Competency 5 - Function as a Change Agent and LeaderNurse educators function as change agents and leaders to
create a preferred future fornursing
education and nursing practice. To function effectively as a change agent and leader,the nurse educator: Models cultural sensitivity
when advocating for change
Along with a colleague, I participated
in research regarding students’ perception of their level of cultural sensitivity. During this research, students taught
patients of different ethnicities in a free clinic. The students also provided basic assessment of the
patients where the investigating instructors could evaluate the students’ interactions with these patients.
The data was correlated and submitted for publication and is currently under review. The
students grew immensely in their understanding of other cultures over the eleven weeks of this study. Providing
these types of experiences enhances the students’ ability to gain an appreciation of cultural differences in delivery
of health care.Integrates
a long-term, innovative, and creative perspective into the nurse educatorrole
· In preparing clinical activities materials which the student will use throughout
college and in their nursing practice are included. For example, in practicing nursing there are many processes
included which can be documented electronically or manually. In preparing the student for a clinical experience,
these processes are all included such that the student has a complete learning experience associated with patient care delivery.
The students’ treatment of these processes is evaluated with feedback for improvement each clinical experience.
Integrates a long-term, innovative,
and creative perspective into the nurse educator role
As a leader
and a change agent, a problem of fewer supplies/space than required for effective lab experience was recognized;
the lab was granted money for an overhaul under the direction of Susan Rasmussen and with the help of my hands; and supplies
were made/sewed by (Dianne) me for a total savings of $600.00. Total monies granted to date (grants written by myself
and Susan Rasmussen) $76,000.00.
• As Coordinator
of Lab for First Semester, I planned, coordinated and set up the first semester learning scenarios through the direction of
Susan Rasmussen, Lab Manager.
•In order to save the school money, we made from old sheets sterile packets for the students to use for practice in
preparing a sterile field. This amounted to a savings of $5.00 per student for 2 years; a savings of $600.00.
Under the direction of lab manager Susan Rasmussen, I assisted in the writing of a Perkins proposal for $53,000 to renovate
the lab. Of the $33,000 approved, we are in the process of having the lab reconstructed with a simulation
booth, video surveillance and student interactive learning booths with debriefing sets. This will enhance student learning
two fold as we are short on clinical space at the health care facilities. With this renovation, we will
be able to provide the needed clinical experience to the students which will promote competence in clinical practice and groom
the students to become the nurses society needs; ready to rise to the occasion of skilled and accurate delivery of care.
A typical Simulation lab; I trained two of the students to run Sim while we played “out”
“Nursing Instructor, student nurses and patient with Sats in the 60’s. With the new construction
once completed, we won’t have to hide the simulator operator behind bed sheets and IV poles.
Participates in interdisciplinary
efforts to address health care and educational needs logically: Susan Rasmussen and I collaborated and with grants
we received, our lab now has an observatory (the sheets are gone) in our new simulation lab which was the result of the
grant monies received.
Any and all experiences: medication pass offs,
(medication sheets; the meds) nutrition lab, physical Assessment II, Sim lab are the responsibility of Lab Coordinator and
Lab Director. The bigger labs, meds, nutrition and physical assessment require several hours each. For
medication, I use small palm size baggies, m & m’s or skittles with a xerox copy of a “real barcode med label”
attached. They can be opened and eaten. We were very limited with the practi-meds because
in order to save money, the students were not allowed to open them. The skittles/m&m’s take time to prepare, but
they look pretty real and they don’t cost the school a dime. Purchasing practi-meds cost a fortune;
hence, another savings per the Lab Director and Coordinator (estimate $2,000.00).