Nov 13, 2014, 1:00 PM, Posted by
Angela Amar, Jacquelyn Campbell
Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, is director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholars program and Anna D. Wolf chair and professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Angela Amar, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an associate professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University and an alumna of the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program.
As two scholars who have worked in research, practice and policy arenas around issues of gender-based violence for years, we honor our veterans this week by paying tribute to the Pentagon and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for addressing intimate partner and sexual violence among active duty and returning military and their families, and urge continued system-wide involvement and innovative solutions.
In our work, we’ve heard outrageous, painful stories. One female servicemember explained to Angela why she was ignoring the sexual harassment she experienced. She knew that hearing that she was inferior because she was a woman, being called “Kitty” instead of her name, and having the number 69 used in place of any relevant number was harassing. She knew it was wrong. But she had decided that she would not let it bother her. I can acknowledge that he is a jerk, but I can’t let that affect me.
I can’t let his behavior define me as a person. On some level this may seem like an accurate way of dealing with a problem person. However, sexual harassment isn’t just about one obnoxious person. Not telling the story doesn’t make the behavior go away. Rather, it sends the message that the behavior is acceptable and that sexist comments are a normal part of the lexicon of male/female interactions.
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May 9, 2012, 4:45 PM, Posted by
Happy National Nurses Week! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has a proud history of supporting nurses and nurse leadership, so this week, the RWJF Human Capital Blog will feature posts by nurses, including leaders from some of our nursing programs. Check back each day to see what they have to say. This post is by Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program and Anna D. Wolf chair and professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
Nurses are known mostly as caregivers, but we also play important roles as educators, mentors and even in shaping public policy. I believe strongly that one of the most important roles all nurses play is that of the educator and mentor for new nurses. No matter in what setting they work, nurses are involved in educational endeavors. You don’t need to be faculty. In clinical settings, nurses at the bedside are preceptors for students and even those who aren’t formally teaching often work alongside nursing students and are their mentors and role models – keeping a watchful eye over the students as they practice their nursing skills, providing feedback and guidance until they get it right.
Education and mentoring are a natural extension of the caregiving role we all associate with nursing. Mentoring is how we care for new nurses who are caring for our patients and the public. We mentor in a variety of ways, through coaching, role modeling and facilitating their growth and development so that they become better and more competent nurses. In education, nursing faculty have the privilege of working with individual students who have the same scholarly interests. They also have opportunities to mentor students toward doing research and scholarship, so that those students are helping to generate evidence to show what nursing interventions work best and what’s cost-effective. Evidence that can help to shape policy to improve the health and health care of our country.
I know from personal experience that being a mentor is immensely satisfying. When my mentees achieve their goals, that experience is every bit as exciting to me as when I achieve my own goals. I know that I have helped them aim high and that because of that, they are making a real difference in the lives and health of families, communities and our country.
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