Ann Buttner


Associate Dean, Assistant Professor

ADN, Gwynedd Mercy University
BSN, Gwynedd Mercy University
MA, Psychology, Guidance & Counseling, University of Northern Colorado
MPA, Troy University, APO New York
MS, Nursing, Creighton University
PhD, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska at Lincoln,

Courses Taught

NURS 102
NURS 436
NURS 505

Teaching Focus or Philosophy

Since Psychiatric Nursing is my area of expertise and there is a growing need for holistic health care and quality mental health services in our society, I feel strongly about giving students a solid foundation in psychiatric-mental health nursing. In my teaching of psychiatric-mental health nursing, the essence of my philosophy of education exists within my role as a facilitator of learning. Critical to the facilitator role is the creation of a classroom and clinical environment that supports student engagement and an interactive relationship between student and instructor. Within the facilitator role, I guide students to develop the professional nurse role and build a nursing career and life that are successful and responsible. I seek to provide students with a variety of opportunities for construction of ideas and development of a collaborative learning community that will assure their academic and professional success as nurses in an increasingly complex and diverse health care environment.


Harwood, J. Ground, M., Buttner, A., Travers-Gustafson, D., Hinchey, MA, White, B., & Wydeven M. (2001). Clarifying language in a new curriculum. Nurse Educator, 26 (6), 253-255.

Buttner, A. (2008). Changes in students' attitudes toward aging after a gerontological nursing course (Doctoral dissertation). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.

Ann Buttner
Office: 122 NEB
Phone: 267-341-3375