I believe that my role as an educator is to facilitatelearners in their achievement of the educational goals that they have establishedin their pathway to become nurses. Ifeel that my role is to assist students in acquiring the knowledge, skills andattitudes that are required to provide the best possible care to their clientsand client’s families. The” best possible care” is supported by evidence-based practiceand includes kindness, compassion, respect, and culturally sensitive components.As a teacher, I feel that my role is to help students tofilter through the enormous amount of information that is available and tocritically analyze the information that is pertinent to each situation. I try to promote critical-thinking in mystudents by using a variety of instructional and technological techniquesincluding questioning, case-studies, reflection, discussion, and simulatedlearning experiences. As active learners,students learn more effectively when they participate in the learningexperience. To achieve this educational purpose, it is important torecognize that adult learners bring with them unique life experiences,different backgrounds and values, and that they have valuable life experiencesthat enrich their learning experiences. As a teacher, not only must Iaccommodate these differences, but utilize them to enhance the learningexperiences of the other students in the classroom.
Adult learners appreciate the knowledge gainedin the classroom if they can see how it will apply to their future professionalpractice and goals. I strive to make theknowledge and skills that I teach in the classroom and clinical settingsrelevant to each student.I feel that studentslearn best when they are not stressed, so I strive to create a relaxed,interactive learning environment.
Ibelieve that the teaching-learning experience is a partnership between theteacher and students. However, this doesnot mean that students are not held to the standard that is required to ensurethat they are safe entry-level nurses. Nursing educators have a moral, legal and ethical responsibility toensure that graduates are well prepared to care for clients in the healthcaresystem.