Danielle Anderson recently returned to Montcalm Community College as its newest instructor.
With nearly 10 years of teaching experience, she loves to help students learn about nursing. As an MCC alumna and former nursing student, Anderson says that her heart is at MCC, so teaching at the college fulfills a dream of hers.
“I want to make sure our students leave here with everything they need to be successful and safe while practicing and taking care of patients,” she says.
Anderson earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from MCC and her Bachelor of Nursing and her Master of Nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is currently enrolled in a doctorate program in business administration at Walden University Online.
Anderson previously was a registered nurse at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot where she worked in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). She joined MCC as a part-time instructor in 2005 and became full-time in 2006. In 2012, she moved to Florida for a year and served as a clinical nurse educator and clinical coordinator for a cardio thoracic ICU. In 2013, she became the Obstetrics Manager at Carson City Hospital and currently works there on a per diem basis.
In January 2015, she returned to the MCC family as a nursing instructor. She currently teaches Nursing Fundamentals, the first course all nursing students take, and Nursing Leadership, the last course they take.
“I’m glad to be back home at MCC,” she says. “I enjoy preparing the future nurses so they can go out there, make a difference and take care of people.”
Anderson says her continued work at Carson City Hospital is important to help her relate to her students.
“The best thing about being in the clinical field is seeing your students in the field, utilizing what you taught them,” she says. “It’s inspirational to know that you’re making a difference for them. You’re helping them get where they want to be.
“Plus, it’s important for instructors to keep up on the ever-changing health care technology and new ways of doing things. In the end, that knowledge benefits the students.”
Student success is a pillar of Anderson’s teaching philosophy.
“There are many misconceptions about weeding students out of the program, but we really are here to help the students be successful,” she says.
She is a member of the Audit Committee at MCC as well as the American Association of Critical-care Nurses; the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN); and the Michigan Nursing Association. She is also a volunteer for Gift of Life Michigan.
Anderson resides in Crystal with her husband, Josh. They have two children, Jacob and Jaiden.