By AMY YUNK
Assistant professor of nursing Mary Padden, RNC, APN-C, FN-CSA, has been recognized this semester in the health and science department.
Padden has been a fulltime professor since 2003. She began her career as a fulltime adjunct for Burlington, Gloucester and Salem County colleges. She is both nationally and New Jersey State accredited as a certified intensive care nurse. She is certified by the State of New Jersey as an advanced practice nurse. She is recognized by the state as an adult, sexual assault nurse examiner. Prof. Padden is a nationally recognized bereavement support specialist.
Padden has been a nurse her entire working career. She was a neonatal intensive care clinical nurse specialist, childbirth educator and pediatrics maternal newborn nursing professional, although she always wanted to be a teacher because of her love of being influential.
As a professor, Padden is very interactive and participative. Student-centered learning holds high standards in her teaching-learning agenda. “Students should come prepared and be able to have a discussion,” said Padden. “I want students to share their experiences,” she added.
Prof. Padden believes in small group discussions and uses a clicker during class discussions. The clicker is a device used for students to answer questions through Power Point, like a quiz. The clicker keeps students’ answers discreet and makes the professor more aware of students’ levels of knowledge.
The virtue that Padden hopes students take with them after having her class is to “provide someone with livelihood and rejoice in their work. You have to get up and look forward to going to work,” said Padden.