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...Educator Jan Winn: Helping Students Find the Spark
..."As an educator, I love it when I see things click into place for students," said Jan Winn, MEd, CNMT, RT(N).
"I feel that I am opening up something new for them.Then I get a thrill when I see that sparkle or see it click."
Although students do not always recognize the importance of what she
teaches while they are in class, Winn
said, they often contact her
afterward to thank her
for giving them the tools they need for success.It is rewarding to help someone get a good job and prepare them to provide quality health care to their patients, said Winn, director of the nuclear medicine program at the University of Oklahoma.
is content with the intangible rewards of seeing her
students go on to good careers, her
students and peers in the education field felt she
deserved a more formal recognition of her
dedication.Therefore, they nominated her
for the Outstanding Educator Award inaugurated this year by the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section
received a plaque and a $700 prize at the June meeting of the SNM
in Toronto. Jan Winn is an exceptional educator with a unique ability to easily explain complex concepts, said Nanci Burchell, CNMT, FSNMTS, outgoing president of the SNMTS.
always knew she
wanted a health career, but not as a nurse or a physician.While attending college on the Norman campus of the University of Oklahoma
in the early 1980s, she
took an introduction to health professions class.Listening to the lecturer on radiologic technology, who eventually became her
professional mentor, she
became attracted to nuclear medicine and arranged to job shadow at a local hospital.
"They showed me around and let me watch them perform a few procedures, then they pulled up a gated cardiac image and it just grabbed me," Winn
said."I liked physiology, and this was physiology in action, so I immediately declared it my major, finished my prerequisites and got accepted to the program on the other campus."
Although the main campus of the University of Oklahoma
is in Norman, the Heath Sciences Center
is located in Oklahoma City. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in nuclear medicine in 1986, Winn worked as a staff technologist in two Oklahoma hospitals for about three years.
As these hospitals were clinical sites for the University of Oklahoma
nuclear medicine program, she
had the experience of working with students and enjoyed the experience of teaching.When an opening arose for a clinical coordinator in the nuclear medicine program, she
applied for and won that job, which involved about 50 percent clinical coordinator tasks and 50 percent teaching.During the next five years, she finished her master's in education at the Norman campus, which prepared her to take on the job of program director in 1993. In addition to her teaching duties, Winn is chair of the board of directors of the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology and was the 2003 recipient of the University of Oklahoma Presidential Professorship Award.
"There is always some challenge to be working on, so it makes for exciting work," Winn