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Dr. Jeanette Plodek, Assistant Professor

"My personal philosophy of teaching focuses on teaching students to reach beyond just learning facts and responses to actually incorporate assessment, facts, and evaluations into evidence-based patient care based on the client’s unique needs, not a textbook."

Degrees Held:

  • PhD in Philosophy of Human Science with a concentration in Integrative Health Studies – Saybrook University, 2011
  • MSN Clinical Specialist Holistic Nursing – College of New Rochelle, 2000
  • BSN – Florida Atlantic University, 1992

Career Highlights:

Since 2000, I have been involved in teaching nursing students in many different courses and locations. I have been involved with teaching Traditional seniors, Accelerated Nursing students, and Career Mobility students. I have also taught online Master courses for the University of Oklahoma and the University of Phoenix.

From 2000-2011, as summer adjunct, I also taught RN-BSN course for the University of New England in Israel. I taught in Haifa, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv, where the classes consisted of multi-cultural students from multiple regions, countries, and religions. Since 2013, I have also been an adjunct instructor in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, where I teach Research Methods and Scholarly Inquiry I & II.

Links to share:

One of nursing's greats needs is teaching. The basic needs our patients have is understanding the foreign language and culture of healthcare.

Let's start at the first step--teaching patients: IOM Health Literacy Video

In which online program do you teach?

RN to BSN

Which classes do you teach online?

University of West Florida, where I am Lead Faculty for the RN-BSN courses Transitions, Nursing Systems Management, and Health Education in the Community, as well as instructor for the online Holistic Healthcare course. Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, where I teach Research Methods and Scholarly Inquiry I & II.

What do you want students to learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

My expectations are summarized in my teaching philosophy. My personal philosophy of teaching focuses on teaching students to reach beyond just learning facts and responses to actually incorporate assessment, facts, and evaluations into evidence-based patient care based on the client's unique needs, not a textbook. Through modeling, I teach students to examine what and how they practice and to be able to defend their “nursing calls” through the use of current research.

I practice a teaching and modeling a style of nursing based on a holistic approach not only for patient care but also care of self on a continuum, not just the here and now.

I expect students to grow beyond where they started and to integrate the knowledge acquired to expand not only their own healthcare practice and patient care, but also to increase their own self-care and confidence to become the change agents needed!

This quotes sums up my philosophy of teaching: “We must teach for the future. This means teaching to find rather than to know; question rather than answer; achieve rather than accomplish; inspire rather than inform.” (Patricia Flatley Brennan)

Why did you start teaching?

After witnessing lack of support for nursing staff and multiple events of ineffective patient care, I decided that teaching was a way of empowering nurses and thus improving patient care.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?

To follow my heart and passion, to view obstacles as opportunities, and remember this is a path so each event is some measure of success.

What's the best advice you could give to online students?

The best advice to remember, everything that happens helps to make one stronger and wiser. And this wisdom will make the differences in hundreds of thousands of lives. Be as self-loving as one is to others. Take time to enjoy each moment, each event, and each person who enters one's life.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

Having a compassionate heart, being an authentic listener, and having the insight to see the possibilities instead of just the barriers or problems help nurses become the leaders and care givers our patients need.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?

Defining nursing and expanding for more authority and opportunities to provide total patient care, such as expanding the nurse practitioner role in caring for patients with chronic illnesses.

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