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Deborah Boyer, MSN/Ed., RN 101 Woodland Drive Oil City, Pa. 16301 (814) 677-4412 [1][email protected] Dear Sir or Madam: I am writing to apply for a position of online nurse educator. Online universities have become fast-moving educational institutions that have pioneered the ability to facilitate cognitive and affective student learning knowledge, and promote the use of that knowledge in the student's workplace. As a recent graduate of the University of Phoenix with significant experience in the field of nursing, I bring the energy and commitment to excellence necessary to thrive in the online nursing educational environment. I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees through the online learning environment and feel confident and competent to teach in the online environment. As a nurse whose experience has spanned 33 years, I am a seasoned professional who recognizes the need to encourage a student's critical thinking and decision-making abilities by expanding evidence-based research and nursing theory in a student's professional capacity. I embrace evidence-based research and nursing theory in my own practice and believe in the need for lifelong learning. These strengths, combined with my nursing experience, prepare me to make a strong and immediate impact as a member of the nursing faculty. My experiences in clinical nursing range from in-hospital nursing with experience in ICU, Med/Surg, pediatrics, post-op, to office nurse and community nursing. I feel my experiences and education have made me competent to assist the next generation of nurses to tackle the problems that patients and families face today. My practicum involved curriculum development for a local Catholic high school to assist students to transition emotionally and academically from high school to the college environment. The high school has used this curriculum since its development. I also understand the need to update and revise nursing curriculum to stay current with changing trends. I would be proud to be a faculty member in the online nursing learning environment and uphold the mission, vision, and philosophy of your university as it moves forward to teach the next generation of nursing professionals. I respectfully ask that you give me a chance to prove myself and my teaching abilities. Thank you for your time and consideration and I am available for an interview at your earliest convenience by telephone. Deborah Boyer, MSN/Ed.. RN Professional Resume Deborah Boyer

101 Woodland Drive Oil City, Pa. 16301 (814) 677-4412 (H) (814) 673-4719 (C) [2][email protected] Professional Objective: To be gainfully employed as a nurse educator in the online environment, and make a positive difference in educating future nurses, and encourage lifelong learning among students and myself. Skills: Very competent in critical care areas, emergency situations, post-op and recovery, medical surgical, ICU, office and community nursing. Broad understanding of nursing theory and its importance to nursing practice. Uses nursing research to validate evidence-based practice. Great communication skills both in person and through writing, and competent with conflict resolution. Competent with computer technology, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Since graduation, I have successfully mentored several graduate students through their practicum projects. Education: Graduate School: University of Phoenix Degree: MSN/Ed Graduated September 2009 Major: Nursing GPA 3.9 College: Penn State University Undergraduate Degree: BSN Graduated: May 2008 Major: Nursing Nursing School: Sharon General School of Nursing Degree: Diploma Graduated: May 1977 Major: Nursing Work Experience: 1. Full-time private in-home nurse 2003-present for a client with multiple health problems 2. Family Practice of Dr. Walter E. Boyer, Oil City, Pa. 16301- Job title- Office Nurse/Office Manager 1980-1994. Responsible for

patient teaching, hospitalizations, in prescriptions, insurance claims,

nurse Liaison- phone patients after discuss test results, help with referrals, call supervise ancillary staff, supervise billing and and supervise day-to-day operations. Professional Resume

Deborah Boyer 101 Woodland Drive Oil City, Pa. 16301 (814) 677-4412 (H) (814) 673-4719 (C) [3][email protected] Work Experience: 3. Oil City Area Health Center, Oil City, Pa. 16301 (1977-1987) Job Title- Staff Nurse- Relief Charge Nurse Provide direct patient care and patient teaching in ICU, Med-Surg, Pediatrics, and Post-op Relief Charge nurse duties, staffing, and supervising patient care plans. Oriented new staff nurses, supervised procedures, observe giving meds, and teach them to be autonomous members of the nursing staff. Professional Memberships: National League of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Beta Tau, Penn State chapter Pennsylvania Medical Society Auxiliary RN License: Licensed to practice nursing in Pennsylvania, license # PA-222689-L. License in good standing through October 2011. I am willing to obtain an out of state license at my own expense. Professional Achievements: Present educational programs to young mothers and expectant mothers at the local literacy council. Designed curriculum for Venango Catholic high school to help students transition from high school to college promoting healthy behaviors and learning to make good decisions. The curriculum is now permanently used at the school. Mentoring grad students through practicum experiences Mentored students in the BSN program in the research class (successfully) Future Achievements:

Plan to obtain a PhD in nursing within the next five years Plan to become a certified nurse educator within one year Author two papers References: Connie Casente, PhD, RN, University of [4]Phoenix [email protected] Cindy Guers, RN, MSN, University of Phoenix [5][email protected] Kathleen Mastrian, RN, PhD. Penn State University [6][email protected] Sheila Rucki, RN, MSN, CNRN, University of Phoenix [7][email protected] Holly Stenerson, RN, MSN University of Phoenix [8][email protected] These are professional references from instructors- character references are available if requested. Teaching Philosophy for Deborah Boyer, MSN/Ed., RN Dear Sir or Madam: This letter will describe my philosophy of teaching, my desire to become an online nursing instructor, and my reasons for wanting to be a nurse educator. Nurses are the front-line healthcare providers, and therefore often the first to view the client and or family members, and the healthcare problems presented. Nurses must possess critical thinking skills in order to apply skillful reasoning as a guide to practice. Nursing educators must help novice nurses learn to think like a nurse and learn to base their decisions based on evidence-based research by teaching the skills of nursing concepts and theories. The next step for the nurse educator is to assist students to develop their intellectual capacities and become self-directed, disciplined, critical thinkers. Learning strategies, especially in the online environment can include a plethora of activities to hone critical thinking skills. These strategies can include concept mapping to increase cognitive abilities to connect important details, or case studies and carefully worded questions to ascertain a student's ability to work through problems in a logical manner. PowerPoint presentations allow students to show evidence of learning material and creative thinking. Having students work together as a group or in teams teaches students to appreciate cultural diversity and avoid bias. Nurse educators should encompass the nursing process throughout the learning process because the nursing process will be integral to the care of each patient a student encounters: assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. As a nurse educator, I would consistently question the who, what, and why of the nursing process to stimulate critical thinking and foster great classroom discussions between the students and myself through the discussion links. Written tests provide

evidence of learning through essays, multiple choice and true/false questions. Most important, by offering students a variety of teaching strategies, I can ensure that the students have an equal opportunity to learn. I would make myself available to my students through email or phone for questions, advice, or to assist with problem-solving. Nurses must become patient advocates, not only in the workplace, but in the community. Nurses must strive for lifelong learning, and now, more than ever, nurses must become involved in politics with regards to healthcare policies on the local, state, and federal level to ensure patient safety for the coming years and protect the nursing profession and the patients they care for. I decided to further my education because I have a responsibility to my profession and to my community. The nursing shortage prompted me to seek a master's degree in nursing science with specialization in healthcare education because I realized the need to pay-it-forward to a profession that has afforded me much joy and satisfaction. My desire is to pass on my passion, knowledge, and critical thinking skills to future students. I also realize my need to continue learning and intend to pursue a doctorate in nursing within the next five years. I am very interested in becoming a faculty member of your university's nursing department. I know I would be an asset to your nursing program because I possess the enthusiasm, the energy to teach, a working knowledge of the nursing process, and I am a very competent nurse. I can be reached at (814) - 677-4412 or (814) 673-4719(c), or [email protected] Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Deborah Boyer, MSN/Ed., RN 8/20/10 3 References 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. mailto:[email protected] mailto:[email protected] mailto:[email protected] mailto:Phoenix mailto:[email protected] mailto:[email protected] mailto:[email protected] mailto:[email protected]

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