Dr. Brooke McAtee, Director of Nursing
Director of Nursing
"I love helping students meet their goals and conquer their dreams. I like being their support system through their educational process."
Dr. Brooke McAtee
Director of Nursing
- Ph.D. – Capella University, 2020
- MSN – University of Phoenix, 2008
- BSN – University of Missouri-Columbia, 2002
I began my nursing career as a labor and delivery nurse at the University Hospital. I cared for many high-risk clients in my role as a nurse on the unit. I entered nursing education in 2005 and found it to be my true passion. I have aided in the development of practical nursing, associate degree nursing, and bachelor's degree nursing curriculum. I helped develop and taught courses in one of the first online associate degree nursing programs in the state. I aided in the relaunch of the RN to BSN program at Northwest by aiding in the development of the RN to BSN nursing curriculum. I have been provided an opportunity to serve as a Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) site reviewer. I enjoy visiting other nursing programs across the nation.
In which online program do you teach?
- RN to BSN
- MS in Nursing
In what ways do you connect with online students?
I use various forms of technology to ensure student learning and engagement occur. I love Zoom meetings with students. The virtual face to face meetings enable us to discuss their questions about learned concepts, similar to being in a live classroom. I utilize announcements, emails, and text messages as my main forms of communication. Students are able to reach me by cell phone number on Day 1 of the program, even outside normal university business hours. I love sending encouraging text messages to students or answering questions to help alleviate their anxiety throughout their educational journey.
What do you want your students to take away from class?
Overall, I want students to succeed and have a positive learning experience. I hope to provide students with various skills that prepare them for a leadership role in the nursing profession.
Why did you start teaching?
Honestly, I began teaching because it provided an opportunity for me to be home with my family every night. However, soon after taking on my role as a nurse educator, I found it to be one of the most difficult jobs, yet the most rewarding. I love helping students meet their goals and conquer their dreams. I like being their support system through their educational process. My favorite day as a teacher is graduation because I get to observe a student receive something that they worked hard to achieve, and I get to honor their success!
What advice would you give to your online students?
Online students should never feel bad about reaching out with questions or needed clarification. Online educators want you to succeed; however, if we are not aware of your questions or concerns, we cannot help.
In addition, time management is critical for online learners! Make a calendar and schedule time each day for your coursework. If you need help with managing your time, our team of nurse educators can help you!
What is the value of a BSN for a working nurse?
A BSN-prepared nurse has increasing opportunities to work in different nursing specialties. The BSN-prepared nurse is regarded as a leader in the field and can help ensure the profession continues on a positive trajectory.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
Besides the Bible, I enjoy self-help books about health and nutrition. I also love any True Crime novels.
What do you do when you need a laugh?
I love "The Office!"
Tell us something your students may not know about you:
I love to fish!