Mitchell Grimston named TNCC Instructor of the Year
Helping to empower nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and hands-on training to provide expert care for trauma patients, Mitchell Grimston is the Australian & New Zealand College of Emergency Nursing (ANZCEN) 2021 TNCC Instructor of the Year.
Mr Grimston, who is Nurse Educator (Emergency) with the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, said the “award reflects the importance and value that individuals and organisations have for specialist emergency nursing education”.
“I am proud to help facilitate this ongoing learning, and am honoured to have my contribution recognised by receiving this award.”
Described as an “innate educator, exceptional clinician and all-around great guy,” Mr Grimston’s nomination praised his ability to de-construct complex concepts into readily understandable bite-sized bits of learning as well as his “teach-by example approach and gentle demeanour”, which “ensure a positive experience for candidates and new instructors alike”.
According to Mr Grimston being a Trauma Nursing Core Corse (TNCC) educator for ANZCEN “has allowed me to approach education in a way that encourages participants to explore their own knowledge and learning style”.
“The dynamic course structure, mixed with having participants and facilitators from such varied backgrounds allows for an approach to learning that rings true to me – sharing knowledge and skills, consolidating understanding, and having a fun time while doing it.”
Mr Grimston started taking on training and assessing roles in the workplace about 12 years ago, moving into formal education roles in his primary workplace in 2015. He started teaching TNCC in 2014 after attending the course earlier that year.
He was inspired by “some brilliant role models and mentors” to become an educator.
“Their approachability, calm manner, knowledge and friendliness was something I looked up to, and wanted to emulate to support my colleagues.”
Asked what makes a good educator, Mr Grimston said “those that are passionate about the session content, and move between the roles of facilitator, mentor, coach and teacher”.
“I think the ability to modify content and delivery method to best suit the participants has always been a feature of education sessions I’ve enjoyed.”
For those considering becoming an educator, Mr Grimston’s advice is simple: jump in there and have a go.
“Find a topic or skill you are passionate about, and this will help you feel more relaxed about facilitating the education session. Ask for guidance and support from your mentors, who will help you find your own teaching style. You will be your harshest critic, so also remember to be kind on yourself.”
The TNCC Instructor of the Year award is part of ANZCEN’s 2021 Emergency Nursing Education Awards.
The awards acknowledge the wonderful efforts of those contributing to the Emergency Nursing education field and were presented during ANZCEN’s Emergency Nursing Education Symposium on 29 May.