Registered Nurse Stacy Demitropoulos thrives on teachable moments. So not only does she spend time working at Renown Infusion Services and teaching her patients and families valuable health lessons, but she also is an assistant professor at the Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada.
You may have seen a quote floating around social media, attributed anonymously, that says:
“A good teacher is a doctor who heals ignorance and an artist who inspires creativity.”
In this case, a good teacher is also a nurse — one who is a patient advocate, an artist inspiring creativity and a friend to many.
Stacy Demitropoulos, RN, MSN, OCN, has been a Registered Nurse for more than 11 years. With an education and background in oncology, she currently works in Renown Infusion Services. She holds her masters in nursing as well as her Oncology Nursing Certification.
And her passion for her profession takes her outside of direct patient care. Since 2008, she’s been an assistant professor at the Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, teaching full-time since 2013.
The Art of Teaching
“I love teaching,” says Stacy. “I love seeing the students understand concepts and put the pieces together with their patients. I love seeing their enthusiasm for caring for others. They are so excited to start this amazing profession, and when their faces light up, it makes me smile knowing that I have had some part in their education to become an amazing nurse.”
Her assistant professor duties include teaching in both the classroom and hospital for the clinical portion of her students’ training in the undergraduate program. Stacy loves nursing in any capacity – teaching or practicing – and she loves being part of a team in both instances.
“I love teaching as much as I love the oncology patients,” she explains of her dual roles. “I couldn’t quit either. I think it’s important to stay up on current practice for my students. I love being a part of a team, and I am part of an amazing team of nurses who love what they do.”
In addition to practicing and being a nursing instructor, Stacy also recently volunteered as a staff nurse at Blue Bear Outdoor Youth Camp. Her duties included helping the campers who had minor cuts and scrapes, in addition to participating in outdoor activities with the campers.
“I enjoyed hiking with them, singing camp songs and performing skits with them,” Stacy recalls. “They enjoyed learning about the outdoors in a safe environment. They learned teamwork and made great friendships and participated in activities such as fun arts and crafts, hiking and archery, which is something some of these children would never have an opportunity to do.”