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#YearoftheNurseEducator—Dr. Sarah Mollman

Sarah Mollman
Dr. Sarah Mollman

In recognition of the essential role of nursing education during the pandemic and in celebration of its historic and continuing inspiration to nurses everywhere, the National League for Nursing has announced 2022 as the Year of the Nurse Educator. We're recognizing our certified nurse educators to celebrate. Meet Dr. Sarah Mollman, an assistant professor at the Rapid City site.

Why did you decide to become a nurse?

I became a nurse because of my grandparents. My grandfather was physically disabled and my grandmother cared for him for decades. When I was in high school, she called my brother and I when he lost consciousness. As we hurried to their house, I was trying to remember CPR. At this moment, I decided I wanted to know what to do in those emergent situations, especially in rural and frontier areas where health services are at a distance.

What drew you to become a nurse educator?

I always volunteered to have students as a bedside nurse so when faculty in my graduate program at SDSU suggested that I become a nurse educator, I saw it as a great fit. Even though I wasn’t good at public speaking, the students’ energy and desire to learn motivated me to teach and become an expert nurse educator. It is rewarding when you can explain concepts in different ways that meet the learning needs of students and you “see the lightbulb” go off for them as they understand the concept.

How has your nurse educator certification helped you in your faculty role?

To me, the nurse educator certification demonstrates my dedication to evidence-based teaching and learning. It makes me a well-prepared educator in all facets of the position which benefits the students and enhances their learning.

What is one of your greatest accomplishments?

The confidence I have in our graduates. For example, my son broke his first bone when I was out of town. The ER triage nurse was a former student from the first cohort of students that I taught. Once I knew she was there, I was able to relax knowing he was in good hands. Now when I go to the hospital with family members, our graduates are in every department and I know that my family member(s) will receive quality care.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I have delivered calves but not human babies.

What you'd like students to know: tips and advice.

Remember your why – your reason or purpose for becoming a nurse. Think of the patients or populations that you will care for as a nurse. Both of these can be great motivators when you are tired, but still need to study or complete an assignment.

Start practicing self-care as a student so you will have good self-care when you start your first nursing position.