Dr. Mary Jo Stanley has been a nurse for 29 years having completed her BSN from San Jose State in 1987. Her nursing career started with work in the critical care units including PACU, but found her true desire was to work with the client in their setting and found she was drawn to community health nursing. In 2001, she became a school nurse and for the next six years worked with families and children most in need seeing first-hand the influence of health in the home and the impact nurses have within their communities. Mary Jo continued her education while working and obtained her MS and CNS from San Jose State in 2005, and was then asked to teach in an adjunct capacity. After moving to Colorado in 2007, she taught full time for the University of Northern Colorado and then at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where she held a tenure position and coordinated the accelerated nursing program. She completed her PhD in 2012 where her research looked at student’s perceptions of cultural diversity as experienced through their clinical environmental in nursing school. Her program of research has focused on educational development and the inclusion of cultural diversity. She has incorporated both these interests as cultural diversity has been in every aspect of her research, and her research has focused on improving educational practice. In addition, she has eight years of experience with online instruction and have recently done research using high fidelity simulation.