Rita L. Walker, BSN, RN
December 11, 2012
Diane Welch, RN, MSN
Educating student nurses has evolved since starting the first school of nursing. It is essential that current nurse educators teach with evidence-based practice as a part of the curriculum. To teach evidence-based practice the nurse educator must have knowledge of current skills and theory involving evidence-based practice. It is essential that the nurse educator is approachable and adaptable because of the different personalities and culture of students in the nurse educator’s classes. The needs of the students should drive the nurse educator to provide the best educational journey of the student’s professional career. S.H. is this type of educator. S. H. is currently a part-time nurse instructor for Kaplan College Vocational Nursing program. S. H.’s education level is she is a BSN registered nurse with an unrestricted license. Currently S. H. is enrolled in the master’s degree program at Kaplan College. Upon completion of the program in May 2014 S. H. will earn a Master’s of Science in Nursing and Education degree. During the faculty interview S.H. was asked “What are the requirements of your educational background for this position?” S.H.’s response to the question was requirements for the position as nursing instructor at Kaplan College included possessing a BSN, an unrestricted register nurse license, and one years of prior teaching experience to teach didactics in the Vocational Nursing program (Kaplan College, 2012). To teach to clinical portion of the Vocational Nursing program she is required to have a current Registered Nursing license in good standing. According to the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT), 2011 a nurse educator in California is require to possess a current, active, and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse to teach a Vocational Nursing program. The nurse educator must also hold a valid...
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