Professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing Pamela Reed, PhD, RN, FAAN, recently received the Most Inspirational Mentor Award from the Tucson Nurses Week Foundation for her efforts as a role model, advocate and motivator in support of new nurses. Dr. Reed is also Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the college.
“It’s an award that I will treasure very much,” said Dr Reed, “But it’s not so much about me as it is a reflection of the superb students who have come to the College of Nursing, as well only faculty and staff who have supported me in my teaching.
Author and co-author of over 100 publications, Dr. Reed’s research has focused on wellness and mental health across the lifespan, end-of-life spirituality, moral distress, and ethical concerns of caregivers. frontline and terminally ill people. Her current fellowship is in nursing theory, philosophy and the development of scientific knowledge, and works on intermodernism as a philosophy of nursing. Dr. Reed is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has been a visiting scholar at several institutions, including New York University and Duke University.
Dr. Reed’s teaching philosophy is well suited to providing guidance to students seeking role models. “I have a perspective of developing the process of lifelong learning, where teaching is a process of educating or bringing out ideas and inherent abilities in the student, while providing resources, guidance and encouragement for students to learn certain content, yes, but above all to acquire tools for reflection, inquiry and to see the world in a new way,” said Dr. Reed.
Dr. Reed said his ability to help students clarify and develop their particular area of research is of the utmost importance. Her goal is “to do all of this in a way that stimulates their curiosity and brings joy, if not excitement, to their learning process.”
She said the mission brings her joy as well as meaning. “I approach this responsibility with a sense of respect, admiration and appreciation for students with a commitment to my own continuous learning of what I teach students and with an openness to challenge the status quo,” she said.
A version of this story was originally published by the College of Nursing.