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NFAR Spotlight Series: Dr. Robin Seal-Whitlock

The Nurse Support Program II (NSP II), which is administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and funded through the Health Services Cost Review Commission, announced in early 2021 the first annual Nurse Faculty Annual Recognition Awards (NFAR), showcasing 13 of Maryland’s finest nurse faculty. Each of the award recipients were nominated by their Dean or Director of Nursing as full-time nurse faculty and will receive $10,000.

Dr. Robin Seal-Whitlock, RN, PhD, MSN, has dedicated the last 22 years of her career to nursing education. She began working for the Chesapeake College MGW (Macqueen Gibbs Willis) Nursing Program in August of 2021 and was promoted to the role of course coordinator in 2003. In addition to her role as an educator, she has also served as a mentor for her full-time and adjunct faculty alike.

Dr. Seal-Whitlock was the only faculty chosen for excellence demonstrated in the area of "Contributions to Nursing Education."

She took the time to answer some questions for us below:

Can you briefly summarize the contribution(s) you made that led to your nomination for this award?

I was nominated for the NFAR award by the Director, Dr. Heather Westerfield. In her nomination she cited the numerous activities that I have participated in over my years as a nurse educator. These included course coordinator (managing a maximum of 64 students and 8-10 faculty for 2 separate courses); mentoring new full and part time faculty; actively participating in on-going curriculum evaluation and revision; and early participant in various roles in the ES-FAMI initiative (Chesapeake College liaison, Academy Instructor and Academy Mentor).

What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your career as an educator?

The most important thing I have learned as a nurse educator is the necessity of continuing to learn, explore new things, think out of the box, and always have a back-up plan.

What advice would you offer to those interested in becoming an educator?

To teach is to reach – one of the most exciting things about being a nurse educator is that instead of reaching a limited number of human lives as a nurse, you will be reaching thousands upon thousands of lives by teaching students to be nurses.

Dr. Seal-Whitlock at her own pinning ceremony.
Dr. Seal-Whitlock at her own pinning ceremony.

What is your proudest accomplishment as an educator?

My proudest moment is always watching students at the pinning ceremony. My proudest accomplishment is being part of introducing well over 750 new nurses into this wonderful profession, including the 6 full time faculty (and many part time faculty) that I work with now that were once my students.

Thank you to Dr. Seal-Whitlock for your continued contributions to nursing education in Maryland! Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition!

Stay tuned for upcoming features of other NFAR recipients. You can find the full list of awardees here:

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