For those that have been reading my blog - you know that I was working in a ICU for a rural hospital and also worked as an adjunct clinical instructor for a community college. Most also know that I am rounding out the completion of my graduate degree in nursing education. Whew! Ok - that helps me set the stage because I recently (almost 6 months now) accepted a position as a Nurse Educator for another rural hospital. The hospital never really had a nursing education department, so I was charged with the responsibility of developing this department from scratch.
In my humble opinion - how can a hospital exist without a nursing education department? For obvious reasons - I really can't go into any major detail about what happens when a hospital does not have a nursing education department. Suffice to say - bad things really do happen. Anyway, now I am charged with the responsibility of developing a fully integrated nursing education program of learning that includes the establishment of a nursing orientation, new graduate program and a program of on-going continuing education. It is very exciting, but also very overwhelming. It seems like they had no nursing education and now that they have a nurse educators, every educational need is urgent and a priority. That is the overwhelming part. The best part - being able to construct a nursing education department from the ground floor up and knowing that what you are doing is really laying an infrastructure to help nurses given patients better care. That is pretty awesome!
I will keep you informed of my journey. It should be very interesting to say the least.