HSN/548-Role of the Health Care/Nursing Educator
April, 28th 2015
Stephanie Vaughn, PhD RN CRRN.
Faculty Interview with M, Fields.
Nurse educator is someone who can inspire others to work together in pursuit of a common goal. An effective educator possess integrity, courage, initiative and ability to handle issues (Koch, 2014). This individual is admired in their efforts to think critically, set goals and skillfully communicate and collaborate at all times (Johansen, 2012). An interview was conducted with M, who works at University of California Los Angeles- Advanced Practice-Nursing (APN) program as a lecturer. She has been a nurse for almost 35 years and began teaching career at UCLA in 1982 where she worked as a nurse educator. Both patient/family education and staff development were her focus. These students are learning to become nurse practitioners or clinical specialists in acute care. After school they work in specific areas such as emergency, trauma, neurology, cardiac surgery or cardiology, which is M, F’s personal area of expertise (M Fields, personal communication, April 28, 2015). M, Field’s Role as a Faculty
As a graduate she specialized in cardiology. As she waited to see how her career would advance she decided to maintain her clinical skills. So she went to the medical center and asked the head of cardiology if she could see patients in the clinic. She started working with a cardiologist whose specialty was congenital heart disease. The doctor was attempting to start a new program in this extremely specialized field. This caught her interest so she volunteered and he educated her about congenital heart disease. This became the focus of her research program and clinical practice and completely changed her career path (M Fields, personal communication, April 28, 2015). M, F research was on women with complex Cardiac Heart Disease and their reproductive outcomes. She also spent time in a transitional care program that cares for pediatrics with CHD. This program prepares them to live with their condition as they move into adulthood. Because of advances in healthcare these children are able to survive past childhood, which allowed the number of adults surpass the number of children with the disease. This population needed to be educated and ready to face the challenges that the disease presents in adult life (M Fields, personal communication, April 28, 2015). Back when she was in the acute care program at UCLA students graduated as acute care nurse practitioners. These days the certifying bodies require graduates to be population-based rather than specialty-based (Kock, 2014). This means that our department is now focused on adults with a subspecialty in acute care. After graduation they can choose to attain more specialized training. M, F confessed that they are always aware of what’s going on in practice and are quick to adjust to those changes accordingly. She mentioned that they’ve also had to introduce gerontology into their curriculum due to the aging population and that they were careful to not just teach about the diseases of aging but to also educate their students on approaches to the concerns and needs of the patients and their loved ones. Preparation for Faculty role The two ways for BSN prepared nurses to earn their DNP are as follows. One can go the Healthcare Systems route, which gets nurses ready for roles that support clinical practices. These roles are administrative, informatics and organizational leadership. The other option is through a pathway that promotes care more directly. This process prepares graduates to be nurse practitioners within Advanced Practice Areas of their interest (Johansen, 2012). Comparison/Literature Review
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