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Faculty Profile

Carol McFarland

Carol McFarland

Instructor of Nursing; Assistant Dean, Strategic and Community Partnerships

Email: cmcfar@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2612
Office: SHS 109


Education: BSN, University of Washington, 1982; MN, University of Washington, 1987. At SPU since 2009.

Carol McFarland comes to SPU after a gradual re-entry into the nursing profession following what she describes as the most challenging role of her life – home-school mom. She brings her passion to nurture lifelong learning into her role as faculty and thrives on the relationship-centered focus central to the SPU culture.

Ms. McFarland completed her bachelor of science in Nursing at the University of Washington in 1982 and worked as a staff nurse and nursing supervisor at the UW Hospital through the completion of her master’s degree in Nursing Administration at the UW in 1987. Her experience in nursing administration served as the catalyst for her growing commitment to influence and nurture nurses toward integrity, excellence, and wisdom.

At SPU, Ms. McFarland serves the nursing program in the School of Health Sciences as an instructor for both theory and practicum courses, primarily in the first year of the program. In addition, she serves as the faculty advisor for the Nursing Cadre, an official student chapter of Nurses’ Christian Fellowship. She is thrilled to be growing in her career as an educator, recognizing the honor and privilege inherent in this role. Her professional and research interests center on inter-professional education, character development, and global health. She and her husband serve regularly on medical teams to Central America.

View Carol McFarland’s CV (PDF) for additional information.


Why I Teach at SPU

Carol McFarland, Instructor of Nursing

“I teach because I love learning! The journey through formal education is imbedded with opportunity for growth in varied ways toward knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Through this process and the relationships formed, both learner and teacher are changed. I teach nursing students at SPU because of its mission and values that serve as the foundation for learning.”