- Steens, MS US
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At this time, I would like to find a full-time job as a nursing instructor at a teaching-intensive school of nursing. Preferably, I would love a tenure-track professor position. My expertise is in labor and delivery, postpartum, and well baby nursing. I would love to teach clinical and lecture in this content. I am willing to work a few shifts a month at a postpartum floor to keep my skills fresh and to encourage good relationships between the nursing program and the clinical placement.
As for research/scholarship, I am passionate about two different topics: online learning and grief experienced by nurses. I have really enjoyed the flexibility of online learning and the possibilities it has to enhance learning. This topic is what I have decided to research for my dissertation. My dissertation topic is nontraditional nursing student’s achievement in the blended learning environment. Although I think online learning is pertinent to nursing education, I am also passionate about the grief experienced by nurses. This topic is one that I would love to undertake when I have become a more mature and experienced researcher.
Continuing Studies Scholarship, May 2012
Awarded in 2012-2013 school year.
Kathryn M. Crossland Outstanding Student Award, April 2008
Awarded to two outstanding nursing students each year.
Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, April 2007
Initiated through academic achievement.
Effective teaching happens when students gain a deep understanding of the content and improve their ability to learn. In effective teaching, the teacher’s responsibility is to be the expert of the content, convey the information in a way that facilitates student learning, and to encourage the culture of life-long learning. Students must be an active participant in the learning process. Students must be internally driven to learn, take responsibility for what they learn, and to strive to learn the way he or she learns and improve their ability to learn.
Using evidence-based research, I strengthen and fully delve into my own foundation beliefs about teaching and learning. I am continually learning how to be the most effective nursing educator I can be. I am always changing the methods that I use to teach and the assessments that I evaluate to create the most significant learning experience. Only through continuous improvement can I enhance the learning of my students.
Nursing consists of four components of environment, patient, health, and nurse.Environment consists of the surroundings around the patient, such as water, food, shelter, social support, security, etc. Patient can include the person receiving care, their families, and their communities. Health is not a dichotomous entity, but exists in a continuum. Nurse is the one providing care to the patient. I believe that the nurse is to care and advocate for the patient to improve their health and/or their environment. Through using the nursing process (assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate), the nurse can impact their patients' health and environment.