Deanna Golden, MSN, MBA, RN, is currently the course coordinator for NR-320 Mental Health Nursing and NR-446 Collaborative Healthcare at Chamberlain’s Addison campus.
I have been a nurse for 30 years, which includes eight years of medical nursing in the beginning of my career and the last 22 years in mental health. In the last 22 years, I have 12 years of management experience and eight years of staff development experience.
I am single with no children, and that allows me a lot of freedom and independence that I really enjoy in my life. I am a serious animal lover and currently have six cats that allow me to live with them.
Favorite thing to do when you are not working
I decided to start traveling about five years ago after I finished my advanced degree programs, and have been to Ireland, Egypt, Greece, Peru, Spain and Italy. I will be going to Great Britain in a few months and I am excited to visit the museum and gravesite of Florence Nightingale (the mother of the nursing profession) in England.
I believe that a student is a unique individual with a desire to learn things that are meaningful and relevant to one’s life and interests. I believe that a teacher is a unique individual that guides the student to learn, analyze information and apply it in everyday situations. The teacher/student relationship is one of the most important relationships an individual will have in his or her life.
Greatest accomplishment and/or fun fact about yourself
I graduated high school when I was 17 years old and became a nurse (LPN) when I was 18. I got a job fairly quickly as a charge nurse in a nursing home because there was a nursing shortage at that time as well. As I look back, I can’t believe I took on that kind of responsibility at such a young age. I have learned so much over the years and I feel very lucky that I have had a good career with many opportunities. When I look back at my whole 30 years, I think…….man, I’m tired!
Words of wisdom for students
I know that this program has been so rigorous and you all have sacrificed so much, and I know that the first year of your career is going to be challenging, so don’t forget to have fun in your life. A good career includes balance, so don’t pass up the opportunities to enjoy life. I feel so proud to be a part of the next generation of nurses coming into the field.