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Third AU professor receives Nurse Fellowship Educator Award

Posted by on January 30, 2018


Georgine Maisch, assistant professor and simulation lab coordinator

Three cheers for the Aurora University School of Nursing, which is celebrating the third time a faculty member has received the Nurse Educator Fellowship Award from the Illinois Board of Education. Georgine Maisch, assistant professor and simulation lab coordinator, is one of 10 Illinois nurse educators in the state to receive the 2018 award.

The purpose of the Nurse Educator Fellowship Program is to ensure the retention of well-qualified nursing faculty at Illinois institutions of higher learning that award degrees in nursing.

Maisch has been in the nursing field for more than 30 years, serving a majority of her career as a labor and delivery nurse. She has taught at AU since 2014.

“As a professor, one of the most rewarding opportunities I get to experience is teaching juniors in the fundamental skills lab — when the students first enter the clinical area of the nursing program,” she said. “I also teach them in the simulation lab, where as second-semester juniors, they participate in their very first simulation experience. As they advance through the program, they attend simulation again as a senior. It is here that I see so much of their progress and learning, and most importantly, witness their increased confidence.”

Simulation is now a standard learning method used to teach nursing students clinical judgment prior to becoming professional nurses. Debriefing, a highly effective active learning strategy, supports students in becoming reflective practitioners who are able to identify their clinical strengths and weaknesses and connect their prior learning to the education that occurs in simulation.

As a 2018 IBHE Nurse Educator Fellow, Maisch will use the funds she received to attend simulation-training programs that will include real-time, constructive feedback on how to improve her debriefing techniques.

“Attending a simulation conference and immersion program provides the opportunity to gain knowledge in the areas of skills and simulation, identifying the best evidence-based practice and recommendations,” said Miasch. “It also allows me the opportunity to be the student, where I will receive constructive feedback from some of the most experienced educators in the area of healthcare simulation.”

“I applaud Georgine’s commitment to improving her expertise through the Nurse Educator Fellowship Program, particularly in the area of debriefing,” said Jan Strom, dean of the School of Nursing. “As a current member of the School of Nursing curriculum committee, Georgine is in an ideal role to share with her faculty colleagues how high-fidelity simulation improves students’ clinical and critical thinking. As she has throughout her career, Georgine continues to be a highly effective teacher, student advocate, and leader among the School of Nursing and AU faculty.”