Reflection Paper On Nurse Educator

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Master of Science, Nurse Educator Reflection Paper In 2011, The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) published “The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing” as a guide for preparing Master level nurses for the critical leadership roles that they are increasingly being called upon to fill in the rapidly evolving health care system. The University of Mary has incorporated those guidelines into “The Graduate Nursing Student Handbook 2016-2017” along with specific program outcomes for each nursing specialty. The Master Prepared Nurse Educator role is pivotal in channeling the ever-expanding body of nursing knowledge into organized curriculum tracks aimed at cultivating growth and professionalism in nursing. Program of Study The University of Mary Graduate Handbook delineates eight areas of professional practice for the Nurse Educator. These areas emphasize leadership, critical thinking, and an embedded commitment to evidence-based learning. Situational awareness is a concept which encompasses these aspects. Originating within the aviation industry, it is defined as the ability to accurately discern what’s occurring while comprehending meaning and implications (Fore & Sculli, 2013). Adequate situational awareness is vital for those working in high stress industries with a low tolerance for error. Although unfamiliar with the term, I first became interested in situational awareness after observing the impact of a sentinel error which occurred on a unit where I worked. The involved nurses were competent and respected. A few years later, I attended the Magnet Conference in Kentucky as a representative with the Billings Clinic in Billings, MT. The topics included patient safety and the need for improved processes in patient care. Since that time, I have been riveted by the question, why do competent, knowledgeable nurses occasionally make serious judgement mistakes and would ongoing education and coaching be effective in mitigating those mistakes? Course Goals Motivational speaker Les Bloom observed that “you cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change” (Vance, 2014). Change, however, requires a willingness to learn new ways of thinking
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