Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Clemson University
Master of Science in Nursing, Emory University
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, Mercer University
What classes do you teach at Anderson
Childbearing, Health Assessment, Research, & Nursing Theory
What year did you start teaching at AU
Why teach at AU?
As a nurse I have the opportunity to touch the lives of many, but as an educator nurse I have the ability to, albeit indirectly, touch an infinite number of lives through training students to impact the world with excellent nursing care. Anderson University is committed to providing students with a distinctive experience in higher education where faculty affirm and proclaim the Gospel as the foundation for our lives and interactions with others. Therefore, my goal as an educator is reflective of the institutional values in that I desire to instill within my students a passion for the discipline of nursing and to cultivate their professional development as well as a deeper love for Christ.
I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, reading, exercising, and being outdoors.
Casey Hopkins has never been one to let anything stand in the way of achieving her goals. She knows what she wants and pursues her goals passionately, which are just a couple of the qualities that qualify her to serve in Anderson University's nursing program.
By the age of 15, after a stint as a summer volunteer in the labor and delivery unit at a hospital near her home, Hopkins felt called to nursing as a women’s health nurse practitioner. Her first semester as a nursing student at Clemson University confirmed her passion and respect for nursing, and she set her sights higher, deciding she wanted to teach nursing students one day. Hopkins realized what an impact a professor can have on students and felt that she could touch more lives by preparing students in their specialty than she could ever reach on her own as a nurse.
With that goal in mind, Hopkins finished her bachelor of science in nursing with perfect grades and went on to earn her master of science in nursing from Emory University as a summa cum laude student. She diligently worked to gain experience and broaden her skill set through community service, including a medical mission to Honduras and volunteering at numerous health care events promoting patient education and prevention.
Whether she is at church, in the classroom or practicing as a women’s health nurse practitioner, Hopkins deftly integrates the sacred and secular, an important aspect of Anderson University’s mission, because to her they are not separate. She describes caring for patients as a spiritual experience, and she sees her role as a faculty member as someone who promotes and advances the profession while instilling student nurses with the unwavering belief that their work can, and will, make a world of difference.
Hopkins uses a student-led pre-professional organization, which she helped establish on campus, to show students how they can change lives. As the faculty advisor for the Anderson University Student Nurses’ Association, she oversees their service projects, such as volunteering at community health fairs and sending supplies and writing letters to children in orphanages in India. Hopkins knows hands-on work gets students excited about serving others. They also experience aspects of the field that cannot be taught from a textbook or in the classroom.
Her favorite part of working with patients and students is getting to know them individually. With patients, she is devoted to helping them identify the challenges they are facing and educating them about ways to feel better, get healthier and understand more about themselves. The small class size and low student-to-professor ratio at Anderson allow Hopkins to build relationships with students instead of them being just a name on a class roster. She translates the communication skills she has developed as a nurse into ones she can utilize as a professor, helping students overcome obstacles and expand their minds as they understand new concepts.