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Oxley, Tara


Tara Oxley
Lecturer in Nursing

Office: 264 Civic Center
Phone: (207) 621-3541
Office Hours:

Nursing Instructor, Tara Oxly



Master of Science in Nursing, Education RN-MSN, 2011 – Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Associate of Science in Nursing, 2007 – Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, ME


Nurse Educator Consultant for Excelsior College in Albany NY


Fundamentals of Nursing
Critical Care Nursing


CPR Instructor: Healthcare Provider, Heart Saver, Friends & Family
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) Certification

Philosophy of Teaching:

In the context of nursing education, the objective of my teaching is to foster competency and critical thinking in the nursing student.  The adult education theory, defined by andragogy and adult learning characteristics, is the philosophical basis that influences content selection and methods of presentation.  Strategies that encourage active learning in the classroom include lectures integrated with audio and video components, case studies, simulation, collaborative group exercises, as well as encouraging students to reflect on critical concepts to help clarify their own values and beliefs and begin developing their nursing practice standards.  This teaching method not only complements a diverse group of learners but also contributes to a learner-centered approach where the students are active participants in the teaching-learning process rather than passive recipients.

In developing my teaching philosophy, I consider my own experiences as a student over the years and the instructors who contributed to my development as professional nurse and nurse educator.  Their image represents several qualities that have made a lasting impression: honesty, commitment, wisdom, and respect.  However, I believe respect, above all things, is the essential component for a professional relationship between an educator and her students.

A commitment to education and the development of life-long learners are crucial to the nursing profession as we approach a time expected to bring about considerable change in the current structure, available resources, and personnel who have represented the healthcare system over the last few decades.  As a nurse educator, I am equally as committed to the student as I was a nurse to my patients.  By demonstrating my passion and commitment to nursing I hope to inspire students and not only make a difference in their professional practice, but to make a difference in the quality of care for the patients.


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