From A Nurse to a Lecturer
Academic Lecturer Vision
On the first day of my review class, I met this reviewer for the first time and I was impressed on how he made such a complicated subject sound so easy. Learning has never been easier when lecturers are doing what nursing review lecturers are doing. And for the first time in my life, I realized hospital job is never for me because I can feel it I’ll be a lecturer someday.
I successfully passed the licensure examination for nurses and continue on working in the hospital. However, an opportunity on working as a clinical instructor/lecturer came and without any hesitation brought myself in for an interview. I was asked for a teaching demonstration and successfully got hired. During that time I was taking up Master’s in Nursing classes every weekend.
Halfway before completing the Master’s in nursing program, another opportunity came. This time, it’s the entry level for the job I’ve always wanted. I went to the review center and was hired part-time to rationalize NLE questions given by their resident lecturer.
Later on, as I completed my Master’s degree program, I got the subject lecturer position while at the same time teaching in a nursing school. With the job I have today, I combine the leanings from nursing school, research from those lecturing years and insight from actual clinical experience. Although I’m pretty convinced I’m happy with my achievement, I still am pursuing on making a big leap in my nursing career.
Tips for New Nurses
For new nurses, figure out what you want. Take every opportunity as a chance to learn more and improve your craft. Everything that happened in our lives, every opportunity that comes in knocking your doors is there to hone your level of expertise.
Everyone wants to get rich. That is a general fact. But to be able to work well and enjoy your career you should also consider your interest. That is, knowing your place in the field. Take my experience for instance. I am physically weak and assigning me on night shifts would result to prolonged episodes of flu. So hospital work is not quite fit for me. But I can still function as a nurse. I can still render nursing services but in the academic flied.
Another important thing to consider is learning from other nurses or those who are in position above you. Your co-nurses, whatever their personality is, can teach you some thing. Working with doctors widens insight and practical learning. Always remember that the best way to learn is to expand your network! Don’t isolate yourself from other members of the health care team otherwise you’d end up inflexible and unsuccessful. But of course never expect to learn everything overnight. Learning is a lifelong process. Matter of fact, there were even times that you have to relearn things.
In summary I would say nursing means one thing to me LEARNING. And this means understanding the concepts of caring for the sick, knowing your limitations, teaching others, pursuing your dreams and landing the job that you ever wanted.
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