Dr. Patricia Pence has been a nursing professor at Illinois Valley Community College, in Oglesby, IL for 17 years. Her clinical nursing practice spanned over 28 years as a staff nurse in constant care, medical-surgical, home health, extended-care, and as a director of nursing in long-term care facilities. She transitioned to active learning in her nursing classes in 2013. Since then Patricia has published about her experience in a nursing journal and coauthored a textbook for nurse educators on active learning. She is beginning to present at nursing education conferences on using an active learning model in nursing education classes.