I started my Nursing career in India and then I came to the United States and became an RN. I entered Nursing with the thinking that Nursing is a profession that will always allow me to have a job and all my patients will get better. However, from my experiences I understood that Nursing is more than just giving medications, and it requires clinical competence, cultural sensitivity, ethics, caring for others, and life-long learning about others and the evolving field of medicine. Florence Nightingale once said:
Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, It requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts. (Masters, 2005 (p.186)
Working with new graduate nurses has instilled in me the goal to share my knowledge and expertise with others and to teach others the art of nursing. My short-term goals are to complete the Master’s program by the summer of 2014. My second goal is to secure a job as a nurse educator at a hospital and work with my nurse manager to provide program like in-service to the hospital staff and students. I would like to incorporate my education from State University’s master’s program to assist hospital staff and patients in their learning process, with the use of new technology to facilitate the learning and understanding.
My long-term goal is to obtain experience and proficiency as a Nurse educator to become a nursing educator instructor. As a Nursing educator instructor I will be able to build new educators in Graduate programs for the future.
Core Competencies of Nurse Educators
The National League of Nursing for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) created eight nurse educator competencies to assess the qualities and skills of an educator to see how well they have met the standards to be an advanced health professional (Halstead, 2007). The nursing educator portfolio is like a self-evaluation of how well an educator is prepared in each of the core competencies to take on the role as an educator in the educational arena ((Halstead, 2007). This paper provides a self-evaluation of my competencies as I advance in my career to become a Nurse Educator.
Competency 1: Facilitate Learning
In education, I believe that the learners are the focus and their level of understanding of the topic evaluates the educator’s ability to teach effectively. To facilitate learning, it is essential to understand what the learner already know and build on their knowledge. In fact, one must respect the learner; apply strategies that are based on the learner’s needs and outcomes based on evidenced based practice (National League for Nursing, 2005). Moreover the educator uses personal characteristics such as “patience, caring, confidence, integrity, and...