Henrico’s Top Teachers – Randall Mangrum

Randall Mangrum is celebrating his 30th  year of nursing, an ode to his profession that has left him richly blessed with experience. It’s also allowed him to easily transition from practicing to teaching, while he prepares the next generation of nurses as a St. Mary’s Hospital practical nursing teacher for the Henrico County Adult Education program.
       
“As a nurse, you are a teacher,” Mangrum said.  “The majority of my career was spent in the practice setting.  I have been a nurse in the acute care, long-term care and community-based setting, in addition to patient education. I have been involved with employee education on some level. It’s almost as if I have come full circle – I began my career as a licensed practical nurse, and now I have the opportunity to give back to the profession.”
       
Mangrum has a healthy amount of education to match his hands-on experience that has helped shape his approach in the clinical and classroom setting.
       
He received a  degree in nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1994 and a master’s in nursing with a specialization in nursing education from Aspen University in 2015. But for Mangrum, the education hasn’t stopped – he is currently enrolled in a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program at American Sentinel University, with an anticipated graduation date of October 2017.
       
Mangrum plays an active role inside and outside of St. Mary’s with involvement in numerous community service projects, such as filling backpacks for the homeless and collecting school supplies for children in need. He also has taken on the task of forming an alumni association to benefit  the practical nursing program, which will soon celebrate 50 years in nursing education.
       
“As a nursing student, I had the pleasure of learning from Mr. Mangrum in both the classroom and clinical setting,” one former student wrote in a nomination letter. “In the classroom, he is engaging,  knowledgeable, entertaining and creative. He finds a variety of ways to appeal to all learning styles through his flipped classroom approach, demonstrations, hands-on activities, classroom and group projects, and guest speakers. In the clinical setting he teaches and leads by example. He is kind, patient, and compassionate not only with his patients but also with his students. He genuinely cares.”
       
Mangrum believes his students, colleagues and program director are the most enjoyable part of his job, as their passion for nursing and nursing education matches his own.
       
His high expectations for himself lead to high expectations for his students. He strives to create a meaningful learning environment that engages students with active learning strategies, hand-on experiences and a lack of lectures – all designed to push students to come to class ready to apply knowledge and skills.
       
“During one clinical experience, just after we arrived on the  unit, I learned my grandmother had passed away,” the former student wrote. “Mr. Mangrum’s comfort and support gave me the strength to finish out my clinical day, as I know my  grandmother would have wanted. During this difficult time, he taught me the  necessity of caring for myself and my family in order to be able to continue  providing excellent care for my patients. In every setting he insisted that  his students strive for excellence, and he sincerely believed that we could,  and would, achieve this goal.
       
“He believed in me so much that I started  believing in myself, which enabled me to achieve success where I never thought possible.”
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