A nurse practitioner discovers her love for teaching

How does a nurse make the transition to education? Sometimes they know right off the bat, sometimes they stumble upon it by accident.

Dr. Angela McConachie, one of our faculty instructors, shares how she went from being a full-time nurse practitioner at Barnes-Jewish Hospital to becoming an educator at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.

“I did not know that I would like to teach,” she said. “I’m very hands on – ‘patient oriented, give me patients, let me take care of them, let me save their life’ nurse.”

But after taking a student group for clinical rotations at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, she was smitten. “I fell in love with teaching the nurses, giving them new experiences, making sure they have the hands-on experiences to be able go out and be a good nurse,” she says.

Dr. McConachie teaches Adult Health I – an undergraduate course that pulls together content from previous courses in health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. It’s an intense and complicated class, but she finds the greatest satisfaction when her students “get done with my class… and they come back and say, ‘I really learned a lot, this class really put it together for me.”

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