MSJC instructor awarded "Nurse Educator with the Nurse's Touch" by ATI

September 12, 2014

RaeleneBrooks2014sm.jpgThird Annual “Nurse Educator with the Nurse’s Touch” Award Recipients Announced
Mt. San Jacinto’s Raelene Brooks honored for advancing professionalism, leadership, and communication skills among nursing students 

Leawood, Kan., September 9, 2014 – There once was a class of newly graduated nurses with special gifts. They anticipated patients’ needs before they asked, put worried parents at ease, painlessly started IVs, and patiently answered countless questions from an overwhelmed patient. They were highly respected by their co-workers, managers and patients. They all had what some call “the nurse’s touch”. 

They did not learn these skills in a textbook or a PowerPoint presentation. They learned them from an exceptional nurse educator. An educator like Raelene Brooks, director of nursing at Mt. San Jacinto College. Brooks was recently recognized by ATI Nursing Education as one of four “Nurse Educators with the Nurse’s Touch,” an award that recognizes nurse educators who excel at preparing their students for the full spectrum of challenges that await them in practice. 

In a sea of nominations, Brooks impressed the judges with her integration of professional and interpersonal skills into her nursing practice and the education of students. These skills include teaching nursing students how to stay healthy, manage work-related stress, act as a patient advocate, convey professional behaviors and attitudes, use nursing informatics and technology, and function as a leader of the healthcare team. 

Brooks teaches these concepts by making herself an example. According to her nominator, “Brooks is a strong, effective professional nurse leader in the local, state and national nursing arena. She subscribes to a model of servant leadership which serves the needs of others, is grounded in ethical and moral commitment and reflects her standards of personal and professional integrity. In her roles as teacher, director and student she beautifully and humbly reflects professional and effective nursing.” Brooks is credited as becoming a “transformational leader who will enrich our discipline and our practice” through her teaching. 

To honor her commitment to incorporating professionalism and interpersonal skills into her curriculum, Brooks will receive Nurse’s Touch™ for one year. Nurse’s Touch is a unique product that uses video simulation to teach professional and interpersonal skills. 

Brooks also receives a complimentary registration for the 2015 ATI National Nurse Educator Summit in San Diego, California. The Summit is a four day professional development conference featuring hundreds of nurse educators from across the country. She will receive free registration, room and board, and a $500 travel voucher. 

“Nurses require a special set of skills to provide safe, quality nursing care, and this includes interpersonal skills like communication, professionalism, and leadership,” said Sheryl Sommer, vice president of Faculty and Institution Services at ATI Nursing Education. “Nursing programs have limited time and resources which mean these curriculum areas are not always a top priority in the classroom. We want to raise awareness of this need and celebrate educators who incorporate professional and interpersonal skills into their teaching to help develop future nurses so they are prepared for the on-the-job demands and are positioned to lead within healthcare teams.” Thank you, Raelene Brooks. You exemplify what it means to have “the nurse’s touch.” 

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