Sharon Wright, DNP, MSN
JOB TITLE: Nursing Program Chair
Dr. Sharon Wright is the Nursing Program Chair at Colorado Technical University. With more than 15 years of experience in educating nurses and developing curriculum, Dr. Wright brings passion and knowledge to her role.
Dr. Wright’s role as Program Chair is multi-faceted: She focuses on ensuring quality within the classroom and building the best possible student learning experience, while also mentoring CTU’s nursing faculty in their mission to create the next generation of successful nurses.
Prior to joining CTU, Dr. Wright served as Dean of Academic Operations at the Chamberlain College of Nursing. At Chamberlain College, she supervised a team of 10 Nurse Educators and worked diligently to ensure the school’s nursing degree programs maintained extremely high standards. Recently, she developed and implemented a new RN-to-BSN program at Central Penn College.
Dr. Wright previously held the position of Director of Nursing at Concorde Career Institute, where she managed curriculum development, student recruitment, and program development, among many other duties. Dr. Wright has served as nursing faculty and educator at numerous higher education institutions, including time spent leading RN-to-BSN courses.
Before entering the world of nursing education, Dr. Wright gained invaluable experience in roles like Unit Manager, Nurse Manager, and Clinical Coordinator at several healthcare organizations.
Why did you become a nurse?
I became a nurse because I love caring for people. Throughout my life, this has remained a constant.
My favorite book as a child was Nurse Nancy. Each night, I would ask my mother to read it to me; I loved hearing how Nurse Nancy took care of her stuffed animals. My grandmother made me a nurse’s uniform, complete with a cap and cape, and I wore that everywhere. When asked in kindergarten what I wanted to be when I grew up, I answered “a nurse.”
It is an absolute privilege to be a nurse.
What do you miss most about working in a clinical setting?
I miss the interactions with the patients. I vividly remember holding the hand of a dying patient and the joy I felt as a new life was brought into the world. Both are equally important situations I value as a nurse.
What advice do you have for RNs who are considering going back to school?
Obtaining an advanced nursing degree helps one become a better nurse; it takes the nursing knowledge you already have and takes things to the next level.
With an advanced nursing degree, you think differently – and grow as a professional.
What prompted you to pursue a career in higher education?
After obtaining my Doctorate of Nursing Practice, I felt it was my responsibility to give back to my profession and educate tomorrow’s nursing leaders. Most of all, I wanted to share my love of nursing with future nurses.