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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

College of Health Sciences

Nursing Careers:
Nurse Educator


Therese M. Comella, RN
(MS '97)

What drew you to the career of Nursing Education?

I enjoyed precepting students. They liked to ask "WHY?" about many things.

How did you prepare for it?

I worked as an adjunct clinical instructor for a community college. [Therese also prepared to be a Nurse Educator by taking our Rural Health Nursing Education MS program.]

What do you like the most about this career?

In the career of Nurse Educator, I like having the ability to impart updated and evidence based education to the next generation, which fosters our ethic of Patient Advocacy.

What are the biggest challenges?

The biggest challenge in this career is to stay current, safe, and patient with students.

What advice would you have for a student interested in this field?

Evaluate your interest in teaching in your everyday practice. Ask yourself... Do you enjoy sharing with your peers? Are you concerned with the evidence in your practice which distinguishes you as a professional? If you are, consider the various ways you can influence your profession as an educator.

Extra info about you! What are you and have you been doing?

I am a full-time faculty member in a Diploma/BSN program in Philadelphia, Aria Health School of Nursing (Formerly Frankford Hospital School of Nursing), affiliated with Penn State. I have an interest in increasing the knowledge of healthcare providers in care of the transgender population and encouraging more faculty to include this aspect of human diversity in their school curriculums. I have presented posters on this topic at two evidence-based practice conferences in Pennsylvania and will be doing a podium presentation in October 2012.

Comella also has a career spot for Telemetry. Check it out by clicking on the link.

Therese M. Comella

Therese M. Comella
"Are you concerned with the evidence in your practice which distinguishes you as a professional? If you are, consider the various ways you can influence your profession as an educator."

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