Meet the Kaplan Experts: Tonya Taylor, MSN, RN, MBA, Nurse Consultant

by Tonya Taylor, MSN, RN, MBA, Nurse Consultant | July 21, 2020

The Kaplan Team is often cited as why schools stay with Kaplan, year after year. At Kaplan, there’s an expert at the heart of everything we do, whether it’s leading a class or developing innovative tools to help your students achieve their career goals. We stand behind our motto of, “For nurses, by nurses.” With our “Meet the Kaplan Experts” blog series, we introduce you to Kaplan’s extensive network of faculty, nursing, and educational experts and delve into their diverse areas of expertise so that you can learn even more about your Kaplan team. This week, we're pleased to introduce you to Tonya Taylor, MSN, RN, MBA, Nurse Consultant.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

I was born in Paris, Texas and raised in Mount Pleasant.  I always knew I wanted to help others; even as a young child, I wanted to help.  I graduated from the local high school and then on to Northeast Texas Community College.  I found my love of nursing and graduated as an Associate Degree Nurse.  The fact that I could help others as a nurse, WOW, for me it was a true calling.  

I have direct care experience in oncology, labor and delivery, women’s health, nursing administration, home health care, and nursing education.  As my experience has grown, so has my thirst for knowledge and more education.  Online degrees allowed me to pursue my quest while also maintaining my work and family. I am very proud to have achieved a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix. 

What is your particular area of expertise?

My passion is helping others achieve their best success.  I am an expert on NCLEX prep and helping students achieve their best success on NCLEX is what truly motivates me. I’m also an expert in online learning from my personal experience as a virtual student as well as my time as an online educator.  

If you could spend an evening with anyone - living or deceased - who would it be and why?

My evening with anyone, would be with Jesus Christ. And someday that will be a reality!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A NURSE EDUCATOR

How long have you worked for Kaplan Test Prep and what drew you to your current role?

The chance to share my excitement for students’ success drew me to this position. In both faculty and director roles, nursing education has been rewarding for me, specifically as I work to empower and motivate the next generation of nurses.  As an educator, I have been able to work towards improved NCLEX scores with a multifaceted approach including a curriculum change to enhance the learning of students.  

Educating nursing students is fascinating to me, particularly as students develop into nurses for today’s challenging health care environment.  Nursing is a passion of mine, and nursing education is the fuel to excite my passion. Working in nursing education, I’ve seen firsthand the benefits of integrating the Kaplan resources for students’ success. Now I have the opportunity to work with other schools to help their students meet their goals. I am new to the Kaplan nursing team as of June 1st, I am excited about the future! 

How has your unique background prepared you for success in your field? 

I have worked with numerous mentors throughout my career.  Those mentors have given me a strong foundation.  Each role that I’ve held has also prepared me for the next one. Change is the common feature. Learning from my successes and failures have helped me navigate the changes in nursing throughout my career. I believe each of these learning moments have helped me prepare for success as a nurse and as a person. 

What is the most important aspect of a partnership between Kaplan and institutions?

Communication and relationships are the most important aspects between Kaplan and institutions.  Customer service which cultivates both features is where Kaplan makes a difference!  This is also the number one thing which sets Kaplan apart!

I invest in each partner to understand their goals and challenges and guide them to solutions which best meet their needs. 

Which test prep innovations do you wish you’d had access to when you were in university?

The resources which students have today are amazing for learning.  Virtual simulation would have been so great to have used in my early nursing education.  Virtual simulation is the wave of the future, I see the potential of moving to the board exams.  Exciting times ahead!

ADVICE

If you could offer one piece of advice for students preparing for their board exams, it would be:

Prepare for nursing school and NCLEX as you would for a marathon.  It is not a sprint but a journey.  Learn throughout the journey, utilize the resources throughout the experience and prepare for board exams from day one of nursing school.  

Is there a quote or saying that you live by?

I  have one scripture and two quotes that I live by:

For nothing will be impossible with God.

~ Luke 1:37

“It is not enough to put your heart and soul into something, the really important things require much more than that” 

~ Unknown

“Find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it”

~ Julia Child

Tonya's passion is helping others achieve their best success.  She is an expert on NCLEX prep and helping students achieve their best success on NCLEX is what truly motivates her. She is also an expert in online learning from her personal experience as a virtual student as well as her time as an online educator.  Tonya is very proud to have achieved a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix.  

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