The latest recipient of Faculty Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, Md., is Linda Fitzgerald, RN, BSN, a nursing clinical instructor.
Caitlyn Kogel, RN, a January 2013 graduate who now is working as a nurse at MedStar St. Marys Hospital in Leonardtown, Md., said in a news release that Fitzgerald is a tough instructor who left no room for error.
“I had to really work to impress her,” Kogel said in the release. “You had to be on top of your game every time you went to clinical.”
The Faculty Excellence Award is presented at the winter and spring graduations and recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching, curriculum and professional development, the college community and the community at-large, according to the release.
Fitzgerald began her nursing career at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, working in coronary care, and moved to Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton, Md., for another six years of coronary care experience. Fitzgerald took a 12-year break from nursing to raise her family before taking a job at Civista Medical Center — now University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, Md., where she coordinated the cardiopulmonary rehab program, served on various critical care committees and taught telemetry classes.
“I did a lot of teaching in that role,” Fitzgerald said in the release
When Fitzgerald left Civista, she became an adjunct faculty member at the College of Southern Maryland.
“I think I was probably looking to do something a little bit different, something that would challenge me in different ways,” Fitzgerald said in the release.
At the College of Southern Maryland, she fills in for other instructors as needed, takes on extra projects and provides recommendation letters for students seeking their first jobs. Fitzgerald said in the release that she relishes the challenge of trying to help shape the lives of future nurses.
“Were very proud of our program,” she said in the release. “CSM is fortunate to have some amazing Instructors, and I am proud to be a part of the team.”