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Wesley Kent Harbin, MSN, RN

Nursing Allied Health Faculty

Work experience

Dec 2012Present

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 2007Sep 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 2012Feb 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 2007Jul 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 2006Feb 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 2004Apr 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 2002Aug 2004


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 1998Aug 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 2000May 2001


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


Aug 2010May 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 2008May 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.


Computer Skills
Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Online Learning Management Systems (LMS)
Basic Life Support Instructor (CPR)


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.


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