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Dr. Zhan received her PhD degree from Boston College (1993), MA, USA. Dr. Zhan has been a Chief Academic Officer/Dean of Nursing near 10 years. Currently, she is the Dean and Tenured Professor at Loewen berg College of Nursing, University of Memphis, a metropolitan public research university in Tennessee, USA. In 2001 , Dr. Zhan inducted to be a Fellow of American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) for her extraordinary leadership and significant impacts in nursing. Dr. Zhan has published over 100 articles, 6 edited books, and conducted over $SM funded research. Currently, Dr. Zhan serves on the Board of Directors for tl1e American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Dr. Zhan has received numerous regional, national, and international awards for her excellence in education, scholarship, and leadership.
Rapid changes have taken place in American higher education. The public expects higher education to be academically and socially responsible and accountable. Funding for higher education especially in public universities is limited. Changed student populations reguire new ways of higher education by taking advantage of a rapidly developed technology. Students expect accessible, affordable, flexible, and high guality education so that their investment in higher education would have a good return such as a career, and/ or the ability to advance their field of studies. Higher education market is becoming highly competitive as potential students desire to select universities that add values to their inves tment. These contexts/factors influence Academic Nursing. Academic Nursing encompasses the integration of practice, education, and research within baccalaureate and graduate schools/ colleges of nursing. Faculty engaged in academic nursing demonstrate a commitment to inguiry, generate new knowledge for the discipline, connect practice with education, and lead scholarly pursuit that improve health and healthcare (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2016). In healthcare, a time of uncertainty, an increase of healthcare omplexity, a shortage of nurses and primary care physicians, and challenges of healthcare finance while aging of populations coupled with chronic illnesses need coordinated, comprehensive, and affordable care. Academic Nursing leaders have to be nimble to prepare a caring, compassion, and competent nursing workforce that meets needs of an ever-changing healthcare environment. This paper will focus on how to lead with courage and wisdom as thought leaders to inspire a shared vision, execute workable strategies, seek opportunities, build academic practice partnerships, negotiate needed resources, manage uncertainties, and sustain and advance mission and goals of cademic Nursing.
Daytona State College, USA
Dr. Rosati has completed her master’s in nursing and doctorate in education from University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. She is a full, tenured professor at Daytona State College School of Nursing in Daytona Beach, Florida. Dr. Rosati has been in nursing education for over 14 years. In 2016, she was inducted into the Academy of Nursing Education as a fellow. The academy is part of the National League for Nursing (NLN) in the USA. Dr. Rosati has conducted over 80+ national and international presentations on a wide-range of nursing education topics.
Many nurse educators embrace the classroom learning methods of the 20th century hoping they will successfully translate for a new century of learners. This phenomenon will not happen unless educators recognize we are teaching students who embrace different learning methods. Students today have information presented to them almost instantly from multiple sources. Through just a few clicks of the mouse, they can access almost any piece of information on the World Wide Web. So, how do we teach students to harness this information so it makes sense in their nursing education? Nurse educators struggle with questions such as “how can I get students to be active in their learning” and “how can I get students to see the whole picture? This is the challenge every nurse educator must address if they desire to be successful. Helping students to put the pieces of the learning puzzle together will help with student success. Classrooms and clinical areas should contain different learning styles where students can see how multiple aspects of patient care overlaps from many sources. Bringing all the pieces of education together helps students embrace the knowledge that will make them successful in practice.