Clinical Instructor of Nursing Edith D. Hamilton, RN
BSN, University of South Carolina
After racking up three decades of nursing experience ranging from pediatric care to the emergency trauma center, Edith Hamilton heard that Anderson University was starting a nursing program.
She was drawn to the campus’ blend of Christian environment and cutting edge technology, including the simulation lab and human dissection lab. Hamilton knew she wanted the next part of her career to include drawing on her experience to teach the next generation of nurses as a clinical instructor at the university.
One aspect of her job as a clinical instructor is to go with her students to their clinicals at the hospital. During their rounds, she helps them develop a patient-first approach to nursing. The task may be to take vitals or change a dressing but Hamilton teaches students to go beyond that and find out what the patient needs emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Her favorite part of being an instructor is helping students build strong foundations and learn to do tasks correctly, which students can practice in Anderson’s state-of-art simulation lab and skills lab.
Her comprehensive approach and desire to become a nurse were inspired by her older cousin in the fifth grade. Hamilton earned an associate degree in nursing from Greenville Technical College in 1982 and started working at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, South Carolina. She served as a staff nurse in critical care areas and helped set up a post-anesthesia care unit there.
During her 13 years at Shriners, Hamilton also earned her BS in nursing from the University of South Carolina in Spartanburg and spent three years as a nursing instructor. She taught classes for students on the associate degree in nursing track and students in the licensed practical nursing program. She also taught outside the classroom as a clinical instructor in medical-surgical, pediatrics, geriatrics, and mom and baby. She developed new course curriculum for senior LPN students and collaborated on instructional videos.
Hamilton has experience in a wide variety of areas and with all different ages. She was responsible for teaching new moms how to take care of their babies and caring for newborns with respiratory problems at St. Francis eastside hospital in Greenville. She worked with adults patients at Greenville Hospital System in the emergency triage center, including critical care, triage, chest pain observation unit, and fast track for non-critical injuries and illnesses.
Hamilton’s extensive experience, special blend of caring for patients’ medical, emotional and spiritual needs and her background in clinical instruction make her an ideal fit for AU's School of Nursing. She says she wants nurses to be in nursing because they want to care for people, not because of the stable job market or financial opportunities. Her goal is to instill students with the importance of the patient.
When Hamilton isn’t working with students during their clinicals or caring for patients in the AnMed Health emergency care department, she is caring for rescued baby dolls. She has saved more than 2,500 dolls from thrift stores, refurbished them and sent them to children around the world, including Haiti, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Nepal, Honduras and India.
She has three real babies at home, a tiny toy poodle and two toy poodles: Elsie, Logan and Murphy. She is a Sunday School teacher for fourth and fifth graders at Boulevard Baptist Church and regular volunteer with Clean Start, a program in Anderson that helps the homeless population get back on their feet.
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