Katie Hooven Transforms Nursing Education One Step At A Time
For as long as she can remember, Katie Hooven, MSN, RN, MBA, CAPA, wanted to be a nurse. She volunteered every summer during high school at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton and was inspired by her Aunt Pam, a 30-year veteran nurse and director of ambulatory surgery, who encouraged her to put her education first and let her path follow.
After receiving her BSN in 2006, Katie worked as a staff nurse for two years when she decided to return to school. “My Aunt really remained my motivator,” Katie recalls. “It was never ‘are’ you going to get your MSN’, it was always ‘when.’” Katie thought she might be interested in the business side of nursing, perhaps as a hospital administrator or a career in medical device sales. She set her sights on getting her MSN and an MBA while continuing to work at St. Mary’s Hospital in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. There, in addition to being a staff nurse, she mentored student nurses and acted as a nurse preceptor.
When a chance opening arose at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) School of Nursing for a clinical coordinator, Katie decided to see what it would be like on the other side of the classroom. “I never thought about going into academia,” says Katie, “but because I had completed my Masters, the opportunity was open to me.” It’s a lesson learned that Katie imparts to her students today. “I tell them not to be afraid to advance their education before they need or even know how they will use it – just keep it in your back pocket and the opportunities will come.”
As clinical coordinator at TCNJ, Katie teaches a professional role development course in TCNJ’s off-site RN-BSN program. She is also responsible for contracts, placement of nursing students, and grants. She is currently a member of one of three teams that facilitates a State Implementation Program Grant (SIP) provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, along with matching funds from a majority of Magnet hospitals in the state. The grant was awarded to the New Jersey Action Coalition to support the work of one of the key recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report; to increase the percentage of baccalaureate nurses to 80% by 2020. The teams are working on the creation of seamless models for academic progression using the Nurse of the Future Core Competencies©. Katie’s team was one of three funded to bring together diploma, AD and BSN. Her team was the first to bring people together to begin to build a BSN progression curriculum plan that would assist nursing students currently enrolled in a diploma/Associate Degree program to acquire their BSN with no wasted credit or time.
Photo: Katie Hooven, center, with Hunterdon Medical Center nurses enrolled in The College of New Jersey’s off site RN-BSN program.
“This has been such an exciting program of collaboration,” says Katie. “We are all working together, helping to make a better future for all nurses. I really love it.” So much so it seems that Katie has finally found her own nursing path as a nurse leader and educator. She is currently enrolled in the PhD program for nursing education at Villanova. She plans to do her dissertation on clinical education and hopes to become a full-time faculty member.
Throughout her journey, Katie has learned a lot about the benefits and need for academic progression and shares her experiences with her students:
- Don’t leave it to someone else to fix; use your skills and knowledge to make a difference – no matter how big or small.
- The hardest part about going back to school is submitting the application. Just do it.
- Take advantage of tuition reimbursement opportunities.
- You don’t have to know where you are going before you get your education. Committing to your education opens many doors.
- Think of the big picture – take it one step at a time and keep moving!
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Photo: Katie makes sure to save time to ride her horse, Penny, for relaxation therapy.
|by New Jersey Action Coalition | May 1, 2014|