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By Teresa WebbStudent Mentor, College of Health Professions
As a mentor of graduate nursing studens, I have found that many of the traits necessary to performing as a professionally competent nurse are the same traits required to be a successful WGU student who thrives in our self-paced, competency-based educational programs.
Professionally competent nurses have acquired the ability to adapt, to be flexible, and to prioritize situationally. Likewise, WGU’s competency-based model encourages students to approach each course with the knowledge they have previously acquired from practice and educational experiences, to develop new competencies with each course of study, and to prove their knowledge through assessments—all adding up to enhance their professional competency. Let’s take a closer look at these traits.
My name is Teresa Webb. I have worked in nursing education for four years and as a faculty mentor for graduate nursing students at WGU for the last six months. As a professor, I drew from seven years of nursing practice in oncology and acute cardiac/telemetry that required a preceptor/mentor component and from the two-year online journey to complete my MSN to guide advocacy of student access and success. I live in a small village outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, and enjoy the quiet desert evenings with family and friends.
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