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Faculty and Staff Profile

Portia Botchway

MSN, RN, Senior Lecturer
LTC, Army Nurse Retired

Office: 440 Edwards Hall

Phone: 864-656-5485

Fax: 864-656-5488

Vita: View

Educational Background

MSN Nursing - Clinical Specialty
University of Maryland 1979

BSN Nursing
Hampton Institute 1975

Courses Taught

Health Assessment Undergraduate and RN-BSN;
Community Health Nursing Undergraduate and Accelerated Degree
Medical-Surgical Nursing I: Foundations of Nursing
Medical-Surgical Nursing II: Nursing of Adults
Medical-Surgical Nursing III: Complex Nursing
Kaplan at Risk in Preparation for NCLEX
Leadership and Management in Nursing Undergraduate and RN-BSN;


Teaching Philosophy: Throughout my nursing career the teaching model that I've adopted a quote from Florence Nightingale," Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts." Professional organizations: It is so important to engage with one's professional colleagues. I have encouraged my students to participate in the professional organization, such as Sigma Theta Tau International Gamma Mu chapter at Clemson. Community service: I participated in health fairs such as the one in Anderson, SC. This has supported our community members in prevention activities so important to maintaining their health. Monthly I sing at the skilled nursing facility with fellow church members. We go to Lila Doyle Skilled Nursing Facility. The contribution we make to the residents brings an uplifting of their spirits and ours, as well. The art of sewing: I have made women's clothes for my friends. I enjoy crewel embroidery and have fashioned children's alphabet quilts.

Research Interests

Kubler Ross Stages of Grief Death and Dying with Patients diagnosed with Lung Cancer
Teenage Pregnancy and Prevention Intervention
Individualized Nutritional Plans for Patients with Ostomies

Research Publications

Botchway, P. (2015). Kaplan Usability Study for student success on NCLEX.

Fasolino, T., Gillespie, J., Botchway, P. (2013). Addressing Cultural Competence and
Communication in Community Health with Simulation.

Lanham, J. Botchway, P., Jackson, V. (2010). Students Sharpen Skills and Worldview in the Bahamas”, The HEHD Leading Edge, 8-9.

Osborn, K., Wraa, C.E., Watson, A.& Botchway, P. (2010). Role: Academic Reviewer. Medical Surgical Nursing: Preparation for Practice. Upper Saddle River,New Jersey: Pearson.

Lee, J., Jackson, B., Parker, V., Dubose, L. & Botchway, P. (2009). Influence of Family Resources and Coping Behaviors on Well-Being of African-American and Caucasian Parents of School-age Children with Asthma. ABNF Journal. Pearson.

Vincent, E. & Botchway, P. (2008). Therapeutic Benefits of Nature Images on Health Horticulture, College of Agriculture, Clemson University.

Honors and Awards

The South Carolina League for Nursing (2005) Award of Excellence
Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Mu Chapter, Clemson University, Treasurer 1993-1995

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