Carol Nash is an Associate Professor in the AAS Program of the School of Nursing as the solo faculty based in the valley at MatSu College in Palmer. She has been teaching at UAA since 2002 with the initial five years being on the Anchorage campus with traditional students. She truly understands both the traditional student in a classroom and the outreach students all around Alaska as she has worked with both as well as teaching clinically in the BS program several summers.
Carol graduated initially from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked full time with some form of acutely ill adult since then – and has been a nurse more than 2/3 of her life! Along the way she earned a second degree as a biology major with the idea to teach pathophysiology to nursing students. In 1997 she graduated with a Masters in Nursing Science with a focus on adult acute care nursing education. Over the years she has been certified as a critical care nurse, med/surg nurse, emergency nurse, perianesthesia nurse and oncology nurse. She is BLS, ACLS and TNCC approved currently.
Carol has taught in other venues – in a diploma based school of nursing in New Hampshire, at an AAS program designed solely for the LPN at a community college in Massachusetts and as the critical care staff educator in a large suburban hospital outside Boston.
Immediately upon her initial graduation she and two classmates joined the Navy Nurse Corps. Viet Nam was in full force. She served for four years as a critical care nurse at a 2500 bed Navy hospital. She was young and the sailors,marines, soldiers and airmen, virtually all who had been drafted, were under 20 years of age. She learned much and quickly that has served her well over the years. It still fills her dreams.
Since her Navy days Carol has worked continuously in nursing – at a liver transplant unit in Denver, an outpatient radiation therapy center in San Francisco, an emergency room in New Hampshire, an oncology clinic at Dartmouth/Hitchcock Medical Center and at the VA Medical Center in New Hampshire, a phase I recovery room at ANMC in Anchorage and at MatSu Regional Medical Center. She made a conscious decision to stay at the bedside and not involved in hospital administration although she has served on numerous hospital committees over the years. She belonged to the corresponding professional organizations and attained the pertinent certifications for her role at the time. Amazingly she avoided burnout by working hard to be aware and refresh as needed.
Carol, her husband and their Siberian Huskies emigrated to Alaska in 1997. It felt like coming home after multiple visits. They both are active with dog activities – showing, sled dog ventures, judging in multiple countries and educating others about their favorite breed.
Nursing is a joy for Carol and never a regret ever.