Gail Holtzman, RN, MSN
I have been active in nursing education for 18 years. I graduated from the Bryan Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Lincoln, NE and received my BSN from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing via their RN-BSN program. My MSN is in critical care nursing with a minor in nursing education. I am proud to say that I have maintained my CCRN certification for over 20 years and this past year became a Certified Nurse Educator.
I have lived all over the US, following husband who was in the Air Force. After moving to Alaska, I did get divorced, but decided to stay here because I love my job. I have a son who is 28 and lives in Anchorage, but he dreams of leaving here for some place warmer. I am an avid mystery reader and Law & Order devotee. But if truth were told, I would read anything put in front of my face.
I can think of no better profession than nursing. I have had experiences, both good and bad, that have taught me something about myself, others and life in general. Even with the challenges we face today as nurses, I cannot imagine doing anything else. I love talking to nurses because of their ideas, their compassion, their inability to settle for the status quo and their creativity. Nursing education gives me a chance to see nurses from the time they start becoming until they are retiring and to impact patient care in so many ways because of what and how I teach.