New Educator Help
“Everything is so different. I’ve worked in Nursing for several years and have very seldom felt this overwhelmed.”
Does this sound like you? Have you become faced with evaluations, writing test items, preparing lectures, etc.? In addition to all of this, you are now an active member of a committee that you know absolutely nothing about.
We welcome you to our world of teaching future nurses. We do not want you to remain overwhelmed, so this is the site for you. We offer mentoring in areas that concern new faculty.
Evaluations – We are aware that one of the most important responsibilities of our job is to evaluate students in the classroom and in the clinical setting. Your school of nursing will provide evaluation forms and the guidelines for completing the evaluations. But, you can always come to this site for assistance. We will be happy to answer your questions about student evaluations.
- Lectures – So you never liked public speaking and now you are to give a lecture on content you have used in nursing for years, but never had to explain it to students. Your anxiety level rises because you have never had to prepare a lecture. Remember that someone at your school of nursing has taught that content before and will be willing to help you. Also, the participants at this site have a wealth of knowledge in various subject areas and will help you in gathering the information you will need.
- Test item writing – After preparing the lecture, you will have to test the students’ comprehension of what you have taught. This takes us to test writing. Many schools use test banks, while others construct their questions. Once again, with the numerous types of questions and levels of difficulty, the wealth of knowledge at this site will be beneficial to you.
- Committees – As a member of faculty, you will be an active participant of a committee to keep your school of nursing NLN ready. There may also be other committees and professional organizations you will be encouraged to become a member of. When you have questions about these committees or organizations, do not hesitate to come to this site for assistance.
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As we have tried to convey to you, we want you to be happy and we want you to enjoy teaching the nurses of tomorrow. We have listed a few areas that might “attack” you upon entering the profession, but there could be others. Just click on our site and we are here to help you!
Seasoned Educator Resources
Become a Mentor
Are you a trusted colleague, a role model, a seasoned faculty member, a supporter of new or inexperienced faculty? WE NEED YOU!
- Do your students understand the content you teach? Do your teaching methods encourage student participation and interactions? Are you consistent in your evaluations? WE NEED YOU!
- Become a mentor. iTeachnursing is looking for experienced instructors to help others develop into great teachers. We need guides for new faculty or faculty with new experiences.
Continuing Education (CEU’s)
Continuing education for health care professionals is an educational experience that assists in the development and enhancement of the knowledge and skills directly related to one’s professional occupation. Continuing education experiences may include seminars, conferences, workshops, academic courses, satellite instruction, training programs, and directed self-study programs.
Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA) and the Mississippi Nurses Association (MNA) are providers of continuing education for nurses as well as nurse educators in Mississippi. The National League for Nursing (NLN) has a wide variety of continuing education programs. For information on continuing education in your community, check with your local hospital’s education department as well as community colleges and universities in your area.
Tidbits for Seasoned Faculty
Stay current in nursing matters. READ! READ! READ!
- Be computer literate, know how to navigate the internet.
- Maintain positive working relationships with other faculty in your own institution.
- Be a team player.
- Network with colleagues outside your own institution.
- Learn about and be comfortable with new equipment/technology in clinical areas.
- Know the staff on the units where you have students in clinical.
- Do not be afraid to say, “I don’t know, but I’ll find out.”
- Respect your students
- Claim respect from your students