We are fortunate to have Dr. Bruce among us in the School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Bruce is a role model for the wonderful profession of nursing through her extraordinary teaching and compassion for people. Congratulations, Dr. Bruce for this well-deserved honor.
Dr. Bruce is a great mentor who makes herself available to her students to help us grow as professionals. She has had several publications that show how creative she is as a teacher, especially in the area of motivational interviewing. Her published works and the way she interacts with us exemplifies compassion and service at its best. She is a wonderful FNP Program Director and teacher.
Dr. Bruce is the consummate professional who can be described as a servant leader who works collaboratively with a diverse group of faculty and students in developing nursing professionals for the future. Her critical thinking ability is evident in situations ranging from patient care management to addressing complex student issues. She directs the largest APRN track at TTUHSC and was key in establishing the BSN to DNP program for FNPs. Not only does she direct the program, but teaches advanced pharmacology which students find as one of the most challenging courses in the program, and continues her practice as an FNP. Additionally, she models professionalism through her service with the TNP foundation and has served on a task force with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) to develop NP competencies. Dr. Bruce provides good teaching for her students and never hesitates to help them on a one on one basis. She does not hesitate to be available to her students in the evening or a weekend to meet with students to help ease their stress and anxiety. Dr. Bruce shows ongoing compassion and concern for her students by making a connection with them. Compassion for students, families, patients, and co-workers is what nursing is about.
Dr. Bruce demonstrates extraordinary compassion to her students as well as to her faculty peers. Dr. Bruce provides extraordinary support and service to everyone who comes to her for assistance. She discerns their individual needs and moves to provide key information, recommendations, or direction. As Program Director, she is a go-to person for both students and faculty. She receives emails and calls daily from students, faculty, and staff who call upon her experience and know-how for information and advice. She is always ready to lend a listening ear.