Class #3 Assessment #2 Nurse Educator

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Overview. Nurse Educator

Create a 2-page plan addressing the scholarship, service, and teaching elements of a specific nurse educator role in a specific context.

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When we say we are nurse educators, the image that comes to mind for many is that of a nursing instructor in an undergraduate nursing program. The work that person is engaged in is teaching others how to be nurses. While that is certainly one aspect of the nurse educator role, the setting and the work may vary greatly.

Nurse Educator

Some nurse educators, especially in university settings, will hold joint appointments as nursing faculty in a college of nursing and as clinicians in the university hospital. Other educators will work exclusively in a hospital or community setting, educating staff, patients, or community. Regardless of the setting, the role of educator encompasses more than teaching; there is also an expectation for scholarship and for service.

In this tripartite role, faculty in universities and colleges are expected to teach, participate in scholarly activities, and participate in service, which is defined as activities contributing to the good of the community, university, or profession beyond one’s defined job description. Many health care institutions will also have similar expectations for nurses in upper-level positions.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

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· Competency 2: Analyze the tripartite role of teaching, service, and scholarship. 

. Describe a specific nurse educator role.

. Analyze the teaching, service, and scholarship expectations for a chosen nurse educator role.

· Competency 5: Articulate how nurse educators serve as change agents and leaders to help advance nursing education and nursing practice. 

. Analyze qualifications in a chosen nurse educator role that facilitate being a change agent.

· Competency 6: Develop a plan for engaging in scholarship in an established area of expertise. 

. Explain opportunities for scholarship related to a specific area of expertise.

· Competency 7: Establish a plan for pursuing continuous improvement in the nurse educator role. 

. Generate a plan for meeting each aspect of the tripartite model.

· Competency 8: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with the expectations for a nursing education professional. 

. Write coherently to support a central idea with correct grammar, usage, mechanics, and APA format and style as expected of a nursing education professional.

Nurse Educator

Assessment Instructions

Create a short (approximately 2 pages) plan reflecting on how the three aspects of the tripartite model of teaching, service, and scholarship could be met for a particular nurse educator position in a context of interest to you.

In your plan, do the following:

· Describe the nurse educator role that your plan addresses, as well as any other pertinent details about that role. Be sure to give the role’s title and explain the context in which that role works.

· Analyze the teaching, service, and scholarship expectations for that role as you understand them, and how those expectations fit with the role.

· Identify publications, journals, and conferences that could be a fit for the scholarship conducted in this role. Explain the kinds of scholarship that would be a good fit for person in this role and with this expertise.

· Generate a plan that could be used by a person in this role for meeting each of the expectations you analyzed.

· Analyze additional qualifications that you believe are needed for this role (additional education, certifications, skills, and so on), explaining why they are necessary.

· Analyze the qualifications and areas of expertise related to this role that would facilitate serving as a change agent.

Additional Requirements

Your plan should meet the following requirements:

· Written communication: Written communication should be free of grammar and spelling errors that distract from the content.

· APA format: Use correct APA format, including running head, page numbers, and a title page. Citations and references (if used) are to be in correct APA format.

· Format: Submit your assessment as a Word document.

· Length: Approximately two double-spaced pages, not including the title page and references page.

· Font and font size: Times New Roman or Arial, 12 point.

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Assessment 2 Context

The Tripartite Model For nursing faculty in colleges and universities, promotion and tenure will be partially determined by meeting expectations in all three areas: teaching, service, and scholarship. In many practice settings, including large health care systems, there is also often the expectation for educators and administration nurses to participate in service and scholarship.

Scholarship is sometimes thought of as contributing to the professional literature with articles, books, or Internet materials. This may be one aspect, but the field of nursing also considers scholarship from a broader perspective.

Service refers to contributions beyond those that are expected as part of a position description. This might include volunteer work with health care groups or in the community. It might also include involvement with professional organizations in the form of holding office or serving on committees.

Nurse Educators As Change Agents Education is a powerful means for changing behavior and beliefs. As nurses, we have all engaged in patient education designed to help individual patients change behaviors that are damaging their health. We educate staff on new practices designed to engage them in a new approach to patient care.

As nurse educators, much of our work is designed toward changes, either through adding to knowledge so that individuals are better informed in how to accomplish goals or in providing new knowledge to change behavior or solve a problem.

As academic nurse educators, we are engaged in adding to knowledge so that individuals can learn to be nurses or acquire specialty knowledge in nursing. In staff development, we are often involved in initiating new procedures and processes for carrying out health care initiatives. In patient education, we are teaching ways to improve health and change harmful behaviors.

In all instances, change is the key word. Sometimes, the changes come easily and the learners are eager for new knowledge; however, sometimes, that is not true and we meet resistance from the learners. Finding ways to overcome that resistance is an important aspect of being a change agent.

References Institute of Medicine. (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health.

Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Zorn, C. R. (2010). Becoming a nurse educator: Dialogue for an emerging career. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

  • Assessment 2 Context
    • The Tripartite Model
      • Nurse Educators As Change Agents
      • References
        • Institute of Medicine. (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

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