As most of you know I've worked in the hospital for my entire nursing career and recently began a faculty position. I wanted to give an update on my first week as Assistant Professor. I've been quite busy getting adjusted to my new position (checking emails, attending meetings, developing curriculum, teaching and meeting stakeholders in the community, learning the ropes of the school/facility). I was so busy that I forgot to take photos of my office. So without further a do here are some highlights from my first week!
1) Microsoft 365 is awesome! Until this week, I never had a use for it in my previous jobs in the hospital or even in my personal life. When a colleague sends an invitation for a meeting to my email address -- I can click "accept" and BAM it's on my calendar! I like the OneDrive cloud, but I still think I'd rather save everything in one place so it's portable, so I picked up a thumb drive today.
3) I LOVE having two monitors to work on. Today I had 6 documents open and it was WONDERFUL having two monitors to work on. I swear it cut my time in half. I wish I had two screens when I did all of my graduate work, it would have made those long papers and discussion posts so much easier!
4) As soon as I arrive to my office, I turn on my computer and put on Pandora and play the Beegie Adair station to set a relaxing atmosphere. Thank you Tawnya for introducing me to such a wonderful station. During our vacation to Kauai, Hawaii we listened to Beegie Adair nearly every morning before heading out to explore. During my graduate studies, I listened to this station while working on papers and assignments and found myself to be more productive when it was playing.
|LOVE this station on Pandora!|
photo credit: Pandora.com (screen shot)
5) My colleague stated her mother graduated from a diploma program and she truly believes diploma and associates programs create confident and successful RNs who can than pursue their BSN degree. To my knowledge, there are less than 70 diploma programs in the United States and my alma mater is one of them. Here is a photo of me in front of my alma mater, which goes by a different name now. Please excuse my pasty white legs!
|Photo credit: my mom|
|Beebe School of Nursing, Lewes, Delaware 05/2003|
|Wilmington College, Georgetown, Delaware 05/2007|
|University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada 12/2013|
|photo credit: Jennifer Aho|
7) This past Saturday was my first day of instruction. I had a smile on my face and thought: "This is the perfect job for me." It was only the "housekeeping" day of reviewing the syllabus, but I still felt comfortable in the classroom and I know I've found my niche. I can't wait for the official lectures and labs to begin!
8) When I left work this afternoon, I felt VERY accomplished. Last night, I researched backward curriculum design and felt much better after discussing it with my colleagues who have YEARS of experience. They were both super helpful, encouraging and positive. They even asked me to email them the resource I found online so they could share the information with other faculty. :) Now, I fell even more accomplished finishing up this blog post after a long day at work.
Please leave a comment or two. I'd love to hear your ideas for inspirational quotes I could attach to my email signature. I'd also love to hear your experiences after beginning a new career! I hope your Wednesday was as productive as mine!