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Best Practices in Nursing Education: Stories of Exemplary by Mary Jane Smith PhD RN, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick PhD MBA RN

By Mary Jane Smith PhD RN, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick PhD MBA RN FAAN

Who greater to profit from approximately educating than lecturers themselves? Written through lecturers and approximately academics, this publication is for graduate scholars in nursing schooling in addition to mid-career nurse educators. This quantity positive aspects narratives in line with interviews with twenty-one unique lecturers of nursing. chosen by way of the editors according to own studies with them as lecturers or mentors, their present stature within the nursing schooling group, or simply because they're recipients of nationwide instructing awards, those academics supply a number of function versions for profession improvement and provide a plethora of knowledge, together with: settling on a profession in educating nursing getting ready and mentoring in instructing keeping excellence cozy instances as a instructor Embarrassing instructing moments such a lot and least profitable instances major demanding situations recommendation for brand spanking new lecturers construction collegial relationships non-stop self-development Scholarly improvement Balancing expert and private lifestyles

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I applied to a variety of baccalaureate programs but wound up going to the Diploma School at Johns Hopkins because somehow or another a visit there grabbed me. I was an above average, but not an outstanding student for those 3 years of nursing school, until I got to the last experience in community health. It was unusual at that time to have community health in a diploma program and the program at Hopkins was excellent. That is where I really came alive.

I learn from my colleagues on the faculty; but I think if you want to be a teacher, you have to be 5 or 10 years ahead of where the field is. I probably take teaching for the future too seriously. Reinventing yourself means you volunteer to teach something that you have not taught before. I keep struggling for a better way to present a course to the students, so that it makes sense. I am not the teacher who goes into the computer and pulls up and then modifies material. I am always changing the class content.

During the presidency of Brother Patrick Ellis, FSC, I was elected to be one of my religious community’s general superiors. The election was a surprise. I knew one day that I was going to be asked to help the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill. However, I also knew that holding two positions was problematic. The major superior, Sr. Gertrude Foley, wanted me to be in Greensburg, PA full time. Under these circumstances, I knew that I could not be Executive Vice President. You had to be available; you could not be away.

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