By Janice Petrella Lynch, MSN, RN
When I graduated from the school of nursing at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., I had no idea where my journey would take me. All I knew was that I loved nursing and wherever it brought me, I would be helping others.
Over the years, I taught in undergraduate nursing programs while practicing at a local hospital near my home. It was a great combination – clinical practice and education – and I knew it was the right one for me.
When I received a grant to earn my master’s degree in nursing education at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, I was delighted, and the experience made me even more passionate about nursing.
I have always had a love of learning, and as a professor I learned something new every day. I found joy and reward in sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for learning with my students, and I saw an enthusiasm in them that was both energizing and uplifting.
Today, as Nurse.com’s nurse editor, I am still a nurse educator. My job as editor is to help you learn more about the profession by bringing the latest news and information on nursing practice, research endeavors and educational advancements. When you write to tell us that something we’ve published has supported you in a practice situation or education role, provided you with a useful or enriching CE program, or encouraged you to pursue an advanced degree, you motivate us to continue. And yes, I still learn something new every day.
In Nurse.com’s new blog, I’ll be covering nursing education from a variety of perspectives, and that’s where you come in. I want to hear from you, I want to learn from you and I want to help other nurses learn from your experiences.
What are some education topics you’re interested in? What challenges are you facing in your practice? Are you considering a career move, or have you been asked to serve as a mentor or preceptor to a student or a new hire? Perhaps you’re thinking about returning to school, but don’t know where to start. I would like to help you with some of the answers to these and other questions.
I look forward to hearing about your experiences, and I welcome your comments and suggestions. Let’s get started, and let’s learn from one another.
Janice Petrella Lynch, MSN, RN, is Nurse.com’s nurse editor and nurse executive. Her blog posts on nursing education will publish on Fridays. Also a nursing educator, she has held faculty positions at Wagner College, Skidmore College, Molloy College and Adelphi University. Jan is a member of the New York Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Greater New York Nassau-Suffolk Organization of Nurse Executives. She shares her editorial and writing expertise with nurses at writing workshops; attends and covers nursing events and trade shows; and helps manage the annual Nurse.com GEM Awards program. To ask Jan a question, email [email protected]