Year Awarded: 2013
College of Nursing
My teaching philosophy is to inspire lifelong learning by impressing upon my students inquisitiveness, creative thinking, and importance of critically evaluating information. I respect the student as a customer receiving a service, but also as a future colleague to my profession.
Nursing is a profession, not a job. I endeavor to acculturate students into the nursing profession. I hold students accountable for their own learning; students should be prepared for class and complete work by deadlines. I value academic and personal integrity. When a student does not meet minimum safe practice standards, I do not hesitate to remove the student from working with clients. I advise students of resources available for personal and academic remediation and counseling.
I explain how a topic is important to student's nursing career. I express why the topic is worth investing valuable time to learn. I customize projects to a student's interests within curricular limits.
I prefer to teach applying concepts to clinical situations. I strive to present information for a variety of learning preferences by providing online detailed class notes, multimedia resources, case studies, and example evaluation questions with rationales. I continuously modify content to include current evidence-based research.
Patient safety is always my priority when teaching. I feel ethically obligated to ensure that future nurses assist patients, families, and communities to navigate the increasingly challenging healthcare system. I teach students to respect others even when the patient's values are different, and I emphasize the importance of recognizing and addressing any unethical or harmful behavior witnessed in the healthcare system.
I teach empathy by exposing students to socio-economic issues and situations unfamiliar to them. Using clinical creativity, I want the student to have a better understanding of the struggles, obstacles, and challenges of their future patients. Students need to understand a patient is hospitalized for a very limited time; they come from a community and will return home to their community.