Dr. Kimberly Priode has been a nurse for 30 years. She said she’s inspired by patients and by her colleagues who find personal and professional rewards in helping others.
“I have been told by many colleagues that I am very positive and continue to have a bubbly personality. I think this is related to my passion of nursing,” said Priode, an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing.
“Patients are so appreciative of our efforts, as little as they may be. This both inspires and excites me to continue in this field,” she said.
“I am a proponent that nurses must be both professional and educated. This knowledge does not become static, because the field is a dynamic profession that is ever changing.”
Priode’s research specialty centers on nursing student learning and matriculation through a nursing program. “I have conducted research that signifies the importance of nursing students to persevere and prepare for their high stakes exam in order to practice. I think this research topic is crucial to how our students learn,” Priode said.
“I hope that my students can take away both my knowledge and professionalism as they enter such a rewarding yet rigorous profession.”
Asked why students considering nursing should choose Appalachian, Priode points to the curriculum and the confidence the program builds in students.
“For the prospective nursing student here at Appalachian, I think that our curriculum is structured in a way that allows students to understand what they are doing along with how to do it,” she said.
“Our program is both selective and highly desired due to our smaller classes and worthwhile clinical placements.”