MCCSN Faculty Cultivate Excellence in Teaching
Each Spring MPC encourages faculty to apply for funding for summer faculty projects through the Garrison Fund for Excellence Award. This year the Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing (MCCSN) is pleased to announce that one of their esteemed faculty members, Kittie Trapl, has been selected as a recipient so she can pursue her educational goals to become the first fully credentialed Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) at MPC! According to the National League for Nursing, “The mission of the Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program is to promote excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator.” As a nursing faculty member credentialed as a Certified Nursing Educator, Kittie will serve as a leader and role model to students and faculty at MPC.
Kittie earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Colorado and worked for many years as a nurse with specialties in gerontology, renal and critical care. In 2011, she returned to school and completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of California, Dominguez Hills. Upon completion of her graduate degree she came to Monterey to begin teaching at MCCSN, moving from an initial part-time teaching position to full-time in 2016.
Kittie’s enthusiasm as a nurse and educator is evident as soon as you meet her.
“As a nursing instructor, I am able to teach and continue to be at the bedside, both of which I love. I want my students to carry on in this challenging, highly respected role. A nursing instructor must keep up with the newest evidence-based care and required documentation, while still providing safe and effective patient care. I find nursing to be very rewarding. It is the little things that your patients and family members remember: the way you make them feel, the way you try to comfort them, the way you provide care with dignity, and the way you act as their advocate. These are the values I try to instill in my students.”
Kittie is excited about her summer plan which includes intensive study at Iggy’s Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Camp in August. This course is a well-known, nationally recognized course accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission of Accreditation. The conference includes presentations on evaluation of student learning, program evaluation, faculty leadership and service, and faculty improvement and is designed to help prepare nursing educators for the challenging CNE examination.