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Dr. Pobocik attended Hurley School of Nursing in Flint Michigan, which was a diploma nursing program. After graduation she started her nursing career as a high risk labor and delivery nurse at Hurley Medical Center. After a few years she felt it was important to obtain her B.S.N. She found a program through Ferris State University that would allow her to be part of a cohort of nurses who were all obtaining a B.S.N., and found this was a great way to reach her goal with others who had the same aspirations. After obtaining her B.S.N. she was hired as the clinical educator at Hurley Medical Center for the high risk labor and delivery, antepartum, and postpartum units. During this time she developed new educational course for nurses on these units, and was required to ensure competencies for the staff member of these units.
Many years after obtaining her B.S.N. Dr. Pobocik was give the opportunity to teach at Yavapai College in Prescott Arizona. She began teaching the Certified Nursing Assistant course, and became the coordinator of the program. After a short time she was approached by the Dean of the Nursing program and was encouraged to move into a sudden vacancy in the associate degree nursing program. This was the perfect position, because it would be teaching the Obstetrical Nursing course, but also would require her to advance her education. After researching master’s degree nursing programs she choose Northern Arizona University, where she obtained her master’s degree in nursing with a focus on rural nursing education.
These educational experiences helped Dr. Pobocik to obtain a faculty position at SNUY Plattsburgh in New York, where she currently teaches Maternal/Child Nursing, Foundations of Nursing, Nursing Research, Nursing Informatics, Theoretical Foundations of Nursing, and Health Assessment. She enjoys working with both traditional and RN-B.S.N. nursing students. During her time at SUNY Plattsburgh, she obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Nursing Education. Her dissertation interest was developing the use of an educational electronic documentation system in a traditional nursing program to prepare students for using technology in the nursing profession.
Teaching and learning in nursing is a large part of the nursing profession. Nurses are always teaching, whether in the hospital, classroom setting, or teaching an individual patient. My philosophy as an educator is that students must be inspired to learn and treated with respect. Adult learning is the focus of my philosophy; all students have experiences they bring to the classroom and clinical setting. Therefore, students can built on these existing experiences to enhance their learning. Students must understand the value of the learning, and understand how they will use their knowledge in the nursing profession.
As an educator, I feel students should be inspired to learn, the students must understand the importance of the learning-taking place. This means that students are the center of the learning environment. Students must be given the opportunity in the classroom setting to work through case studies, concept maps, and role-playing to ensure that students have an understanding of the content presented. Activities such as; role playing, concept maps and case studies help student’s build critical thinking skills they will use when caring for patients in the health care.
Pobocik, T. (2014). Using an educational electronic documentation system to help nursing students with patient accuracy. International Journal of Nursing Knowledge.
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