College of Nursing
Dr. Putnam has been a nurse for 22 years. She holds a DNP in educational leadership from American Sentinel University and an MSN and BSN from Western Carolina University. She has 15 years of experience educating nurses at various levels. She currently teaches full time at Western Carolina University in the MSN Nurse Educator program. She teaches part-time at Walden in the MSN program. Currently, her focus at Walden is on the core courses. In addition, she works part-time in the PACU at a local hospital.
Her clinical experience is in critical care, step-down, and medical-surgical nursing. Currently her research interests include stress and nursing students, conceptual learning and active learning. Her doctoral work included a research regarding critical thinking and alternate clinical models in nursing education.
Amy is currently a member of the American Nurses Association, the North Carolina Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International, Eta Psi chapter. She holds a national certification as a Certified Nurse Educator through the National League of Nursing.