Brigham Young University
Faculty Center

Faculty Development Plan

Nursing [Example 3]

May 26, 2001





My goal for teaching is to be a “Master Teacher.” In the classroom, I will have a “tool box” of teaching and learning strategies that I can incorporate in my presentations to students to enhance the learning environment. I will use active learning methods instead of lecture only. Outside the classroom, I will be available to students as a mentor and guide. My “ways of being” will be loving, listening, compassionate and non-judgmental. At the same time, I will hold my students accountable to support their professional and personal growth.


         1. Continue to learn about active learning and implement strategies in the classroom based on active learning principles.

·        Attend one active learning seminar per year. XXX, 2001

·        Present a workshop once per year at nursing education conferences (In XXX 2001 I am presenting a workshop on dyadic role-playing at the OOO Institute for Nurse Educators)

·        As I plan classroom sessions, seek ways to make the material interactive with the use of dyads, small groups, role-playing, etc.


2.      Share what I learn and inspire others to seek excellence in teaching

·        Encourage discussion and sharing of ideas among faculty

·        Continue to work closely with XXX faculty as we improve the content and curriculum in our area

·        Write articles about excellent teaching for major nursing journals


      3.  Receive a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Foundations

·        Begin program Summer 2002

·        I am interested in how nurse educators are prepared to teach.  I know in Utah that a Master’s Degree in Nursing is the usual requirement, with no teaching knowledge or experience necessary. I would like to explore requirements around the country, and possibly compare student outcomes related to knowledge of teaching by professors. I am also interested in complementary healing and how, when and if it is part of nursing school curricula in the United States. So I will be looking at both of these subjects as possible topics for my doctoral dissertation.



On the college level, I would like to serve on committees that have an impact on quality teaching and curriculum development. I will be a voice for change and innovation, and a student advocate.

In the community I will serve on committees that improve the health of the community as a whole, and I will volunteer my time at health fairs and other clinics when called upon. I will also continue to volunteer my time as a Nurse Consultant to present information on head lice infestation management to schools and detention centers.

In my profession, I will be active in professional organizations that focus on advancing the image of nursing in the community while also improving the health of communities. I will encourage others to join and support these organizations. I will also be politically active on issues related to the profession and community health.



  1. Continue to serve on current committees.

·        The ad hoc subcommittee for the curriculum committee for the College of Nursing. We are working on increasing enrollment, and the curricular changes that will be necessary for implementation.

·        XXX faculty to strengthen the XXX content and clinical in the curriculum.  Revised Core for 2001-2002

·        Healthy Cities Initiative. I am currently on the XXX committee and arrange student nurses to volunteer at the WWW twice yearly 8 students at the XXX 2001 health fair

·        Utah Nurses Association Continuing education committee 

  1. Let the dean know that I am interested in serving on a teaching or curriculum committee in the College.
  2. Inform students of UNA and BYU SNA activities and encourage them to join.
  3. Join the international Association for XXX Nurse Educators (ACHNE).  Joined June 2001
  4. At the beginning of each legislative session, contact my legislators by telephone to discuss my views about issues related to nursing and community health.  Inform then that I am a community health nurse available for consultation.
  5. Complete a literature review twice yearly to stay up-to-date on the latest head lice research.
  6. Join Sigma Theta Tau (see Citizenship project).




Since I am on the Professional Track, my scholarship goals have to do with advancing quality teaching by implementing innovative teaching strategies, then sharing my experiences with other nurse educators.  The main methods of sharing would be through publishing articles in professional journals and presenting workshops and seminars at nursing conferences.

 I am currently working with WWW of the School of Family Life and XXX in the Health Education department on a funded project (Transition to Parenthood). My main goals for this project are to be mentored in research and publishing, and act as a XXX Nurse Consultant. Healthy marital relationships affect community health. I also recognize that this project may lead to other projects and opportunities to use my expertise in community health. 


  1. Write fifteen minutes daily, the same time every day.
  2. Seek mentors to improve my writing skills. I will create writing partnerships with CHN faculty and others inside and outside the College. Summer 2001:Working with XXX on a dyadic role-play article, and XXX on XXX.
  3. Involve students in scholarly projects. Nurs XXX/XXX students did community assessment for Transition to Parenthood project.
  4. Submit at least two articles for publication per year.



  1. I am willing to try something different if it has a reasonable chance of increasing learning or improving the nursing program. This often involves risk. I make suggestions during meetings with faculty that may be innovative but unpopular, in order to stimulate discussion. I try new things because I believe that educators teach best and students learn best when we recognize that change is constant and often desirable, especially in consideration of the rapid development of new technology and knowledge in this century.
  1. I continually evaluate my performance. I ask for student feedback at least at midterm and the last week of class. Formal student evaluation of my teaching has always been generally positive. I will also use other forms of evaluation, such as student evaluators from the Faculty Center, to be sure I am getting a balanced picture.
  1. I recognize the needs of adult learners and treat students like adults. I listen to them sincerely and make changes that will fit both of our needs. Students feel comfortable talking to me about their concerns in private or in front of a class. I think this is because as I teach my students to be non-judgmental and accepting toward their clients, I am developing those characteristics myself.



  1. Due to my experience in public schools, and the title of my Master’s Project, I have become an “expert” in PPP. I am called approximately four times a year to present in-service meetings at youth detention centers and preschools. I continually update my knowledge by conducting quarterly literature reviews on the subject.
  1. I have extensive experience in holistic/complementary healing modalities. I have attended many conferences and have taken and taught courses on complementary healing.  I am especially interested in dream work, energetic healing, and music therapy. Integrative Healing therapies are an important, essential tool for nurses to have in their “tool box” of interventions. I see patients as holistic and know that nurses can create healing environments as we are loving, kind, and nonjudgmental. A patient is a blending of spirit, emotion, intellect and body. Teaching Nurs XXX Winter 2002 .
  1. I use active learning in the classroom, and continue to learn more about the principles involved in active learning. I use small groups, dyads, discussions and mini-lectures, along with “hands on” activities in labs and clinicals. My classroom presentations are interesting and interactive. In addition to this, I strongly believe that as stress goes down, learning goes up, so I strive to make my classrooms and clinicals relaxed and somewhat informal.
  1. I have experience as a competent XXX Nurse. I use that experience to bring my lectures to life by using examples from my practice to teach many concepts.
  1. I have extensive teaching experience and interest in epidemiology. I continually update my knowledge of this ever-changing field. I keep students informed of recent developments in my lectures and also by posting news releases on the bulletin board. I have encouraged the CORE curriculum to be based on epidemiology principles.



  1. I tend to say, “Yes” to too many projects, and allow myself to be over-scheduled. I would like to stay at a manageable level of involvement in teaching, scholarship and citizenship, so that I have time to focus on each area, and feel that my level of quality and commitment is high but workable.
  1. I would like to feel more comfortable with the grading process, and feel that I am being fair to all of my students. I tend to be an “easy grader.” I would like to feel that the evaluation process provides an opportunity for the student to learn, and that the grade is a true reflection of learning. I need to work on holding students accountable because they will be better nurses is they take responsibility for their own actions.
  1. I have not published yet, although I have some ideas that I would like to develop, and I recognize the importance of publishing. I would like to work with the Community Health faculty in writing articles collaboratively. I would also like to take time every day to write. I am currently working with XXX of the College of Family Life on a manuscript. I have just finished final revisions on the XXX epidemiology internet module. I am planning articles on student dyads base on my workshop at the XXX conference, and also an article on integrative healing based on a proposed poster presentation for XXX. My goal is to submit two articles per year for review



As time goes on, my areas of interest will become more focused. But for now, the list includes:
    1. Epidemiology
    2. Community Health Nursing
    3. Transition to Parenthood
    4. Integrative healing
    5. Active learning
    6. Curriculum development
    7. Educational preparation of nursing school faculties




1.      Financial and scheduling support for attendance at nursing education conferences

2.      Continuing support for change in the Community Health Nursing curriculum

3.      Flexibility in my schedule to accommodate my doctoral classes


1.      Assignment to a College committee that supports quality teaching or curriculum development

2.      Research Assistant time to assist with literature reviews  


1.      Assistance (RA support, funding, etc.) in preparation of conference presentations

2.      Providing a work load that will provide time to engage in scholarly activities