A day in the life of Dr. Angela McConachie

Hello, my name is Dr. Angela McConachie and I teach Adult Health I in the accelerated program. I have 4 beautiful children, 3 boys, 1 girl (ages 9, 7, 4 and 2) and just completed my DNP degree in the summer of 2010. So I completely understand the stresses that accompany not only school, but having a life also. I know that students have crazy schedules, especially in the undergraduate program – with class time, studying, exams, clinical hours/days, simulation experience, skills check-offs, open labs, patient case studies/write ups, not to mention squeezing in time for sleep and a social life! The faculty here can appreciate that this is a very busy time for you, because we have been there and REMEMBER!

With that being said, I wanted to give you a little insight to a ‘day in the life’ of a faculty member. The faculty take on several different roles within the college and are not in our offices all the time – so hopefully this will give you a glimpse of where we are and what we are doing. We have three areas that we need to meet criteria for – Education (teaching students), Scholarship (completing projects/publications/presentations at conferences/posters) and Community (volunteering on committees within the college, hospital, professional organizations, etc). Along with the core three, we are also a liaison for students. We help them enter the nursing professions either with their bachelor’s or master’s degree (both have role transitions aspects), serve as mentors, sounding boards, resume reviewers, as well as complete reference forms and letters for previous and current students. The day that I am going to lay out for you was yesterday. This was actually a day a week in which I schedule to work from the library to do lesson plans and concentrate fully to process information. I have included family life as well, because life is not all about work!

06:00 – Wake up, get ovaltine ready for all the kids, pack lunches if needed
06:30 – All kids are usually awake, taking showers, getting ready
07:20 – 9-year old catches bus for school
07:30 – Carpool kids that are all at the house, kiss husband good-bye as he leaves for work.
07:45 – Leave to take 7-year old to school with carpool kids. Then take 4-year old to speech class, 2 year old in tow.
09:00 – Drop 4 and 2 year old off at Grandma’s
09:20 – Off to Library for a quite day of work…lunch packed and park nearby to eat at.
9:30-16:30 – At the library! I was able to complete 4 lectures, post grades on Blackboard, read/return/send numerous emails, complete 4 letters of recommendation for previous students, begin (almost complete) my yearly performance appraisal of myself for my evaluation, ½ way through composing a presentation for an EBP conference presentation in April (due in March), and started  this blog.
16:30 – Head to pick up all the kids, cook dinner and have kids do homework. Send kids outside to play because it is FINALLY nice outside!
17:30 – Husband/Daddy gets home and we sit down to eat as a family.
18:00 – I leave with 9 and 7 year old. To drop one off at friend’s house and take the other to indoor baseball practice.  Kindly ask the husband to help clean the house since we are going out of town this weekend and would LOVE to come home to a clean house.
19:30 – Arrive home, head upstairs for bedtime routine. Read books, kiss goodnight.
20:00 – 2100 – Grade final exam papers
21:00 – Leave for my volleyball game (Mom’s exercise)
22:30 – Get home, make sure everything is ready for the morning (backpacks), shower, go to bed.

This was a very productive day…maybe next week I will blog about a day in which I drive into the college to lecture and complete a simulation lab – which is my favorite part of what I do!!

Thanks for reading…

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