Wesley Kent Harbin, MSN, RN

  • 301 Killough Drive Birmingham, Alabama 35215 205.500.9250
Wesley Kent Harbin, MSN, RN

Nursing Allied Health Faculty

Work History

Work History
Dec 2012 - Present

Faculty of Nursing & Allied Health

Virginia College in Birmingham

  • Teaching  nursing courses in an associate degree program, such as:  Pediatric Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Health Assessment, and Nutrition
  • Curriculum development for Associate Degree programming
  • Teaching nursing theory as well as clinical instruction
  • Received "outstanding" evaluations in teaching style
  • Student advisement
  • Laboratory instruction/skills check-offs
  • Instruction in Allied Health/Patient Care Technician Program
Mar 2007 - Sep 2013

Director of Education, Nurse Educator, Emergency Room/Psychiatric Nurse

Lakeland Community Hospital
  • Nursing Education and orientation training
  • Development of policies & procedures in conjunction with Nurse Executive
  • Coordinating educational opportunities for various departments within the hospital
  • Teaching in-service education to nursing staff
  • Building & developing curriculum education requirements for hospital staff
  • Overseeing of online learning management systems (Cornerstone & Plateau)
  • Initiating training for newly opened geriatric psychiatric unit
  • Teaching American Heart Association courses
  • Research of evidence-based practice for sound clinical care
  • Fill-in for Emergency Room staffing as well as Psychiatric Nursing staffing
Jun 2012 - Feb 2013

Full-time, Faculty of Nursing

FORTIS Institute in Birmingham
  • Teaching & assisting with curriculum development for Practical Nursing Program
  • Courses taught:  Psychiatric Nursing, Fundamentals, Gerontology, Leadership, Transition to Nursing Practice/NCLEX review.
  • Teaching in the clinical environment with students
  • Academic advisement, tutoring, one-to-one interaction with students to assist with development of study plan for student success
  • Implementation of simulation in the classroom environment
  • Competent in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
May 2007 - Jul 2012

Clinical Nursing Instructor

Bevill State Community College
  • Adjunct faculty - clinical nursing instructor (18 hours/week)
  • Taught NUR 105 [Adult Health], NUR 108 [Mental Health], NUR 201 [Adult/Pediatric] clinicals as well as RN and LPN students
  • Maintaining student records, grades, and evaluations
  • Skills laboratory check-offs of various nursing skills
  • During my MSN clinical, I taught various classroom topics such as:  diabetes, mental health, assessment, fundamentals, and pharmacology
  • Provided evaluation to students by developing examinations and quizzes
  • Facilitated learning by various learning theories
  • Implemented activity-based learning in the classroom and clinical environment
  • Strong interest in Acute care and Psychiatric/Forensic Nursing
Apr 2006 - Feb 2007

Nurse Executive

Ten Broeck Hospital - Ocala
  • Promoted to Nurse Executive position and transferred from Jacksonville facility (same company)
  • Oversight of entire nursing staff as Nurse Executive
  • Performance improvement initiatives to improve patient care
  • Developed policies & procedures for nursing staff
  • Assessment & management of child/adolescent & adult patients in a mental health setting
  • Initiated rewards program for child/adolescent unit by implementing "good behavior" rewards (e.g., outings to Walt Disneyworld & SeaWorld)
  • Coordinated education for staff, especially nurses for continuing education and staff development
  • Participated in actual surveys (The Joint Commission, AHCA, and DEA).
  • Regulatory compliance (The Joint Commission, Agency for Healthcare Administration [AHCA], and DEA)
Sep 2004 - Apr 2006

Staff Nurse/Nurse Educator/Assistant Director of Nursing

Ten Broeck Hospital - Jacksonville
  • Staff nurse for 3 months, then promoted to Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Educator for 8 months, then promoted to Assistant Director of Nursing
  • Developed and implemented policies & procedures
  • Oversight of nursing staff with guidance from Nurse Executive
  • Monotoring performance improvement & reporting quarterly
  • Assisted with mock survey of sister facilities (Ocala, FL)
  • Taught various courses to nursing staff as well as continuing education
  • Implemented intensive restraint & seclusion training
  • Coordinated and taught general orientation for new hires
  • Worked closely with Human Resources with hiring, promotions, and terminations
Jun 2002 - Aug 2004

RN I

Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility
  • Provided assessment, evaluation and care to forensic clients in a maximum security setting
  • Taught group education to clients (e.g., stress reduction, medication education, and health promotion)
  • Developed care plans appropriate to forensic clients to ensure safety and promote well-being
  • Medication monitoring and behavioral assessment for clients to stand trial for crimes committed
  • Supervision of mental health workers as well as other nurses on the unit
May 1998 - Aug 2004

Patient Care Technician; RN

Carraway Burdick West Medical Center (now Lakeland Community Hospital
  • Initially hired as a PCT  while attending my associate degree program
  • Upon graduation, I began working in the Emergency Department as well as Medical-Surgical areas
  • Worked in various departments while attending college (e.g., finance, payroll, administration, nursing administration, and laboratory)
May 2000 - May 2001

RN

Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital (ECM)
  • Psychiatric-mental health nursing
  • Acute care for mentally ill clients in an inpatient hospital unit
  • Provided education to nurses (unit educator)
  • Medication and disease process education to clients

Education

Education
Aug 2010 - May 2012

Master of Science in Nursing

University of North Alabama

MSN in Teaching/Learning in Nursing (Nursing Education), with clinical specialty in Adult Health & Psychiatric Nursing

Jun 2008 - May 2010

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

University of North Alabama

Completed the Flex-Track RN-to-BSN online and graduated with honors as Magna Cum Laude, May 2010.

Skills

Skills

Computer Skills

Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Online Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Basic Life Support Instructor (CPR)

Interest

I have special interests in teaching subjects such as (but not limited to):  cultural diversity, ethics, psychiatric nursing, adult health nursing, emergency/trauma nursing, and nursing theory and research.

Outside of nursing I enjoy:  vacationing, swimming, reading, movies, and most of all, Walt Disney World.

I hold strong feelings of advocacy for the mentally ill and other patients with cognitive problems.  My plan is to obtain my PhD in Nursing Education with a clinical focus in psychiatric nursing/human/child development.

Objective

Enhancing nursing by way of providing high-quality education and training to improve patient outcomes.