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Dr. Brooke McAtee

Director of Nursing

faculty Brook McAtee

"I love helping students meet their goals and conquer their dreams. I like being their support system through their educational process."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – Capella University, 2020
  • MSN – University of Phoenix, 2008
  • BSN – University of Missouri-Columbia, 2002

Career Highlights:

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.

Which online degree program(s) do you teach?

  • 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 books.

  • 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!

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