Title : Integration of character programs in nursing education
It is not by accident that for eighteen years in a row, the United States of America annual Gallup poll has rated nurses highest in honesty and ethics. It is especially rewarding and satisfying that 85% of Americans think, and rate nurses higher in honesty than a clergy, policeman, physicians, college teachers, pharmacist, and the list goes on and on. The school of doubt that the nursing profession was not built on the solid ground and firm foundation of ethical and moralistic values just got demolished.
For more than seven decades, Gallup polls built it is the reputation of researching human opinions, and since its inception in 1935, no single profession has dominated the highest honesty rating as nurses did and will continue to be doing. It is now incumbent upon us, as nursing leaders to start promoting characteristics of great nurses.
The integration of character programs in nursing education cannot and should not be overlooked. It is my belief and submission that nurses without character are not complete or desirable nurses.
Dr. Gabriel Oluwakotanmi is currently the Dean of Nursing at Hallmark University in San Antonio, Texas, USA. His career as a bedside nurse in the intensive care unit, nurse leader, consultant, nurse educator, academician, and keynote speaker in the United States and abroad has spanned over 30 years. His professional experience includes teaching in undergraduate and graduates nursing programs online and in the classrooms, subject matter, expert writing, course, curriculum development, and nursing program development. Dr. Oluwakotanmi is an expert NCLEX reviewer, has more than 500 presentations locally and internationally. He was twice the keynote speaker for the World Nursing Conference in both LasVegas and Rome, Italy in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Dr. Gabriel Oluwakotanmi has received several awards over the year. Summa cum laude 1991 at Malcolm X College in Chicago, Magna cum laude in 1994 at Olivet Nazarene University, Magna cum laude in 2008 at Governors State University. He also received a certificate of special congressional recognition from US Congresswoman Dina Titus in 2014. In 2014, Dr. Oluwakotanmi received a certificate of commendation from the United States Senator Harry Reid. 2018 received South Texas Imagemakers award by Texas Nurses Association.
Dr. Oluwakotanmi is an author of several articles for the nursing profession and leads the team that created Hallmark RN-BSN, BSN, and MSN program. He is happily married with children and grandchildren. He enjoys reading, teaching, and outdoor activities.