I have been a Nursing (RN) Instructor for the past ten years. I love my job; it is fun and exciting and constantly evolving me as a teacher, nurse and person. I am however striving to realize my potential as an instructor; to inspire and effectively facilitate learning with my students.
When I began teaching in the RN program it was sink or swim and I swam my hardest to be a decent teacher. I was an experienced nurse having worked in a multitude of roles as an Registered Nurse (including: Emergency and Cardiac Research). I knew my role as a nurse well. The question was did I know how to teach people how to become nurses? Sure I loved nursing and teaching but could I put the two together? I learned how to teach through trial and error, peer mentorships, peer and student feedback and personal critical reflection (when I had the time to engage in these activities). I have picked up teaching strategies here and there but I have never really been taught how to be a nursing instructor. While I have grown a lot in my role as an instructor, I feel the need now to take a pause and re-evaluate. I find myself asking the questions: Why do I teach the way I do? Can I create a more meaningful experience for both the learner and myself? How can I teach from a place that is congruent with who I am as a person? I am enrolled in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program at Vancouver Community College in hopes to answer these questions to develop myself as an instructor and as an individual.
I am a mother of two beautiful children, Colten, 7 years old and Madeleine, 5 years old. They keep me busy, humble and challenge me to be a better person. I have a wonderful and devoted husband that keeps me grounded, who has taken on the incredible feat of doing a Masters in Conflict Management as he works full time as a College instructor. My family is my passion and total priority. My favourite things to do are experience nature with my family, run and read. I also have a deep passion for how the mind works and how we can use this and spirit to promote holistic health. I finished my training to be a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist over a year ago and started my own business, Transformative Self. When I am not teaching and with my family, I can be found doing this inspiring and meaningful work helping and empowering clients.