Students in nursing and psychology courses at Lorain County Community College can confidently say that their professors are considered experts in their fields and are sought after to contribute to textbooks and scholarly research.
Nursing professors Jill Reiter and Mary Grady are contributing authors in the newly released textbook “Pediatric Nursing: The Critical Components of Nursing Care” by Kathryn Rudd and Diane Kocisko. Psychology professor James Jordan contributed to part of a chapter on neurodevelopmental disorders in a psychology textbook for graduate studies that will be published later this year by Pearson.
Reiter and Grady teach an array of nursing courses at LCCC, including clinical studies at University Hospital Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital. Through their work at the hospital, the LCCC duo came to know Rudd and Kocisko, who teach clinical courses for another area college.
“It was a great honor to be asked to write these chapters and we took it very seriously,” said Grady, who lives in Bay Village.
Reiter and Grady have a combined experience of 45 years in the nursing field, with primary expertise in pediatric nursing. Reiter has worked at LCCC for the past seven years, and Grady has been teaching at the college for eight years.
“Pediatric medicine includes birth to 21 years, and sometimes older. At this point in our careers, we’ve seen and done a lot. It’s nice to share that experience through this book,” Grady said.
The chapters they wrote in the book cover cultural differences in pediatric nursing and also growth and development theories. The chapters include case studies, quiz questions and nursing terms. The book features a bulleted format, which makes it easier for students to study, Grady added.
“We are immersed in the content on a daily basis through our teaching and clinicals, so we are confident in our knowledge, but writing a textbook was a new experience,” said Reiter, who lives in Vermilion.
In addition to contributing their expertise to the book, Grady and Reiter also submitted photos of their children. Jill’s daughter, Audrey, and Mary’s son, John, are featured in the book to illustrate developmental concepts. Another LCCC faculty member, Vivian Yates, submitted a family photo which was used in the book.
“Seeing our family pictures in the book makes it even more special,” Reiter said. “It’s neat to think that students around the country will be reading our chapters and looking at photos of our kids.”
Reiter and Grady hope to utilize the new book in their LCCC classes soon. In the meantime, a few students caught a peek of the book and share their professors’ pride.
“The students are proud that their professors contributed to a textbook. Students see us in action in clinicals and in the classroom, and they are excited for our accomplishments,” Reiter said.
With more than 25 years of experience in clinical settings working with individuals with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities and mental disorders, Jordan was honored to share his knowledge in on neurodevelopmental disorders with graduate students.
He recently collaborated with professors from Youngstown State University and Marshall University on a chapter in the soon to be published textbook “Treating mental disorders: A strength-based, comprehensive approach to case conceptualization and treatment. Columbus, Ohio: Pearson” and often lends his expertise by publishing scholarly articles and presenting research in his field across the country.
While publishing and presenting research is important, Jordan prefers to focus on how he incorporates his clinical work into valuable classroom instruction for LCCC students.
“Individuals with neurocognitive disorders are often overlooked in research. In addition, clinicians are often perplexed when working with intellectually disabled individuals because their training offers limited exposure to such individuals,” Jordan said.
Jordan also works with Northeast Care Center, a residential services provider in greater Cleveland, and the Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry, providing care for individuals with multiple disabilities. He has taught a variety of psychology courses at LCCC for more than two decades, including courses in the Honors Institute of LCCC. His classroom lectures integrate theory and clinical experience into an understanding of human behavior. In his research, Jordan has investigated the effects of psychiatric interventions on individuals with dual diagnoses. He has published numerous scholarly articles and has presented research across the country.
“Treating Mental Disorders” will soon be available from Pearson.
“Pediatric Nursing: The Critical Components of Nursing Care” is available for purchase at www.amazon.com.