Essential Qualities for Surviving and Thriving as a Nurse Educator - page 2

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Nursing education is a harmonious blend of two nurturing and caring professions: nursing and teaching. As such, it offers the best of both worlds. It is a pivotal position in that nurse educators have the unique opportunity and... Read More


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    Quote from lepew
    A word to new educators: You are not the students friend. It was very hard for me to be tough the first couple years, but I had to. The way I deal is to think about when I or my family is in the hospital, and a former student of mine comes into the room-will I be glad or worried? I want my students to be competent, caring nurses. I give it my best effort.
    Excellent advice, lepew
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    Quote from VickyRN
    It does get better with time, usually when the new instructor hits the "three year" mark. However, this also depends on the instructor's particular assignments within the nursing program, and whether these are stable assignments or not. With my former faculty position (in an ADN program), my teaching/ clinical assignments were constantly changing from semester to semester and from year to year. To further add to my sense of chaos, the entire curricula was changing - going to fully integrated. Several lectures that I had spent countless hours developing from scratch were going to the scrap heap. I was with that program for 4 years and never did feel like I had caught up. The workload continued to be extraordinarily stressful with no end in sight. When I finally left that faculty position for my current one (in a large BSN program), I was given stable assignments. I was amazed at how less stressful my new faculty position was. Now I have the chance to hone and update my lectures from semester to semester (since I am teaching the same content material) and build up a repertoire of multiple choice test items, quizzes (for in-class and online), and a variety of study guides.
    Vicky so it does get better I think about quitting all the time. Three years seem like a long time, I just finished my first year in a LPN program teaching Med Surg I and II. I'm trying to make the class mine but I'm also a fulltime student myself doing my MSN in education. So my head tells me that I need to stay in my current position so when I''m finished with my masters I can say, I'm a new educator but I have 2 years of teaching experience. But sometimes those 3 12s sound pretty easy to do. There is alot more into teaching than just having clinical experience. I want to get a little more organize and make sure I''m giving my best. This particular LPN program is set up where I acutally lecture for 7 hours a day. Yes 7 hours a day. I have a hard time keeping them interested for that long especially after lunch. Help
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    Thanks for the useful tips, Vicky.
    A other question, from one with a foot just barely in the door (I do Clinical Placements here & there and teach outside of Academia) - what are the best ways to seek work? It seemed like the job sites either hit you with nonacademic nursing positions, or with non-nursing academic positions, no matter how I tweak it. Seems there must be a better way, maybe direct contact but I'm not clear how to do that effectively. Any tips would be greatly appreciated - Pop
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    this post is wonderful..thanks much..i was a novice nurse educator three years ago..have been accepted to teach nursing after acquiring 24 masteral units from other country...i did not continue on masteral study for one year after being hired due to major adjustment i underwent working in academia..it's really so demanding meeting 3 goals at a time..family..new work...and study..i'm doing much better now...working to start a thesis for the masteral...can anyone suggest what interesting topic related to Operating Room would be good for research? will appreciate much your opinions..


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