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Our Personal Response Can Humanize Or Dehumanize An Indivdual

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Reflecting on the educational process, I recall my own experience of the positive and negative events that have shaped my philosophy of education. Education was not an effective or enjoyable process initially due to the environment created by the educator. Nurses and nurse educators have a history of “eating their young” through verbal abuse, bullying, hostility and uncompromising expectations that discourage rather than encourage new nurses. I believe that nurse educators are to guide and facilitate the educational process setting the tone for a positive learning experience. The educator has enormous power over the learner that affects the ultimate success or failure of the students. Incorporating my nursing background to the educational process, the nurse as educator must also be an advocate for the student and be able to individualize the learning process to each student’s needs. As a nurse educator, I recognize that nursing education poses a unique challenge of acquiring new knowledge while at the same time applying this knowledge to various situations and events. I must be able to help the student recognize the important pieces of information that make up the patient and to put the pieces together into the patient as whole human being. Looking for ways to prepare the next generation of nurses, I believe that it is important to treat students with respect and dignity. Reminded of one Haim Ginott’s (1972) statements “I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.” Using this as one of the building blocks in the foundation of my philosophy, I attempt to integrate this belief into my overall philosophy of education.
Worldview and philosophy of life
My world view can be placed in biblical truth that God is sovereign and in control of all things and derived from Aquinas’ dualistic philosophy of the spiritual and physical dimensions as stated by Gutek (2011) “Human life and destiny were purposeful in that there was meaning to existence in this God-created universe”(p.88). Life is a gift from God and is to be lived fully; to obtain this an active participation in God’s kingdom is necessary. In contrast to being the center of my own world by asking what is God’s plan for me? My focus should be: What is God’s plan? How can I become a part of God’s plan? One way I strive to be a part of God’s kingdom is through love of God and others. Guided by the words of Jesus in Mark 28:30-31 (NIV) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second...

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