Assimilation of a New Nursing Faculty Member: Reflections of a Transformative Journey

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/307879
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Assimilation of a New Nursing Faculty Member: Reflections of a Transformative Journey
Author(s):
Heintz, Phyllis A.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Xi Epsilon
Author Details:
Phyllis A. Heintz, PhD. MN, RN, pheintz@csub.edu
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Monday, November 18, 2013

The ability to make a passion one’s life’s work is a remarkable opportunity. My intent in deconstructing my experience as new faculty assimilating back into a rapidly changing healthcare environment is to provide nursing students with transformative learning experiences so they may thrive as they begin to assimilate into a chaotic healthcare environment.

Transformative learning is predicated on a disorienting experience (Mezirow, 1991). The intense demands on the nursing professionals were very dramatic and disorienting. I was fortunate to have a wise and compassionate department chair scaffolding experiences so I could adapt to my new role. By the time I escorted my third clinical rotation to the hospital, I had realizations that caused me to reflect on how to incorporate my own transformative learning experiences with two prior clinical groups. Embracing Benner’s (2010) call for radical transformation in nursing education, I engaged this third group in the “process of formation” which inspires the change in self-identity from acting as a lay person reciting clinical information to becoming a professional capable of using clinical reasoning and imagination. Reflecting this transformation, I realized other strategies were instrumental in this transformation:

  1. helping students manage the change process from acting like a nurse to becoming a nurse;
  2. expanding students’ worldview to be more comprehensive in their analysis of the patient ;
  3. providing a supportive context, engaging two of Benner’s strategies, being with students and using the wisdom of the group.

I realized that by taking students on their transformative journey, I was engaging in my own change process. My teaching transitioned to what Benner (2010) refers to as the signature pedagogy of nursing, that of situated coaching or teaching by example so students learn through practice, much as the department chair had done for me.

Keywords:
Clinical; Faculty; Transformative Learning
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAssimilation of a New Nursing Faculty Member: Reflections of a Transformative Journeyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHeintz, Phyllis A.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentXi Epsilonen_GB
dc.author.detailsPhyllis A. Heintz, PhD. MN, RN, pheintz@csub.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/307879-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Monday, November 18, 2013</p>The ability to make a passion one’s life’s work is a remarkable opportunity. My intent in deconstructing my experience as new faculty assimilating back into a rapidly changing healthcare environment is to provide nursing students with transformative learning experiences so they may thrive as they begin to assimilate into a chaotic healthcare environment. <p>Transformative learning is predicated on a disorienting experience (Mezirow, 1991). The intense demands on the nursing professionals were very dramatic and <i>disorienting</i>. I was fortunate to have a wise and compassionate department chair scaffolding experiences so I could adapt to my new role. By the time I escorted my third clinical rotation to the hospital, I had realizations that caused me to reflect on how to incorporate my own transformative learning experiences with two prior clinical groups. Embracing Benner’s (2010) call for radical transformation in nursing education, I engaged this third group in the “process of formation” which inspires the change in self-identity from <i>acting</i> as a lay person reciting clinical information to <i>becoming</i> a professional capable of using clinical reasoning and imagination. Reflecting this transformation, I realized other strategies were instrumental in this transformation: <ol> <li>helping students manage the change process from <i>acting</i> like a nurse to <i>becoming</i> a nurse;</li> <li>expanding students’ worldview to be more comprehensive in their analysis of the patient ;</li> <li>providing a supportive context, engaging two of Benner’s strategies, <i>being with</i> students and <i>using the wisdom of the group</i>.</li> </ol><p>I realized that by taking students on their transformative journey, I was engaging in my own change process. My teaching transitioned to what Benner (2010) refers to as the signature pedagogy of nursing, that of situated coaching or teaching by example so students learn through practice, much as the department chair had done for me.en_GB
dc.subjectClinicalen_GB
dc.subjectFacultyen_GB
dc.subjectTransformative Learningen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:23:30Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:23:30Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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