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Blog Post

By: Jersey College // March 25, 2015

From Student to Mentor, One Instructor’s Tale

Instructor - Mark Dufresne, MHA, RN

I matriculated at The Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing in Worcester, Massachusetts some 3 decades ago.  Feeling like a “male” stranger in a strange land with my white shirt, black tie, white lab coat, white belt, white socks, white shoes and nervous pale smile.  At his time we did not call it nursing education, we (students and nurses) all called it “Training.”  We trained and were trained to function in the hospital environment. We learned to be professional by the example set by instructors, and we had better know the “why” of anything we did lest we be called out in front of our peers as being a wasted uniform.  It was a self-driven, self-motivated enclosed society.  I, and all my classmates, survived.  We survived with some tears, much anxiety, and a whole lot of confidence in the new direction our lives were taking.

I have always attributed my success to the mentors I have had on the way:  Mrs. Alice Bartlett, RN my first year instructor who cajoled each student to “act like a nurse” but provided a motherly shoulder to cry on when needed:  Mrs. Breen RN, second year and specialty instructor who raised the bar and insisted we all could leap over any bar she placed in front of us; Mrs. Thomas RN who told us to “act like a nurse” and saw us through third year and graduation and insisted anyone who passed her would ace the boards (we did);  and lastly, Edith Harrigan RN,  charge nurse on my first day as a nurse which was also my first day as an Emergency Department  nurse.  All of these woman created an environment of hope, hope that I would one day be half as good as any of my nursing advisors.

After more than three decades as a clinical nurse in the Emergency Department I came to Jersey College when it was still a relatively new school in Tampa.  I really was concerned about leaving the clinical environment where I excelled at meeting the needs of my patients, on what was for many of them, the worst day of their lives.  I lived the dream that I had when I first aspired to be a nurse and felt that I still had a lot to give and yet, still had a lot to learn.

Nursing education (not training) is not an isolated endeavor.  I teach, but for the students to be successful, teaching and learning have to be amalgamated into a single unit, a single experience. The teacher is both the guide and the “cheerleader,” and the student is the dynamo that drives the direction and pace of the metamorphosis from student to nurse.  Jersey College facilitates and encourages this philosophy. 

Nurturing our students and seeing them go out and be confident and successful, has brought a tremendous sense of pride and, I hope, has paid back the faith that my teachers had in me.