Runninghead: Evolving Roles of Nurse Educators in Diverse Environments 1 Evolving Roles of Nurse Educators in Diverse Environments LaNora K. Davis Western Governors University
Evolving Roles of Nurse Educators in Diverse Environments 2 Evolving Roles of Nurse Educators in Diverse Environments Interview Guide for Academic Nurse Educator (ANE) ANE interview Core Questions 1. Describe your role as an ANE in facilitating student learning in meeting learning outcomes. I am an adjunct faculty member at Western Carolina University (WCU) in North Carolina. My role involves classroom instruction of nursing students in maternal/newborn nursing, pediatrics, and that of a school nurse. Within the university, there is a middle school which is known as a lab school. I am the nurse for the middle school and bring in my nursing students for clinical experience. 2. What is your organization’s expectations of you regarding your role in teaching, scholarship, and maintaining clinical expertise? As far as teaching, I am currently teaching in a traditional university setting and have a university established curriculum. There are specific competencies which must be covered for the subject I teach. One area required by faculty and students is that of community service. Service is to be done with students and as an individual. I maintain my licensure and certifications per North Carolina state board and national certification standards. Scholarship is directly related to advanced research. As a nontenured faculty member, I am not required to meet all three standards just two. Tenured teachers are required to meet performance standards for all three. 3. As a novice what was the best advice you were given, if any? What advice would you give to a novice ANE? The best advice I received was from my mentor in grad school: “…don’t reinvent the wheel”. What she was saying was to take the curriculum that was given and teach it. Over time you can begin to
Evolving Roles of Nurse Educators in Diverse Environments 3 integrate your own personal changes. Another great piece of advice I received from the same mentor was to remember to be flexible. My mentor went in to her first classroom as a strict and regimented instructor. As a result, the students greatly disliked her and she received poor reviews. She also told me that it is important to give students the benefit of the doubt. Things happen in life which we cannot control and having some flexibility goes along way with students. To sum up the best advice I received: be firm, flexible, and fair. 4. What is your role in curriculum development, improvements, and program accreditation? First and foremost, implementing or changing curriculum is a huge process. I currently sit on the curriculum committee for the prelicensure program. We review current curriculum as it relates to any changes by the state in the nurse practice act, regulations that pertain to nursing, and updating current curriculum to match current practice. Any changes by the board of nursing are generally fast tracked and approved much quicker than other changes.
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