Before I started teaching nearly six years ago, I’d made a career in nursing and healthcare administration. As an RN, my specialty was newborn and neonatal nursing. While I’m still an RN, I have found my passion in teaching. As an instructor at California College San Diego, I love watching my students learn and practice new skills. It is great to see my students’ confidence build as they progress, especially in the lab classes where I get to work with the hands-on.
Many of my students are nervous when they start learning in the phlebotomy lab. That’s understandable; sticking someone with a needle is not easy if you’ve never done it before. Some students tell me about nightmares they’ve had before the first day of class! With a little practice, however, they start to get comfortable doing it, and by the end of the class they’ve mastered an important skill. It is a skill they are likely to use frequently, maybe even daily, on the job. I love being a part of that.
Now more than ever, healthcare facilities need trained professionals to help take care of patients and ensure better care for those patients. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare is one of the fastest-growing industries in the country, and there is a need for well-trained and skilled nurses. Because our degree programs are strictly career-focused, with an emphasis on innovative and real-world training, I truly feel my students graduate with the skills they need to make a difference in their chosen field.
Throughout their career, each of my students will make an important and positive impact on the lives of countless patients. Hopefully I can help give them a degree of enthusiasm for the important services they will soon provide. I also hope I can help reinforce their sense of compassion for their patients.
While they are students today, tomorrow they will help shape the future of healthcare. I’m fortunate to play a role in their development.
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