Brigham Young University
Faculty Center

Faculty Development Plan
Nursing
1998

Teaching Philosophy:

I believe that teaching is a commitment to assist students in their quest for an education that will support success in their careers and their everyday lives in the world. Teaching has the responsibility to achieve an outcome, a measure of effort and the mastery of certain skills and knowledge. Teaching is providing opportunities to strengthen both the teacher's and student's capacity for reasoning and conscious decision making. Teaching must occur in a holistic manner, considering individual learning styles and time; thus recognizing that learning is shaped by personal experiences. This thought emphasizes that learning is student centered and student controlled. As a teacher I need to identify, develop, test, implement, and assess various strategies to improve the quality of teaching, which hopefully results in improved quality learning. The learning environment must be cooperative, collaborative, and supportive. An outcome of good teaching is a graduate who is able to contribute to society with an open mind and heart as a citizen in the community, leaving an impression of perspective, motivation, academic skill, and intellectual honesty.

Role of the Teacher:

It is the responsibility of the teacher to create environments and experiences that bring students to discover and construct knowledge for themselves. My role is to develop communities of learners that are able to make personal discoveries and achieve success physically, spiritually, academically, and socially. In developing communities of learning I view my role as advocate, to design learning strategies, which will encourage questions to emerge inside the learner, thus empowering the student. Assisting students to embrace this type of learning is a challenge for me particularly, as the opportunity to utilize this method presents itself in many complex situations and circumstances. Another facet of teaching is the role of mentor, who is able to encourage, give prompt feedback, share and respond to ideas, and establish a common understanding of goals. A mentor who is able to accomplish these goals is able to promote integration of new knowledge and mastery of concepts. A true mentor supports and permits students to explore, examine, and make discoveries. By nurturing and sustaining the students I hope to help them understand that they can succeed. I feel that an integral part of nurturing the student is having high expectations of academic rigor and discipline for both the student and for myself, a commitment to excellence.

Part of nurturing the student, and an integral component in supporting achievement of high expectations, requires connecting faculty and student together. A good faculty-student relationship permits engaging in activities and discussions where a sense of shared purpose and acceptance can be created and a trusting relationship built. This means being available, knowing students by name, being open for discussions of all types of topics, and encouraging/pushing the student to achieve the potential they have. To achieve excellence in teaching I must consistently, continuously, and with collaboration assess my personal strengths and weaknesses as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the courses I teach. I feel that the evaluative process must integrate various methods and strategies to assess student, course, program, and personal outcomes. I believe that charity and clarity of judgement is required when in the evaluative role. Being able to establish and cornmunicate what is known and not known, to analyze and reflect upon what is learned, to assist students in learning to identify strengths and weaknesses, to clarify expectations, and to develop strategies for reaching goals needs to occur with purposeful and thoughtful action. As part of the ongoing process of evaluation it is important to me that each succeeding class learns more than the prior one.

As a teacher I feel strongly that it is essential to support the mission and aims of the College of Nursing and the University. It is important that appropriate utilization of resources, including time, contributing to the body of knowledge of the profession, and sustaining college leaders are integral to my role of teacher.

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Teaching Goals and Plans for Achievement 1998-2001


 

Goal: Plan:
Teach by the Spirit. Utilize prayer while preparing for class or contact with students, use prayer or song in class as appropriate.
Continue to develop the "partnership" relationship with clinical agencies. Continue participation in "Healing Web," meet on a bi-monthly basis with preceptors who are working with students, seek out input from other staff members, participate in UONE.
Maintain or increase knowledge level of current health care issues and trends. Attend workshops on educational issues and/or health care issues which would provide a foundation for Capstone, Nursing 180, and support research efforts.
To improve the Nursing 180 class so that it provides adequate information for students to consider nursing as a career. Revise course to include more on informatics, provide a means of seeing what nursing does in "real life", continue to integrate spirituality in the classroom setting.
To continue to improve teaching in the classroom setting and in the clinical setting. To utilize at least two new teaching strategies in the classroom. Assess effectiveness of board game development, poster presentations, SLS.
Continue to improve Capstone; the syllabus, content of course, faculty-student relationships. Evaluate Capstone for continuity, clarity, and consistency (including number of hours and expectations).

Develop an evaluation form to evaluate Capstone's outcomes at the end of the course and six months upon completion.

Focus on student outcomes during the course and support life-long learning.

Assess appropriateness of assignments for relevancy.

Provide a caring environment for students.

Update and modify the clinical evaluation tools being used by preceptors.

To assist students in developing reflection in written and oral communications. Provide clear comments for each student's reflective journaling. Meet with students on an individual basis for oral discussion of reflective journals and experiences.
To provide students with current information and strategies so that they are able to accomplish personal goals. Attend seminars on teaching and on clinically relevant topics. Discuss ideas with other faculty members. Review current literature.
Continue to develop faculty relationships among Capstone peers and others. Share evaluation data with Capstone faculty and College of Nursing faculty. Continue to support other members of the Capstone faculty.

Citizenship Philosophy:

In reflecting upon citizenship I believe that it involves being part of and contributing to the communities within which I live and work. I feel that it is important to support a community in which individuals feel a sense of belonging, trust, commitment, and accountability. To develop this kind of community requires members to demonstrate respect for all people, to recognize and value diversity, acknowledge a commitment to fulfill obligations and responsibilities, exchange ideas and practice, and to collaborate to further establish aims and principles. I wish to be the kind of person who wishes for something better and tries to create it.

As an active member of the College of Nursing and Brigham Young University I feel it is important to participate in activities to strengthen the aims and achieve the goals of the college and of the university, "to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life". In order to assist students and peers in this quest I feel that I must set an example of integrity, modesty, self-control, service, compassion, and industry. As I am not perfect, I will seek out ways to continue to develop character traits that will increase my understanding of how I can contribute to the university and the College of Nursing. I want to act in a meaningful role in my communities, to help maintain and strengthen my home, the church, the College of Nursing and the University.

As I contemplate my philosophy I feel that the following activities are important ways that can assist in developing my citizenship. First, to sustain the "Aims" of the University, to support the work of the Lord and to contribute to the Spirit that exists on the campus of Brigham Young University. I believe that in my stewardship role it is essential to show respect for, be concerned about, and serve my fellow human beings: students, faculty, and others. Integral to the fulfillment of my stewardship role I feel it important to act honestly, with integrity, in all activities. I expect my students to exhibit moral character, academic integrity, and commitment to the aims of BYU in all situations. This expectation requires that I exhibit faith, act in a compassionate manner, and treat others with dignity and fairness. Only acting in this way can I encourage students to understand, to develop perspective, and become motivated for personal progression.

Second, to participate in strengthening and improving the University and the College of Nursing. It is important to actively participate in the life of the university, to attend convocation, devotionals, college meetings, and campus wide offerings. Other activities include contributing to and being accountable for committee assignments, engaging in discussions with colleagues in nursing and among other disciplines, mentoring new faculty, and consulting with students. An important part of strengthening the College requires collaborative evaluation of the College, to identify areas that can be improved and to develop plans for achieving the goals and program outcomes that have been identified. I feel that an essential way to support the College of Nursing is to be the best teacher possible, to influence students in leading them to seek the best within them.

Third, to contribute to the building of a community of nursing scholars. A key component to building a community of scholars is sharing new knowledge, application and/or integration of previous knowledge, new ideas and insight gained with colleagues. This can be accomplished by formal presentation of information and/or by publication. An integral part of being a scholar is the ability to maintain an open, inquiring, reflective mind and to be ready for life-long learning opportunities. Being a life-long learner is essential in maintaining expertise, practicing, and teaching.

Fourth, "enter to learn, go forth to serve". An important aspect of citizenship is providing service and leadership for professional associations, community groups, and in fulfilling church assignments. A service ethic is a demonstration of an allegiance to higher values rather than self-interest and worldliness. There is greater influence in standing together for a good cause than in seeking personal favor. Participating as a member of professional organizations allows exchange of ideas, affirms commitment to the profession, provides for sharing of skills and expertise, and promotes progression. To quote Florence Nightingale, "Let us be anxious to do well, not for selfish praise, but to honor and advance the cause, the work we have taken up. Let us value our training (education) not as it makes us cleverer or superior to others, but inasmuch as it enable us to be more useful and helpful to our fellow creature, the sick (communities), who most want our help. Let it be our ambition to be thorough good women, good nurses, and never let us be ashamed of the name of 'nurse'."

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Citizenship Goals and Plans for Achievement 1998-2001


 

Goals: Plans:
Develop collegial relationships with members of disciplines outside of nursing. Join Faculty Women's Association.

Contact faculty in other disciplines to discuss current interests for research and scholarly creativity.

Develop scholarly activity so that I share with colleagues the work of Capstone and other ideas. Continue to work with XXX and XXX on critical thinking.

Publish and present our work.

Complete and submit article on Capstone outcomes for publication in Nurse Educator.

Continue to develop relationships between nursing education (faculty and students) and clinical settings. Make monthly contact with preceptors.

Complete yearly evaluation of experiences and communicate results.

Work on refining evaluations of students that are completed by preceptors.

Continue to increase cohesiveness of Capstone faculty team. Support personal efforts of other faculty members to achieve professional and scholarly goals. Collaborate in developing course portfolio.
Continue to support College of Nursing and nursing faculty. Attend faculty meetings. Fulfill obligations and committee assignments with a positive attitude.
Continue to role model professional behaviors. Maintain membership in professional organizations.

Fulfill assignments that are given.

Attend workshops and seminars to maintain currency.

Be available for students.

Be supportive to new faculty.

Continue to work on teaching skills and in making courses relevant.

Maintain BYU's high standards. Maintain church activity, accept committee assignments, attend university, college, and professional meetings, volunteer for responsibilites.

Scholarship Philosophy:

I believe that scholarship and practice (teaching or clinical) are interdependent, compatible, and reciprocal. Scholarship is an essential part of the disciplines of nursing and nursing education; it both informs and forms the disciplines. The rapid changes taking place in our world today require that we develop a habit of constant life-long learning. Scholarship involves discovering new knowledge, discovering how to utilize current knowledge in different ways, integrating these discoveries and applying them to practice, whether that is in the clinical setting or in teaching. Scholarship can provide tools and knowledge for improving nursing practice and can challenge old ways of thinking and doing. Scholarship is the ability to think, communicate, provide perspective, and learn.

Scholarship is closely tied to teaching, educating the teacher and challenging traditions. As teaching is dynamic, the teacher must always be committed to be a learner. This requires the teacher to develop strategies to facilitate transforming new knowledge and application of that knowledge in the classroom and clinical settings. Participating in scholarly work provides opportunities for the teacher to accomplish this. The teacher who is involved in scholarly activity may utilize these activities to stimulate active learning and encourage students to be critical, reflective, creative thinkers. Scholarly work should support the teacher's role not detract from it.

I believe that the quality of scholarly work is very important and can be demonstrated in different ways, such as publishing and presenting at workshops. Through these one can share with colleagues knowledge, insight, and questions that have been discovered. Sharing scholarly ideas with colleagues permits the teacher to stay intellectually alert and to maintain a practice that is mindful of current skills and knowledge. In fulfilling my citizenship role I feel it important to work toward achieving a scholarly community.

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Scholarship Goals and Plans for Achievement 1998-2001


 

Goals: Plans:
To have an article published by February 1999. Have revisions made and article submitted by July 1998.

Outline an article on student's perceptions of nursing prior to being admitted to a nursing program by September 1998.

To develop a well-defined research agenda. Review ideas for research with mentor.

Schedule time on a weekly basis for reading and writing for scholarly purpose.

To be actively involved in a research project by December 1998. Continue to work with XXX and XXX on critical thinking research.

To begin work with XXX and XXX on research project evaluating learning and teaching styles and identifying methods which faculty utilize in teaching and evaluating critical thinking by December 1998.

Relationship Between Individual Goals and the Department and University Aspirations and Needs:

The College of Nursing is continually aspiring to maintain and improve the quality of the nursing program. To support these goals the following strategies are important:

Resources Needed:

1. Teaching assistant for Nursing 180.
2. Research assistant for critical thinking research.
3. Opportunity to attend teaching and other seminars.
4. Opportunity to contribute to committee efforts.