Nurse Educator Philosophy Statement

Nursing Education Area

Nurse educators prepare student nurses and experienced registered nurses to handle the dynamic health system. I would like to apply my Master’s in nursing, education specialization skills, and mental health care nursing education knowledge. As a mental health nurse educator, I will participate in teaching new mental health nurses and evaluating the skills and competency of mental health nursing staff.

Nurse Educator Philosophy Statement

I will also formulate educational programs for mental health nurses using evidence-based approaches, implement the educational programs and evaluate existing mental health educational programs. Moreover, I will educate mental health patients and their caregivers about mental health conditions. I will also develop individualized care plans for the patient and educate the caregivers on how they can contribute to the care process.

Philosophy Statement

In my third year of nursing school, I met a nursing educator who helped me realize the type of nurse I wanted to be. His teaching methods and how he interacted with us sparked our interest in the material he was teaching and inspired us to learn and grow. He expected us to have vibrant discussions on the relevant course material, and he would have us attest to skills that we had applied in real-life situations. This made me realize that a successful teacher gives accurate information to learners and encourages them to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their professional and personal lives. This experience guides my nurse educator philosophy statement.

I believe the adult learner is self-motivated and willing to learn. Student-driven teaching encourages learning that is both focused and resilient. My responsibility as a teacher is to learn about my adult learners, their level of competence and experience, and their expectations and objectives so that I can create a schedule that will help them achieve their objectives. By comparing my objectives with those of the adult learners I will teach, I can create a framework through which they can connect what they already know to the new knowledge they will acquire. Case-based

A learning environment should be positive, safe, and conducive. This will encourage learners to be free and comfortable acquiring knowledge (Kalyani et al., 2019). Enthusiastic educators showing a good understanding of the material inspire learners to study. I believe working with other colleagues who are also passionate about the material creates a positive, safe and conducive learning environment. It also inspires learners to work together and create a conducive learning environment.

I believe employing multiple teaching strategies to reach all my students is essential. I use scenario-based teaching and embrace group activities, virtual lectures, discussion forums, and reading assignments. Each student has different ways of learning. Learning theories that help me meet my student’s needs are the constructivist learning theory and the social learning theory. The constructivist learning theory proposes that students learn through innovation and research. The social learning theory proposes that students learn from seeing other people’s experiences (Mukhalalati & Taylor, 2019). It is an extension of learning through innovation and research.

Tripartite Roles of The Nurse Educator

The tripartite model of nursing consists of teaching, scholarship, and service. As a nurse educator, I am expected to give instructions to guide students in their clinical activities, assess students and give them the results, and complete the curriculum on time.

According to the tripartite model, teaching means theoretical knowledge with practical skills. This aligns with my philosophical statement and the adult learning theories shaping my educator approach. I use the constructivist learning theory, which proposes that students learn through innovation and research (Mukhalalati & Taylor, 2019). I also use the social learning theory, which proposes that students learn from seeing other people’s experiences.

Scholarship plays a crucial role in nursing education. A nurse educator should have at least a graduate degree in nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing. I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing. In my philosophy statement, I will achieve scholarship by developing curriculums for my students and overseeing student research projects (Coffey & White, 2019). I would also stay updated with new practices by reviewing current journals and research articles.

Service also plays a vital role in nursing education. A nurse educator serves the institution he is working for by educating students. The nurse educator does not teach about the nursing profession but also about how to be responsible human beings, how to care for others without expecting a reward, and how to accept others despite differences in cultures and beliefs (Dugué et al., 2021). My philosophy is to teach students to be responsible and caring nurses.

Significant Historical Events

In December 2019, the first known case of COVID-19 was reported in Wuhan, China. The disease spread rapidly in a few months, and many deaths occurred secondary to the disease. The government, healthcare practitioners, and members of the public were not aware of how the disease spread from one person to another or how to prevent it. In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic (Liu et al., 2020). Global measures were then put in place to try and manage the spread of the disease.

Handwashing and wearing protective masks in public spaces were made compulsory. Individuals were required to keep a distance of at least 6 feet from each other. Travel limitations were also put in place. Some countries implemented lockdowns. Infection rates dropped, but the virus mutated, and the new variants caused a surge in infection rates. However, over time, scientists invented vaccines such as Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, which controlled the pandemic.

Necessary nurse educator competencies

The essential nurse educator competencies are advocating for a positive development of nursing education, participating in scholarship, formulating curriculums and assessing their outcomes, supporting learning and student development, appraisal and ranking, and enthusiasm for nursing education.

Other essential competencies are clear and effective communication, vast knowledge and skills, professionalism in the work environment, resilient leadership skills, and good interpersonal skills. I chose these competencies because they have been established by the National League for Nursing. The National League for Nursing is a national organization for nursing educators.  Its main objective is to help nursing educators improve the services that they are providing.

Summary

A nursing philosophy statement describes what motivates individuals to become nurses and what kind of nurses they want to be. A nurse educator’s philosophy statement describes what inspired them to be an educator and what type of educator they want to be. It also states the critical theories that affect their approach to teaching. My teaching philosophy was inspired by a nursing educator and aimed to encourage students to apply what they learn in a personal or professional real-life situation.

References

  • Coffey, J. S., & White, B. L. (2019). The clinical nurse educator role: A snapshot in time. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 50(5), 228–232. https://doi.org/10.3928/00220124-20190416-09
  • Dugué, M., Sirost, O., & Dosseville, F. (2021). A literature review of emotional intelligence and nursing education. Nurse Education in Practice, 54, 103124. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2021.103124
  • Kalyani, M. N., Jamshidi, N., Molazem, Z., Torabizadeh, C., & Sharif, F. (2019). How do nursing students experience the clinical learning environment and respond to their experiences? A qualitative study. BMJ Open, 9(7), e028052. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028052
  • Liu, Y. C., Kuo, R. L., & Shih, S. R. (2020). COVID-19: The first documented coronavirus pandemic in history. Biomedical Journal, 43(4), 328-333. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bj.2020.04.007
  • Mukhalalati, B. A., & Taylor, A. (2019). Adult learning theories in context: a quick guide for healthcare professional educators. Journal Of Medical Education And Curricular Development, 6, 2382120519840332. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F2382120519840332

Nurse Educator Philosophy Statement Instructions

Write a 3-5 page nurse educator philosophy.

Introduction

In this assessment, you will author your own nurse educator philosophy to guide your practice in each of the tripartite roles and grounded in the competencies you find essential for your role.

Every nurse educator develops his or her own nursing education philosophy over the course of their study and career. Nursing education requires the development of key competencies, some of which are unique to the environment in which the nurse educator will work.

Preparation

As you prepare to complete this assessment, you may want to think about other related issues to deepen your understanding or broaden your viewpoint. You are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of your professional community.

Note that these questions are for your own development and exploration and do not need to be completed or submitted as part of your assessment.

  • What changes could be made to the National League for Nursing Core Competencies of Nurse Educators to keep them responsive to the current and future needs for preparing competent nurses?
  • Should the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential be required for educators in faculty positions?
  • What are examples of different contexts that might require unique competencies?

Based on your understanding of adult learning theory, learner-centered education, and applicable learning theories.

  • Which theories do you think will be most important to you in your teaching role? Why?
  • How will you apply the different learning theories as an educator?
  • How do they fit with your developing nursing education philosophy?

Instructions

Develop your own nurse educator philosophy statement. Identify your beliefs and values regarding the adult learner, learning environment, and teaching strategies and applicable learning theories that you will use as an educator. Address how this philosophy will guide you in the tripartite roles of a nurse educator – how it will guide your teaching, scholarship, and service. Support your philosophy with your knowledge of historical events that are pertinent to your work. In addition, identify the competencies that you see as critical to your role.

In sum, your philosophy statement should guide your practice as a nurse educator.

Your educator philosophy statement should do the following:

  • Identify the area of nursing education or the area in health care in which you will apply your MSN, education specialization skills, and knowledge.
  • Formulate your nurse educator philosophy statement, which should comprise of your beliefs and values regarding the adult learner, learning environment, and teaching strategies and applicable learning theories that you will use as an educator.
  • Apply your philosophy statement to each of the tripartite roles of the nurse educator. What does your philosophy mean for your approach to teaching, scholarship, and service? As you discuss the role of teacher, be sure to address any theories (adult learning theory, learner-center education, and others) that shape your approach as an educator.
  • Analyze the relationship of significant historical events that have shaped the role you seek to fill.
  • Analyze the most essential nurse educator competencies necessary for this MSN-prepared nurse educator. Explain why you selected the competencies you did.
  • Conclude with a summary.

Additional Requirements

  • Format: 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font, double spaced in Microsoft Word.
  • Length: 3–5 pages plus a title page and a references page.
  • Use correct APA format, including page numbers and a title page. Citations and references (if used) are to be in correct APA format.
  • Writing should be free of grammar and spelling errors that distract from content.

Competencies Measured

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

  • Competency 1: Analyze the historical evolution of nursing education.
    • Analyze the influence of historical events on a nurse educator role.
  • Competency 2: Analyze the tripartite role of teaching, service, and scholarship.
    • Formulate an informed nurse educator philosophy statement.
    • Applies a nurse educator philosophy to the tripartite roles of teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Competency 3: Analyze professionally established nurse educator competencies and models.
    • Analyze the competencies necessary for a specific nurse educator role.
  • Competency 8: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with the expectations of 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.