Title: Nursing Educator
Location: Harrisburg, North Carolina, United States
Barbara Carper, Nursing Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in clinical and academic nursing education.
Dr. Carper was inspired to pursue a career in nursing after learning about her grandmother, who was a nurse in the early 1900s and was able to help her community with her health care services. She realized early on that whatever she did in life had to be meaningful and not to earn money. Now retired, she reflects on her career and can see the value her work has had on her community, as well as preparing other nurses and health care professionals for their futures. Dr. Carper became a professor emeritus of the University of North Carolina in 1999. She had taught at the university since 1989. Prior to joining the faculty at the institution, Dr. Carper taught at the Regents College, Colby-Sawyer College, the University of Southern Maine, the Texas Women’s University, and the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Carper’s skills have also resulted in a number of visiting scholarly and academic roles throughout the years. She was a visiting scholar at Harvard University from 1981 to 1982 and held committee and board roles with such associations as the New England Organization of Nursing. In her own academic pursuits, Dr. Carper first earned a BSN from Texas Women’s University in 1959 before receiving a clinical certification in anesthesia from the University of Michigan in 1962. She continued her passion for learning by receiving an MEd and an EdD from Columbia University in 1966 and 1975, respectively.
Out of all her accomplishments, Dr. Carper considers her work as an educator to be the most meaningful. She remained passionately interested in what she was doing throughout her career, which was fueled from a variety of sources such as her classmates and graduate school. With so many concentrations at school, Dr. Carper recalls it was like having a beautiful garden of friends, friends with different knowledge. She is also proud of her work in uplifting communities and addressing racial equity issues.
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