Holly Austin is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Schoolcraft College in Livonia Michigan. Her areas of practice expertise include caring for clients with medical surgical diagnoses, specifically cardiac, respiratory, orthopedic, neurological, gynecologic, urological, gastrointestinal, oncology, and end-of-life clients. Teaching expertise includes over 9 years of teaching didactic and clinical in medical, surgical, fundamentals, advanced medical surgical, and leadership and management courses. In addition, she has taught pharmacology and nursing informatic didactic courses for over 8 years. Her passion for teaching has earned her several teaching excellence accolades including the NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Teaching and Leadership Excellence Award. Her personal motto for teaching excellence is incorporating the use of technology into the classroom and clinical settings to provide an engaging and rich learning environment. In addition, she models what it is to be a nurse by consistently upholding the standards of nursing practice including maintaining a safe environment for clients, individualizing client care, and advocating on behalf of the client.
Holly holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Northern Michigan University, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Eastern Michigan University, a graduate certificate in Teaching in Healthcare Systems (HCS) from Eastern Michigan University, and is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program from Oakland University with an anticipated degree conferment in May of 2013.
Holly's primary objective for developing the NurseTabs smartphone applications was to provide a concise and inexpensive tool for students to use in classroom and clinical settings to enhance concepts learned through their nursing curriculum. Her years of experience in both teaching and practice are infused in the applications to give a unique perspective to the topics to help students start to develop critical thinking tools to utilize with clients to provide safe and effective care. The goals of the applications are to give students a quick look at information related to diseases, drugs, concepts, and skills so they are better able to individualize client care based on their assessments, knowledge, and experience.