B.A., Psychology, Earlham College
B.S.N., Kent State University
M.S.N., Kent State University
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Parent Child Nursing, Kent State University

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Sample syllabus: Nursing 30200 | Nursing 33000


Mrs. Schoenewald is a graduate of Earlham College, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology, and Kent State University, where she earned both her BSN and MSN. At Kent, she completed the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program, and became a certified Nurse Practitioner soon after graduation.  As a therapist, she provided counseling to emotionally disturbed adolescents in a residential treatment center.  Her clinical experiences, after obtaining her BSN, included  pediatric oncology, pediatric endoscopy, and both adult and pediatric emergency care.  As a Nurse Practitioner, she maintained a private practice providing primary care for children from 0-21 years old.  Following this, Ms. Schoenewald provided care to foster children in a clinic designed to provide a medical home for foster children. Additionally, she cared for pediatric victims of both physical and sexual abuse, performed physical exams to identify the abuse and provided court testimony based on those exams.  Ms. Schoenewald continues as a Certified Emergency Nurse and holds a Certificate of Authority and a Certificate to Prescribe in the State of Ohio.

Teaching Philosophy

"The student's journey to knowledge must be self-directed to be complete. However, it is the job of the teacher to design opportunities that encourage, support and reinforce the attainment and integration of knowledge.

While lecture is clearly the fastest way to present facts, these facts are not truly knowledge until it is understood by the student in his or her way, based on past experience. The best situation, then, is one in which the student begins to learn the material independently, prior to the classroom experience. It is then my job in the classroom as teacher to encourage the integration of the material into meaningful knowledge. This is done by providing creative activities that lend opportunities for deeper understanding. The goal of these types of activities is to take the material farther than the ability to "regurgitate" information word for word.

Clearly, students are more motivated to learn when they are engaged not only with material but also with the teacher. An apathetic student is difficult to teach, just as an apathetic teacher is difficult to learn from. A teacher must be engaged and interested not only in the material but also in the student and the student's learning journey. A caring, involved, and respectful relationship between the teacher and student encourages not only the learning but also the teaching.

Particularly in the nursing field, technology is quickly changing how patient care is being conducted. Technological advances provide some information that previously had been obtained through personal interaction between the nurse and patient; it is imperative that our students learn to use the technology available not as replacement for the nurse's abilities, but rather as a tool to improve the care of patients. The pressing challenge of teaching nursing is that the human aspect of care must not be overruled by technology. A liberal arts education lends itself well to the integration of technology into the phenomenon of human caring, providing opportunities that give experience to enrich the nurse-patient interaction."

Classes Taught

  • Computations for Nursing
  • Narrative Bioethics – Co-taught
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
  • Professional Nursing IV
  • Adult Wellness

Areas of Interest

  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Ethics
  • Foster Care
  • Sense of Belonging in a Changing World
  • Mentoring of Students

Instructional Experience

  • Instructor in Nursing. Clinical and Didactic Instruction in Nursing. Hiram College, Hiram, OH. 2009 - present
  • Coordinator of Clinical Learning, Hiram College. Determined needs of new student learning center; Procurement and Organization of consumable supplies and equipment. 2008 – 09.
  • Adjunct Faculty in Nursing, Hiram College. 2008 – 09.
  • Independent Contractor: Nurse Educator. Teach elderly patients to use medication device for home use. 2004 – present.

Nursing Experience

  • Nurse Practitioner, Julia Church Health Center, Hiram College. Responsible for student health care and prevention programs. 2008.
  • Pediatric Nurse, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH. Provided Foster Care Clinic exams, sexual and physical abuse exams, and court testimony. Collaborated in multidisciplinary meetings with law enforcement, social work, Children's Services personnel. 2005 – 07.
  • Hurricane Katrina Volunteer, Reliant Arena, Houston, TX. Assisted with health Care and crises intervention in clinic for pediatric survivors and families as member of disaster response team. 2005.
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Fairlawn Family Practice, Akron, Ohio. Responsible for Well and Sick Child Care, Supervision of Clinical Staff, Resource for Electronic Medical Records, Enforcement of Standards of Care in Practice. 2002 – 03.
  • Registered Nurse, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH. Provided Emergency Care for pediatric patients and families. Member, Trauma Room Team. 1996 – 03.
  • Registered Nurse, O'Bleness Memorial Hospital, Athens, OH. Provided Emergency Nursing care to adult and pediatric patients. 1990 – 95.
  • Clinical Nurse , Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH. Provided care to pediatric oncology patients, pediatric medical-surgical patients, and Pediatric endoscopy patients. 1986 – 90.


  • Schoenewald, C, Hughes, C, Bohnert,L. Vaccine information statements. Are federal guidelines being followed? (2003) Adv Nurse Pract. 11, 63-6, 69-70.
  • Schoenewald, C. Policy and Procedure Manual for Pediatric Endoscopy Area, Rainbow Babies (Manual distributed to Fellows in Medical Residency program using suite and equipment for procedures.) 1989.

Honors and Awards

  • Chancellor's Award for Leadership, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 2011, 2012
  • BLS Instructor Certification 2009
  • CARE Ladder Level IV at Akron Children's Hospital, Department of Nursing. Akron, Ohio. 2007.
  • National Certification: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. 2002.
  • Prescription Authority Granted; (Earned after Externship as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. 2002

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