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I am an RN with almost 30 years of nursing experience, having received my BSN from the University of Pittsburgh, after graduating from high school. I have worked as a perinatal nurse for just as many years. A perinatal nurse is one who cares for women from preconception, through their pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum, and up to several weeks beyond. We also provide care for the newborn baby and infant. Currently, I work as a full-time labor and delivery nurse.
In addition to being a nurse who works at the bedside, I am also a nurse educator. I started teaching more than 10 years ago when a friend, who works for our community college, reached out to me. She was looking for someone to teach an adult continuing education course in medical terminology. She wanted to know if I knew of anyone. As I told her, although I never taught formally, nurses teach patients and their families everyday, and I believed I could do the job. I was hired! I continued to teach there for about 7 years and maintained my full time position at the hospital.
One day I decided I no longer wanted to work in the hospital. I started searching for full-time teaching positions. I found a position teaching at a school dedicated solely to LPN students. I taught a class on lab values and diagnostic tests. As there was no formal textbook available for the students, I had to devise one myself. The majority of the time I was at this school, I spent teaching the students in the clinical area. I firmly believe in teaching and leading by example. In order to garner respect, you must give respect; understand that mistakes will be made and use that as a learning opportunity.
I was not at the above school long. We were laid off after 3 months. Fortunately, working for that school gave me the experience I needed to move on to a bigger and better opportunity. I was hired, initially, as full-time faculty for another LPN program. When the director, who hired me, resigned after only 3 months, I was hired as the interim director. I held that position for 3 months, but within that time period was able to make many positive changes to the programs, based on the problems presented to me by the current students. When a new director was hired, I became her assistant director (I do not have a Master's degree). We saw an almost 100% turn-around in the NCLEX-PN pass rate from the first class we graduated to the next.
Not only was I the assistant director, but I was also the clinical liaison - I worked with facilities to provide clinical opportunities for our students, and I taught the 3 semesters of pharmacology we provided, as well as the maternity class and related clinical experience. I also mentored and tutored students who were having trouble in their classes.
I stayed at the above school for about 3 years, until budget cuts removed me from my position, and I decided to return to the hospital and my current position. I was also offered the opportunity to teach again at our community college. This time I would be teaching a class for students interested in getting into the health care field. Of course that opportunity led to another opportunity. I was asked to be a substitute clinical instructor; then a classroom instructor for the LPN program, teaching Mental Health and Maternity-Pediatrics nursing, in the summer semester.
I believe my students achieve because I encourage them to believe in themselves and their abilities. I am honest with them. I tell them it won't be easy, but I also let them know that I am there for them. I don't believe in failure. I am a living witness of what one can do if you have faith and don't give up. I tell them my story.
I do what I do because I want there to be more caring and compassionate nurses in the world. I want there to be more nurses who are passionate about their work because they are making a difference in someone's life. So, I try to impact their lives in every way I can.
I use a variety of teaching styles. I learn from my students. I want to always keep them alert and motivated. I try to keep my classes as interactive as possible. My classes have been full of tears one moment and full of laughter the next.
Many of my students still maintain close contact with me, even to this day. They continually tell me of the impact that I have made on their lives. There is no greater reward or payment than that.
AS a nursing instructor, I taught Pharmcology Dosage and Calculations, for approximately 3 years, for a practical nursing program in Philadelphia. Much of the curriculum was based on knowledge of basic algebraic concepts.
I believe having taught a course that utilized algebraic concepts, as well as having passed an online exam for Algebra I, provides me with the knowledge and ability to tutor those having difficulty comprehending this subject.
I am currently working as a nursing advisor at the community college in my county. Although I have only been in this position for about 6 months, I believe I have helped many students make sound decisions regarding their future college goals.
As a nursing instructor who has tutored and is currently tutoring students for the nursing entrance exams, I believe I am well qualified to prepare students who wish to further their education by taking and passing the GED. The TEAS V exam, the most utilized nursing entrance exam to date, is based primarily on a 12th grade high school curriculum, as is the GED exam. That being said, I am certain that I will be able to help students pass this exam, particularly the Language Arts Reading and Writing, Math, and Social Studies.
I believe my background as a Practical Nursing administrator and instructor will afford me the experience required to help prepare students for the NCLEX, especially in the areas of Maternity, Mental Health, Pharmacology, and Critical Thinking.
I have been a registered nurse for almost 30 years. My primary experience has been in Women's Health, but I am knowledgeable in many areas of nursing, having taught for 3 different Practical Nursing programs. I am currently employed as Labor and Delivery nurse. I am also a nursing advisor for our community college, and an adjunct professor for the Practical Nursing program.
I believe that the above experience will prove worthwhile in helping students explore and prepare for their nursing education.
As an educator I have spent a great deal of time reviewing, correcting, and editing written assignments. I have also proofread letters for students and colleagues before they were submitted to schools and job opportunities. I have provided pointers on how they could improve them in order to make themselves more marketable.
There is almost nothing I enjoy more than to read a great and inspiring novel. I am not sure how old I was when I learned to read, but I do recall that as early as kindergarten, I loved to read. The library became my second home. I would read anything I could get my hands on. Now, my reading has become a little more focused to certain genres. I find that more and more as I read, I find myself, inadvertently, looking for errors in grammar, vocabulary, and writing style (must be the teacher in me). English was my favorite subject throughout my school years.
Because of my own preciseness in reading and proofreading, I believe I would be able to help those who are struggling with reading comprehension.
I have proctored the TEAS exam for Practical Nursing students for approximately 3 years. I have attended several seminars sponsored by ATI, including a cut score conference in Kansas in 2008. I believe I have gleaned enough knowledge to help students succeed on this exam.
The only other vocation that I thought about as I was growing up, other than being a nurse, was to one day be a great writer. I find myself often critiquing another's writing style and ability. For my students, I use their written assignments as learning opportunities. One who writes well, will usually be able to speak well. I believe it is all part of the process.
Although I never realized my dream of becoming a great writer, I believe I hold the tools to help someone else realize that dream; or at least help them get through school.
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