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Dr. Minerva Gonzales

Dr. Mary Annette Gary

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"I would like my students to come away from my classes with the knowledge and skills to be a successful leader, with concern about those they lead and a desire to mentor others to become leaders."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. — University of Texas Health San Antonio School of Nursing, 1998
  • MSN — Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, 1990
  • BSN — Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, 1984

Career Highlights:

I work full time as the associate CEO for program operations at StarCare Specialty Health System in Lubbock, Texas. I have also been a faculty member for over 10 years. I have over 35 years of experience in community and mental health, much of which has been in management. I am very experienced in project management and have opened hospitals, several clinics, an extended observation unit, a jail unit and more. I have also co-authored a book on eating disorders in athletic women.

In which online degree program do you teach?

RN to BSN

Which classes do you teach online?

Leadership and Research

What do you want your students to learn in this class?

I would like my students to come away from my classes with the knowledge and skills to be a successful leader, with concern about those they lead and a desire to mentor others to become leaders.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

At the beginning of each course, spend time getting organized. Review every line of your syllabus and put events on your calendar. Plan ahead for times when you will need to work on longer assignments. Take responsibility for your work and make it the best it can be. Try to look at each learning assignment as fun or interesting so you won't dread it. It can be done!

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

Being a great nurse takes tenacity, stamina, kindness and great communication!

What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses today?

Lack of resources and understanding on the part of other non-nurses in healthcare is challenging. There's also the lack of understanding by students about how difficult the profession is.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

The Bible

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.

I have boundless energy! I don't know how long that will last, but I still have it.

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