Wayne Quashie is the first recipient of the Georgette Viellion NEF Scholarship as well as the recipient of the NEF M. Elizabeth Carnegie Scholarship last year. He attained his Master’s Degree in Nursing from Indiana State University, Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hunter College. He is currently in the dissertation phase of his EdD in Nursing Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.
As a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), he is responsible for ensuring that oncology and neuroscience nursing practice reflects the current evidence to ensure high-quality nursing care resulting in positive patient outcomes. He is certified as an Adult Health CNS by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist by the Oncology Nurse Society. Being a clinical resource on his unit, he recognized the importance of simulation education in educating new nurses. However, he was curious whether these skills truly transfer in the clinical setting. In addition, with the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic and many nursing schools fulfilling clinical hours with simulation, Wayne recognized that a clinical practice gap may exist as these nurses transition to real clinical practice. It is not well studied whether skills learned in the simulation lab transfer to the real clinical environment and his recently IRB-approved dissertation study explores this question.
With the results from his study, Wayne aims to add to the clinical nursing education literature and improve the transition of new graduate nurses to clinical practice. He plans to stay within the clinical setting and use simulation with other technologies to educate nurses as they care for the increasing number of acute patients in the hospital.
He has extensive educational experience and has served as faculty for numerous unit and hospital-wide education programs. In addition, he has presented locally and nationally on various topics in Neuro-Oncology. Currently, he is a reviewer for the American Association Neuroscience Nurses Core Curriculum for a Neuroscience Nurses book and serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.
His contribution to the professional development of novice Clinical Nurse Specialists led him to being the recipient of the CNS Preceptor of the Year Award in 2018 by NACNS. His community service includes being on the Board of Trustees at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn as well as volunteering at Children of Promise, a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization focused on providing educational and mental health services to children with incarcerated parents. He is an active member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Oncology Nursing Society, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.
Wayne expresses sincere thanks to Ms. Mary Insall, who created the Georgette Viellion Scholarship, since it provides critical tuition assistance as he completes his dissertation study.
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