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Ivo A.

Earlysville, VA

Personal Information

  • Specialty

    Nurse Educator
  • Degree

    RN
    PHD

Q: When did you decide to pursue nursing as a career and why?A: I entered college with an interest in mental health and started out pursuing a degree in special education.Through the influence of friends who were in nursing school, I decided to redirect my focus and explore the nursing profession. My friends helped me recognize the many male role models in hospitals and in nursing schools in Belgium, as well as the career trajectory for more men joining the nursing profession. This was appealing to me and validated my decision to enter nursing school to become a nurse.Q: What inspired you to become a nurse educator and transfer your knowledge to the next generation of nurses?A: The education model was a natural fit for me, as my parents were both professors. They encouraged me to study as long as I possibly could and so after completing my undergraduate degree, I considered graduate school in the United States. At this time, the nurse educator profile started evolving and the U.S. nursing shortage began to worsen. This challenge coupled with the lingering stereotypes of men in nursing made me think there was significant educating to do on many fronts. Therefore, I changed my perspective from becoming an advanced clinician and pursued the course of becoming a nurse educator.Q: What advice would you offer to individuals interested in becoming a nurse educator?A: There is so much left to be discovered and conveyed in nursing education, so think creatively. Reach out and build relationships with other disciplines because these domains can offer an invaluable enrichment to nursing curriculum and the discovery of new knowledge. Bring nursing to other disciplines, so we can all learn about how to best care for patients - and educate the practitioners of the future. We don't deliver nursing care in isolation, so we shouldn't act alone in the educational setting. Step out of "just nursing" into partnerships across the spectrum of healthcare. Carve out your domain of expertise for all to see and rely upon.Q: As a nurse educator, how do you serve in the mentor capacity?A: Mentoring is a natural part of teaching, as educators share their mind to foster the intellect and skills of others. As educators, we are continuously working in the mentor capacity to bring students to the next level of understanding. Through personal and professional development, we inevitably help emerging clinicians feel confident in what they're doing. Often mentoring is understood as only 1:1 - and that is an important part. More important, though, is for faculty and clinicians to create environments for learning and development. You can learn much from one person, but you can learn a lot more in an environment of many diverse people.Q: How has nursing impacted your life?A: This profession is extremely rewarding. I am able to bring knowledge to students in a way they can trust and adopt in a field with perpetual innovation in teaching models and approaches. So much is being discovered and so much is left to be discovered about how we can teach and prepare the next generation of nurses. The rewards come in many ways - seeing students mature, clinicians mature, and colleagues from other disciplines gain greater respect for the nursing profession.


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