Emily McClung, M.S.N.


Instructor of Nursing

B.S.N., West Virginia Wesleyan College
M.S.N., Duke University

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Teaching Philosophy

What motivates me to teach, and to teach well, is the desired end product: An exceptional nurse. An exceptional nurse is knowledgeable, compassionate, holistic, ethical, a patient advocate, and integrates other disciplines in order to achieve excellence in quality patient care. I believe the road is paved with multiple opportunities for students to experience and collaborate with exceptional nurses. Because I believe the qualities that are characteristic of an exceptional nurse also are characteristic of an exceptional nurse educator, my teaching philosophy reflects my nursing practice.

I believe a student's level of commitment is influenced by my enthusiasm and passion for teaching. For me, it begins by investing my time and energy in students. I believe developing collaborative student relationships fosters a sense of mutual trust and respect. Gaining students' trust enhances the learning relationship and is reflective of my commitment to caring and my dedication to student success.

When it comes to classroom instruction, I feel that how I teach is equally as important as what I teach. I incorporate current evidence based practice in all course content. I feel it is important to include new innovations and applications not only within nursing but within related and supporting disciplines. Understanding that all students possess diverse backgrounds, I believe it is vital to encourage the integration of culture and life experiences into personal and corporate learning. I believe it is important to develop and implement innovative strategies to teach content. I believe student learning is enriched and confidence increased with the utilization of patient simulation prior to clinical exposure. I consistently evaluate, refine and enhance my delivery of information. Because I believe not all students learn and develop their skills in the classroom, I feel it important to assist students outside the learning environment to develop skills and strengthen critical thinking.

I believe that students rise to the level of realistic expectations set by the educator. I encourage and coach students to perform to the best of their ability in the classroom, learning lab, and clinical setting through positive reinforcement and constructive feedback. I believe in encouraging students to be accountable for their learning. Responsible and ethical behaviors are not learned; they are cultivated. Because quality patient care depends on the honest and ethical behavior of the nurse, I strongly feel that it is my responsibility to hold students to the same level of accountability in every aspect of their learning.

I believe my responsibility as an educator goes beyond teaching the content. Discovering ideas, passions, and personal identity is the result of encountering a variety of courses and seminars during the college experience. I believe by assisting students to incorporate knowledge from each experience, the outcome is a well-rounded student and ultimately, an exceptional nurse. By educating, encouraging and supporting students throughout the college experience, I believe I positively impact their personal and professional lives.

Classes Taught

  • Lost and Found: Lessons of Loss (Freshman Colloquium)
  • Introduction to Nursing Practice
  • Professional Clinical Practice
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Pushing Up Daisies: Western Perspective
  • Health Issues Zambia (Study Abroad)
  • Images for the Living: Artistic Manifestations of Death, Burial, and Grief
  • Role Transition in Nursing

Areas of Interest

  • Health Ministry
  • Spiritual Care
  • Oncology
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Hospice
  • Academic Integrity

Instructional Experience

  • Instructor, Hiram College Hiram, Ohio. August 2008-Present
  • Part Time Instructor, Kent State University College of Nursing Kent, Ohio. Sept 2006-2007
  • N20030 Class Coordinator, Kent State University College of Nursing Kent, Ohio. August 2005-2006
  • Lecturer, Kent State University College of Nursing Kent, Ohio. August 2003-2006

Clinical Experience

  • Staff Nurse: In-patient unit, Hospice of Medina County Medina, Ohio. August 2007-June 2009
  • Parish Nurse Health Ministry Coordinator, Bath United Church of Christ Bath, Ohio. October 2002-November 2005
  • Home Health Coordinator, Visiting Nurse Services & Affiliates Akron, Ohio. November 2002-August 2003
  • Clinical Nurse II: Hematology/Oncology, Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC. August 1998-June 2002


  • McClung, E., Grossoehme, D., & Jacobson, A. Collaborating with Chaplains to Meet Spiritual Needs. Med-Surg Nursing, June 2006

Honors and Awards

  • St. Louis University: Jonas Scholar, Jones Center of Nursing Excellence, 2012-2014
  • Honorary Girls Basketball Coach: Hiram College, January 2009
  • Med-Surg Nursing: The Journal of Adult Health, First-Time Author Writer's Award, 2007.
  • Performance-based Bonus: Kent State University, 2004-2005
  • Friends of Nursing, Excellence Award Nominee, 1999
  • Duke University:
    • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
    • Sigma Theta Tau Chapter Beta Epsilon
    • The Duke University School of Nursing Whitehead Scholarship.
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College:
    • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
    • Alpha Lambda Delta: Freshmen Honorary
    • Mortar Board: College Honorary
    • Beta Beta Beta: Biology Honorary

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