Nurse Educator Climbing the Clinical Ladder from T.A.P. to Nursing Education Presenter: Darlene LoPresto, B.S.N., R.N.C.
Seminar Objectives Verbalizes understanding of role focus for Nurse Educator Increase knowledge of Nurse Educator practice environments Become familiar with concept of nursing scopes of practice State degree required to practice as a Nurse Educator
Definition & Qualifications: Nurse Educator A registered nurse who holds a Master’s or Doctoral degree working in an academic faculty position Possess advanced education and clinical training Specialty areas include acute care, cardiology, family health, oncology, pediatrics, and mental health Strong critical thinking skills Excellent communication skills Advisement and counseling skills
Historical Evolution James Derham 1836 Deaconess Institute, Germany 1860 St. Thomas Hospital, London 1885 Japan 1872 America 1886 African-Americans 1902- 492 schools of nursing in United States 1949 Community Colleges
Nurse Educator: Role Focus Part time clinical faculty, up to Dean of department Develop course/programs of study Teaching/guiding students Assist students with learning needs Assure quality experiences Future oriented
Scope of Practice Who, What, When, Where, Why & How of practice The American Nurses Association Nursing Scope & Standards of Practice (2004) National League for Nursing The Scope of Practice for Academic Nurse Educators (2007). Standards described the nursing responsibilities and guidelines for professional practice. ie: Standard #1. Assessment
Facilitate Learning • Facilitate student development & socialization • Use assessment & evaluation strategies • Participate in design & evaluation • Change agent & leader • Quality Improvement • Engage in Scholarships • Function within the educational environment Competencies Are specific roles and functions of nurse educators which demonstrate mastery in an advanced nursing role.
Environments of Practice Community Colleges & Universities Hospital based nursing schools Community health departments Home Care Long Term care Research programs High schools
Practice Outcomes Evidence-based nursing instruction format Improve quality of patient care Enhanced professional autonomy Promote improved patient outcomes
Interesting Statistics 2.9 million registered nurses/advanced practice nurses Demand 40%, supply 6% 2004-2014 need 1.2 million new nurses Need 2.8 million nurses by 2020 2006: 2/3 of nurse educators are age 45-60 2006: 2/3 of nurse educators will retire within 5-15 years
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