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Get to Know Tatiana Isaeff, EdD, RN Professor of Nursing College of San Mateo San Mateo, Calif.

June 2008

Get to Know Tatiana Isaeff, EdD, RN Professor of Nursing at the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, Calif.

Q:  Why did you decide to become a nurse educator? 

A:  I enjoy "seeing the light go on" and helping students make the conceptual link from theory to practice.

Q:  What resources do you incorporate into your teaching curriculum?

A:  The diversity of nursing roles, practice settings, cultural influences and aspects of the multidisciplinary team make it a challenge to breathe life into a nursing course. When I received recruitment materials from Johnson & Johnson and previewed the nurse recruitment video, I realized how authentic and inspiring the message was. These resources succinctly express the heart, soul and spirit of nursing that I experience in my role as a professional nurse.

Q:  How do you motivate and inspire your students to persist in their nursing studies?

A:  I present a challenge to each student on the first day of my ‘Careers in Nursing’ course. I hand each of them their own Johnson & Johnson “We Dare to Care” nursing pin and say, “This will be your first nursing pin. I ask that you bring me back your first nursing pin when you secure your RN pin. Upon returning your first pin, you will then be able to say “I am a nurse.”

Q:  What do you enjoy most about the nursing profession?

A:  It is the "realness", the science of humanity. It is using one's talents and making the world a better place with better outcomes, one person or one family at a time. It is to help the student see that at that moment it is "all about the patient". I am so joyful when students get to experience this too.

Q: How has nursing impacted your life? 

A:  Nursing is a healing art and a science.  I am always so amazed at how courageous and strong people are.  I have seen so many people care. 


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