Brooke Butcher, MS, RN, is starting a unique, online education model to help students make it through nursing school.

by Bobby Anderson, RN, Staff Writer

Those dreaded days of nursing school.
As a student and as a professor, Brooke Butcher, MS, RN remembers those days well.
The only difference was which side of the struggle she was on.
“It is completely overwhelming,” Butcher said of nursing school. “I feel like overwhelm is the biggest problem in nursing school, or at least I remember it being that way for me. Not knowing what information was important, not being able to ferret out what I actually needed to know versus what was superfluous fluff.”
“That coupled with in clinical you might not be working with a pleasant nurse or you might not have good interaction or help from your nursing instructor.”
It was those reasons she began working on The Nursing Professor, an online service dedicated to helping nursing students not only survive but thrive in nursing school.
“Most of the resources you find online are by nursing students,” Butcher explained. “They aren’t necessarily a higher quality or they don’t contain enough to give a really solid base for the material.”
Butcher also points to the huge lack of clinical experiences for students.
“My grandmother lived at the hospital and they ran the floor by the time they could graduate,” said Butcher, whose grandmother and mother were nurses. “They were in the hospital way more than they were in the classroom.”
Butcher’s master’s thesis focused on nurse residency programs, which were borne from high washout rates of first-year nurses who either left their first job or the profession entirely within their first two years.
The support wasn’t there.
Her vision is for The Nursing Professor to stand in the gap.
“I would love to see it evolve into a one-stop-shop where students can come to find all the answers they’re looking for related to nursing school,” Butcher said. “Covering content but also job hunting, help with resumes and interview skills and information about getting started as a new nurse.”
For now, the best way to connect with Butcher is by email at or visit her Facebook page The Nursing Professor.
Butcher earned her master’s degree in 2011 and began teaching at Oklahoma City Community College.
She worked with the LPN career ladder track for students pursuing their RN. After a year she transitioned to teaching NP4 content.
She stayed until 2015.
She has a varied nursing background. She worked ER, cardiac neuro ICU and an HIV unit in New York City before coming to Oklahoma Heart Hospital in 2009.
Butcher worked at Oklahoma Heart while she was teaching and taking care of her two young children.
“Right off the bat when I was teaching,” Butcher said of when she came up with the concept. “We could only provide students with so much information otherwise you’re just giving them answers and teaching to the test. I found myself developing a lot of resources they could utilize.”
“I was trying to find things online that would work. I wasn’t finding a whole lot. I was finding a lot for medical students but not for nursing students.”
“I talked to other faculty members and they thought (the idea) was ridiculous.”
She shelved the idea for a while but kept coming back to it.
Apparently, it was her passion.
“I feel like I have a good way of breaking down information for students in a way that is very easy for them to understand,” she said.
She was contacted by students looking for tutoring.
She shared with them her idea of a one-stop-shop of resources for nursing students that would be cost effective at a time when students needed it the most.
“As a nursing student I could hardly afford a cup of coffee,” she remembered. “I made a mockup of what I wanted to do and unbeknownst to me they posted it on the class Facebook page. Within 24 hours one of the students sent me back all of the names and more than 40 students had asked for this.”
Butcher’s service is more than a data content warehouse. She routinely engages students through Facebook Live Q&A sessions.
Butcher is still working full-time while developing the product with an anticipated full launch date of next fall.
She’s currently accepting beta students at a discounted rate for NP4 content access. She’ll be bringing the other nursing processes online as she builds them.
Butcher typically stresses three things to her nursing students:
* Take care of yourself – eating well, exercising and getting adequate sleep are important in nursing school to keep you well and keep your mind sharp.
* Don’t just memorize while in school, learn the material and understand the rationale behind our interventions and the basic pathophysiology behind each disease process, because that is what will help you know what to do when you are face to face with your patient.
* Know your preferred learning style (or how you learn best) and utilize the learning resources that speak to that preferred learning style, as you are far more likely to understand it and remember when you do so.


Posting Number: 0001190
Title: Clinical Research Nurse
Working Title: Clinical Research Nurse
Position Type: OTHER
Classification: Ongoing
Status: Full-Time
Department: Arthritis and Clinical Immunology (ACI)
Job Summary/Basic Function:
Coordinates and executes rheumatology research projects. Performs nursing duties in a rheumatology research clinic setting including research and data management, patient care, sample collection and processing, and medication administration. Tasks require a high level of organizational skills and the ability to ask the right questions to determine proper course of action while following established standards and research protocols.
DUTIES: 1. Clinical Trials. Conducts research and assists researchers by recruiting patients, determining eligibility for clinical trials, and seeing patients through research studies including obtaining informed consent, administering questionnaires, taking medical histories, study drug administration, assessing and reporting adverse events, and performing all study related tasks as outlined in study protocols and in adherence with GCP, ICH, and HIPAA regulations. 2. Chart Review. Performs medical chart review to abstract data for research including but not limited to constructing medical history and medications chronology, evaluating disease progression, and mapping symptom and biomarker associations. 3. Communication. Liaises between principal investigator, patients, third party patient care service providers, research sponsors, and governing agencies to ensure strict adherence to protocol and regulations throughout study conduct. Excellent written and oral communications required. 4. Patient Care. Assesses and records symptoms, vital signs, and other patient information required for research protocols and to prepare patient for examination. Review records for documentation of study inclusion/exclusion criteria. Carries out physician orders for testing and treatment and coordinates follow-up care of patients. 5. Sample Collection. Collects samples from patients including blood, urine, saliva, etc. Prepares samples for analysis or shipment. Collects all laboratory reports, data, and records. Excellent phlebotomy skills required. 6. Medication Administration. Under direction of physician or other medical personnel, administers FDA approved and investigational medications to patients. IV certification preferred. 7. Data Management. Gathers, organizes, analyzes, and submits patient and research data to principal investigators, scientists, and sponsors. Computer skills required. 8. As Needed. Performs various duties as needed to successfully fulfill the function of the position.
Minimum Qualifications: Associate’s degree in Nursing from an accredited practical nursing program Certification and registration as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Oklahoma 1 year of relevant experience.  Valid Oklahoma Nursing License required.
Minimum Degree Required: Associates Degree
Work Hours: Typically Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5pm
Preferred Qualifications: Clinical research experience and research certification, CCRC or CCRP
Rheumatology or other autoimmune experience strongly preferred
Physical Demands Regularly required to stand, walk, talk, listen, use manual dexterity, and reach with arms and hands. Occasionally required to sit, stoop, or kneel and lift or move up to 10 pounds. Vision requirements include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus. Occasionally exposed to viruses from participants/patients. The noise level is usually moderate.
Application Type Accepted: General Application Required Applicant Documents: Resume/Curriculum Vitae
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