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College of Nursing

MSC09 5350
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 1-800-690-0934

Faculty Introductions

March 21, 2017

The UNM College of Nursing recently hired several faculty members to teach in the undergraduate program. Here is a brief introduction to them.

Joseph Poole, MSN, RN, CNE
Clinical Educator Instructor

DEGREES HELD: Associate of Arts in Biology from Southeast Missouri State Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southeast Missouri State Master of Science in Nursing Education from University of New Mexico Currently enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy program at University of Northern Colorado.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Assistant Nurse Manager of a 45-bed Surgical Assessment Unit; National League for Nursing Ambassador for 3 years at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque; Simulation Director at University of New Mexico for 3.5 years. Have presented at International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning and Elsevier Faculty Development conferences. I have been teaching since 2006.

WHAT DO YOU WANT STUDENTS TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR CLASSES?
To be critical thinkers, conceptual thinkers, and holistic in their care.

WHAT DO YOU WANT THEM TO LEARN?
In Nurs 474 [Patient Education], I want them to be better prepared to teach families and patients. The care setting is changing from the bedside to the home, and families and patients need to be educated to provide care when the home care nurse is not there. In Nurs 321 [Assessment and Health Promotion], I want students to learn to apply their assessment skills. The better their assessments, the better the outcome for the patient.

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE THAT YOU EVER RECEIVED?
Be yourself! Students will respond if you are genuine.

WHAT QUALITIES MAKE SOMEONE PARTICULARLY SUCCESSFUL IN NURSING?
Empathy and compassion and standing up for what is right.

TELL US SOMETHING YOUR STUDENTS MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU:
I was a fire fighter/emergency medical technician for over 10 years before becoming a nurse. I like to cook a variety of Asian and ethnic foods.

Sarah Patel, MSN, RNC
Lecturer I

DEGREES HELD: Master of Science in Nursing, with a focus in Nursing Education; Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Associate Degree in Nursing.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: My career highlights have been serving as the New Mexico Chair for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) since 2016. I also have the pleasure of participating as of one of the 10 AWHONN Emerging Leaders throughout the United States for 2017 to help promote education for women’s services and to grow in personal leadership abilities.

IN WHICH DEGREE PROGRAM DO YOU TEACH?
I am a Lecturer in the Pre-Licensure Program.

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE THAT YOU EVER RECEIVED?
To keep my head up and persevere toward my dream. Along your pathway, there will be obstacles and challenges. However, it is the journey that makes you a stronger individual.

WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD READ?
The Harry Potter book series.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE THAT NURSES FACE TODAY?
The challenge facing nursing today is limited financial resources related to the economy and attempting to provide safe patient care on limited resources.

TELL US SOMETHING YOUR STUDENTS MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU:
I enjoy watching Bollywood films and going to the Navratri celebrations to dance the night way with my family.