Nursing Capstone - Nurse as Educator

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Running Head: ADVANCED PRACTICE ROLE INDEPENDENT STUDY

NU 499: Nursing Capstone

Carmen Ragusa

February 4, 2010

The Nurse as Educator

Abstract

This paper explores the nurse educator as a profession. It delineates the responsibilities of the educator as a gatekeeper for the nursing profession and emphasizes its paramount role in the academic world of nursing education and health care delivery. There is an exciting perspective to the educator’s role in nursing and the opportunity to mentor the next generation of nurses. Teaching the novice clinician about the profession and the dedication to serving people is self fulfilling and vital to the preparation of future nurses. This paper examines the diversified roles of the educator as well as the challenges and ethical dilemmas that are congruent to the profession. The articles and nursing journals depict how the role of the educator substantially affects the health care delivery system and how the philosophy of nursing practice is implemented to promote holistic client centered care.

The Clinical Nurse Educator

The history of nursing education is tied to nursing's quest for a professional identity. Nursing is serious about education, placing major emphasis on lifelong learning as well as initial preparation. Nurse educators are critical players in assuring quality educational experiences that prepare novice nursing students for a diverse health care environment. They are responsible for designing, implementing, evaluating and revising academic and continuing education programs for nurses. Nurse educators combine their clinical expertise and passion for teaching into rewarding careers. They are professionals who work both in the classroom and practice setting and are responsible for mentoring and preparing the future generations of nurses. They play a huge role in strengthening the nursing…...

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