Valerie received her M.S. in nursing with a concentration in community health and B.A. in Biology from the University of Southern Maine. She graduated in the first Master’s options class for students who held degrees in other fields to enter into nursing practice. Valerie has a diverse experience throughout the continuum of care including hospital, home healthcare, community based long term care, nursing education, and area agency on aging work. Her interest focuses on gerontology and rural healthcare and she is currently certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a gerontological nurse. Valerie is the immediate past President of the Maine Gerontological Society and also an MGS Fellow. Valerie is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International and has held both local and regional positions in the organization. She lives in Bangor with her husband of over 20 years and her three lovely daughters.
As a nurse, I embrace the contribution that nurses make throughout the continuum of healthcare globally. I believe that nurses are emerging leaders in work-life balance and can help others in ensuring health is central to personal balance. As an educator, I have a strong commitment to the success of nursing students. I believe in a diverse educational experience for nursing students that involves challenges in the classroom, laboratory and in clinical settings. Through a variety of teaching methods and recognizing the importance of the individual in learning, I believe that I am able to help develop nurses who are successful in practice. I am also a firm believer in innovation, creativity, and nurses as pioneers to help move both the profession and nursing practice forward globally.
A Maine native, Connie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine and her Master of Science degree in Psychiatric nursing from Boston University. In addition, Connie is nationally certified as an adult psychiatric clinical specialist by ANCC. She has practiced and taught in a variety of settings, most of which are related to mental health. At Husson, Connie teaches at the beginning level of the Husson nursing program with freshmen students as well as at the senior level in the mental health nursing course.
It is wonderful to see students grow and mature over their time at Husson. Husson’s size works to our advantage, in that it allows small class sizes, and the relationships between faculty and students make for a strong program. It is nice to be on a campus where people know your name and there is a real sense of community here. I am married and have two grown children and two little grandchildren. I enjoy traveling, hiking and exploring the coast, and reading.
Teresa Steele, an Advanced Practice RN (APRN), is board certified as an adult psychiatric mental health CS by ANCC. She is a professor and Director of Husson College's Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing Program. She has been instrumental in developing a home care psychiatric nursing program in the rural community. She is actively involved in policy making in the state consults with mental health agencies and is regionally recognized as an advocate for the mentally ill. Dr. Steele completed a phenomenological research study entitled "The Experience of Being a Psychiatric Nurse in the Rural Community." In 1997 she submitted and was granted federal funding from the Bureau of Health Professions to begin the Advanced Nurse Education program entitled "Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing Program" at Husson. In 2000 the program received a second federal grant from the BHPr to expand the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing Program. Dr. Steele received a nursing diploma from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Portland, Maine and she has a BUS from the University of Maine. Teresa has a Master's in Education from the University of Maine and a Master's in Nursing from the University of Texas. She also has a Ph.D. in Nursing Science and Organizational Behavior from The Union Institute in Cincinnati Ohio.