I have been a clinical educator since 2004. I currently work as an assistant Professor in the ADRN program for classroom and clinical instruction. I utilize didactic, demonstration, hands-on, interactive and student facilitated types of interaction with students to teach the content of the associate degree program requirements to the nursing students.
A typical day would be lecturing/interactive didactic activities on classroom days and working hands-on, side-by-side supporting/teaching students in the clinical field.
I have learned that no matter how long we are nurses/educators learning is lifelong. I teach and learn collaboratively with my colleagues and students daily.
I manage classrooms of students, grade book, curriculum development, SEP, 2 or more groups of clinical students in the clinical areas and work with colleagues to implement the best learning experiences for our students.
The hardest part of my job is the work of "pushing" students to be the best they can be. I work long hours with students helping them achieve the goals/accomplishments. Students feel the "push" and have informed me that I expect to much but by the middle of the rotations I have students thanking me for "pushing " them to be the "best they can be." I take a lot of pride in this as my students fair very well.
My most enjoyable part of my job is 2 things--1. Being with and working daily with students watching them grow first hand; 2. Seeing the student begin in fundamentals, work through medical/surgical nursing and pedi/maternity nursing and then seeing the joy and forever glow of their accomplishments. I am so proud to be there for them all along the way.