About Dr. Norma Cain
- Cain started her nursing career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for five years, where she attended North Technical College, in West Palm Beach, and graduated in 1997. She worked several private duty jobs through nursing agencies caring for geriatric patients, during that time she pursued her Medical Assistant certificate, but has never worked as a medical assistant.
- Cain attended Thompson Education College, Pennsylvania, online program to achieve her high school diploma, and was graduated in 1998.
- She attained her Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) from Academy for Practical Nursing and Health Occupation, in West Palm Beach, Florida and graduated in 2001, where she worked for approximately eight years at several nursing facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living and rehabilitation, as she provided safe high-quality, compassionate care to pediatric and geriatric patients.
- She attained her Associate (ASN) and Bachelor's (BSN) degrees from South University, West Palm Beach campus, Florida and graduated in 2007. Dr. Cain's name was on the presidential list for two years, and she was awarded an honorary degree of "Sumna Cumlade" during the graduation ceremony.
- She attained her Master's degree (MSN) from University of Phoenix, Palm Beach Gardens campus, Florida and graduated in 2012.
- She attained a doctoral degree in Ministry from Newburgh Theological College of the Bible, in Indiana and graduated in 2014.
- Finally, she started out pursuing her Ph.D. in nursing education at Barry University, Miami, Florida, where she did approximately three semesters, but could not complete it due to the travel distance and conflict with her job schedule.
- Cain then attended Newburgh Theological College, in Indiana, where she attained her Ph.D. in Christian Education/Counseling, and was graduated in 2016.
- Cain started her teaching career as a nursing/clinical instructor since 2010, where she teaches RN students from several colleges and institutions in Palm Beach and Broward County. She teaches several medical doctors most of whom are from Cuba and other countries outside the United States, as well as many out of state students from several other states in America, most of whom passed the NCLEX examination and are registered nurses today.
- Cain is also a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) instructor, she teaches Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), and First Aid.
- Recently, Dr. Cain has joined with Dr. Martinez to conduct an NCLEX review class, called "Concepts Review" to assist those students who are having difficulty studying or retaining the information necessary to pass the NCLEX exam.
- Finally, Dr. Cain is writing a book about her life journey and achievements.
Dr. Cain's Personal Teaching Philosophy
My personal philosophy as a nursing instructor and christian educator will discuss the metaparadigms of nursing, christian education, and counseling, which includes the client, health, environment, nursing and the spiritual aspect of that person. My personal philosophy of nursing and christian education encompasses the knowledge of love and affection, empathy, compassion, honesty, and holistic care, through which, unknowingly, I have implemented a set of beliefs and values for myself. Such beliefs and values are combined with relational compassionate care that honors and respects the dignity of all individuals, including patients, children, the target audience, and their families throughout the community. My personal philosophy of nursing and christian education first formed when I was completing my master’s degree in nursing education and further advanced when I was completing my doctoral degree in ministry, which extends to the community to promote health and wellness to every individual, which is what I will always strive to accomplish.
I believe that knowledge is power and without knowledge, the mind becomes stagnant and wasted. I strive to provide every student with the knowledge and learning needed to facilitate growth, morality, and better leadership qualities. I also believe that learning never ends and that every student is exclusive in his or her own way with different talents, abilities, cultural needs, and purpose in life, regardless of age, gender, culture, or race. I also believe that with love and nurturing, every student can be successful and have a lifetime of professional growth.
According to Butler (2004), the patient is the central concept of all spiritual and nursing models, since he or she is the primary focus of the care; health is viewed as a continuum from a complete healthy to an unhealthy state, which sometimes results in long-term care or death. The concept of the environmentincludes the living conditions in the community, interpersonal relationships, the cultural and religious aspects, and social interactions. Nursing is best described as providing holistic quality care, including basic physiological and psychological care, family support and relief from pain and discomfort, by assisting the client and family with the ability to cope with the resolution of end-of-life issues, the prevention of illness and diseases, and to promote health and wellbeing for all individuals. Spirituality is a universal dynamic and intrinsic aspect of human personal experience in connection to something much greater than the self and is also a religious process of reformation, which aims to recover the origin of mankind as the image of God through faith in Jesus Christ (Butler, 2004). As I continue to advance in my ministry and nursing career, it will allow me to widen my scope of practice in education through teaching and counseling, both in the church and the classroom.
The advancement of my ministry and nursing career will also help me to strive to provide every individual with the knowledge and learning skills necessary to facilitate professional and spiritual growth. It will also assist them with morality and better leadership qualities to be successful, regardless of socioculture or socioeconomic background. As I began focusing on my personal philosophy in nursing and christian education, my views on the metaparadigms of caring played a very important role in my decision to pursue my studies in advanced nursing practice and Christian counseling. Holistic spiritual and nursing care provides the best quality care for each individual, regardless of age, race, gender, disability, religion, cultural preference, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. I will devote myself to being a patient advocate at all times, as an educational, spiritual, and therapeutic relationship is essential to the individual and family. Therefore, integrating evidence-based practice into my daily practice will allow me to establish positive feedback and outcomes in the care of the target audience, Generation XYZ.