Cleste M. Alfes, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE-A, FAAN, is a leader and educator at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Alfes writes about the value of nurses from a dual perspective.
I am a leader in Nursing Education and my professional role in nursing is as Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Nursing Education, Simulation, and Innovation at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio. With a background in critical care nursing, I have 21 years of experience teaching baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral nursing students.
As a Nurse Educator, it has been my privilege to teach, inspire, and mentor thousands of students over the last 20 years in the classroom, clinical, and skills and simulation settings. Although it has been many years since I have provided direct patient care, it gives me great joy in knowing that I have had an active role ensuring our nursing graduates are impactful nurse leaders committed to delivering safe quality patient care.
It was not until last fall when I was on the receiving end of nursing care as a patient, that I realized the true value of nursing. Through every step of the process from testing, treatment, surgery, and recovery, nurses were there to provide education, guidance, support, and reassurance all while delivering expert, holistic, and advanced nursing care. Being a patient who received exceptional care from nurses of various educational backgrounds in a multitude of settings has given me the opportunity to fully experience the Art of Nursing.
I have now come full circle from experiencing exceptional nursing care to actualizing the nurse educator’s vital role in preparing extraordinary nurses and nursing leaders. I am proud to be a nurse educator and even more proud of the next generation of nurses enrolled in our nursing programs across the country who have chosen this remarkable most-trusted profession.