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.