The broad scope of clinical education is reflected in the diverse backgrounds and aspirations of students in the Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) in Clinical Education program. Our students may work in clinical practice or education, and while many are nurses, they also come from a range of health-care backgrounds. This program provides them with opportunities to develop and build their leadership and business skills in relation to clinical education.
I developed and teach a class on the theoretical foundations of nursing clinical education, which is offered in the first semester of the 12-month MHLP and explores the theoretical underpinnings that guide education in everyday practice. We are often not consciously aware of the assumptions that we bring to our work, and this class tries to bring those theoretical underpinnings that guide health-care practice and education to the forefront. We look at many “big idea” theories – including Paulo Freire’s pedagogy of the oppressed and the notion of critical consciousness and social justice. We also explore theories of learning and teaching, including strategies to foster learning in different contexts.
Courses on theory can sometimes feel abstract and divorced from our practice. Within the class, we always look for opportunities to make connections with the everyday world of clinical education and to reflect on our beliefs of learning and teaching and our overall goals as practitioners.
I’m originally from Dublin, where I trained as a nurse and midwife in an apprenticeship program. When I moved to Canada, I attended UBC for my bachelor of nursing. I had a thirst for more learning so I went on to complete my master’s, and I’ve been working at the School of Nursing ever since.
I love working with students and teaching is my passion. The students in our undergraduate and graduate programs are wonderful and it’s incredibly rewarding to work with them to co-create positive learning environments where they can appreciate the enormity of what we do and how we can make a difference in people’s lives. This particular program serves an important need in helping professionals build their leadership skills and recognize the impact they have in creating safe and caring learning environments.
Kathy O’Flynn-Magee is a senior instructor in the School of Nursing. She completed her RN and midwife training in Dublin. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from UBC. Since 2000, she has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Her research interests focus on teaching scholarship, educational leadership and curriculum development, with a recent focus using forum theatre to address bullying if students witness or experience it.
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