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Nursing Education Perspectives

Sharon L Farra, Sherrill J Smith, Deborah L Ulrich
With increasing use of virtual reality simulation (VRS) in nursing education and given the vast array of technologies available, a variety of levels of immersion and experiences can be provided to students. This study explored two different levels of immersive VRS capability. Study participants included baccalaureate nursing students from three universities across four campuses. Students were trained in the skill of decontamination using traditional methods or with VRS options of mouse and keyboard or head-mounted display technology...
December 28, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Deborah A Raines
As nursing is a practice discipline, theory and practice cannot be separated. Yet nursing education is traditionally divided into two components: classroom or theory-based learning and clinical or practice-based learning. The theory-practice gap is one of the most significant issues in nursing today, given the emphasis on evidence-based practice. This article describes the use of a K-W-L chart as an approach to bridge the theory-practice gap and encourage students to become self-directed and take ownership of their knowledge...
December 28, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Vicki Schug, Patricia Finch-Guthrie, Janet Benz
This article describes team-based pedagogical strategies for a hybrid, four-credit research methods course with students from nursing, exercise, and nutrition science. The research problem of concussion in football, a socially relevant and controversial topic, was used to explore interprofessional perspectives and develop shared problem solving. The course was designed using permanent teams, readiness assurance, application exercises, and peer evaluation to facilitate student achievement of competencies related to interprofessional collaboration and research application...
December 18, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Pamela Crary
This article describes an innovative elective nursing course developed and implemented in a private, liberal arts school of nursing grounded in Dominican values of study, reflection, and action. Course development, course content, and highlights and lowlights of the first cohort experience and implications for the community are discussed, along with background about veteran-centered care.
December 18, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Sabrina Beroz, Nancy Sullivan, Vanessa Kramasz, Patricia Morgan
Educating nursing students to safely care for multiple patients has become an important but challenging focus for nurse educators. New graduate nurses are expected to manage care for multiple patients in a complex and multifaceted health care system. With patient safety as a priority, multiple-patient assignments are necessary in order for nursing students to learn how to effectively prioritize and delegate care. The purpose of this project was the construction of an adaptable and flexible template for the development of multiple-patient simulations...
December 18, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Nicole Auxier, Holly Simpson
The dedicated education unit (DEU) clinical education model has been identified nationally as an innovative model for clinical nursing education. This article identifies the core values of the DEU clinical faculty coordinator role and describes the transformation of this role across three clinical models. The role has been adapted to fit the needs of acute care, post-acute care, and community nursing DEU models, meeting the needs of the clinical educational environment and clinical staff as well as student learning outcomes...
December 13, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Mohamed El Hussein, Vincent Salyers, Joseph Osuji
Nursing students and nurses often struggle with understanding pathophysiology concepts. Seventy-five students participated in two phases of an exploratory study that evaluated knowledge of pathophysiology concepts when taught using an innovation known as "visual narrative illustrations" (VNIs). Students taught using VNIs performed significantly better on a knowledge posttest and commented that the VNI humor and visual images helped them learn complex concepts. Used in combination with other teaching strategies, VNIs enhanced knowledge and understanding of pathophysiology concepts...
December 13, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Julie Kientz Elting
Clinical compliance for nursing students is a complex process mandating them to meet facility employee occupational health requirements for immunization, screening, and training prior to patient contact. Nursing programs monitor clinical compliance with in-house management of student records, either paper or electronic, or by contracting with a vendor specializing in online record tracking. Regardless of method, the nursing program remains fully accountable for student preparation and bears the consequences of errors...
December 13, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Kathleen A Kent, Carol A Clark
While aligning our nurse practitioner curriculum to the competencies of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, we realized that there was a lack of oral health content in our program. As we did not possess the knowledge needed to teach this content, we invited a dental school faculty member to do this for our class. This experience led to a change in the delivery of our teaching content through the use of the STAR Legacy Cycle model and the How People Learn theory. The purpose of this article is to share our journey with others...
December 13, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Leeanne Pront, Amanda Müller, Adam Koschade, Alison Hutton
AIM: The aim of this research was to investigate videogame-based learning in nursing education and establish how videogames are currently employed and how they link to the development of decision-making, motivation, and other benefits. BACKGROUND: Although digital game-based learning potentially offers a safe and convenient environment that can support nursing students developing essential skills, nurse educators are typically slow to adopt such resources. METHOD: A comprehensive search of electronic databases was conducted, followed by a thematic analysis of the literature...
December 9, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Melanie R Keiffer
The nursing research class requires faculty to create a spirit of inquiry while integrating technology, flexibility, and responsiveness to student needs. This article discusses new pedagogies to actively engage students in the evidence-based nursing process and the achievement of course learning outcomes. Through course exemplar, the author demonstrates a creative method to engage traditional baccalaureate nursing students in a nursing project that links evidence to improved patient outcomes.
December 5, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Cynthia A Blum
The purpose of this pilot interventional study was to examine relationships between adjunctive podcast viewing and nursing students' critical thinking (CT) abilities. Participants were last semester/preceptorship nursing students. The intervention group was given unrestricted access to a CT podcast. There was no statistical significance between Health Sciences Reasoning Test pretest and posttest scores, the number of times the podcast was viewed, and specific demographic factors. The results suggest that CT podcast viewing did not improve CT abilities...
December 5, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Audra Lewis
AIM: The aim of the study was to realign how nurses view simulation in nursing education as a means of facilitating fluency in knowledge and action to promote expertise in practice. BACKGROUND: Nursing expertise is attained by translating complex phenomena across multiple representations and by constructing meaning through experience. Simulation provides learners the experiences necessary to develop fluency in thought and action. METHOD: Procedures outlined by Hupcey and Penrod (2005) and Walker and Avant (2011) were used to identify uses, defining attributes, philosophical assumptions, contextual factors, and values of the concept...
November 27, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Deanna L Reising, Breya James, Ben Morse
AIM: The purpose of this study was to explore and describe students' perceptions of clinical instructor characteristics that affect their clinical experiences. BACKGROUND: Clinical instructors can have a profound impact on student clinical experiences, yet little is known about what clinical instructor characteristics promote and hinder quality clinical experiences from the student perspective. METHOD: A multisite prospective, descriptive exploratory design was used...
November 18, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Nicole Robert
Unsuccessful nursing students have a great impact on nursing programs. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationships among preadmission HESI A2 (Health Education Systems, Incorporated Admission Assessment) score, science and math course grades, program completion, and NCLEX-RN success in an associate degree nursing program using a retrospective, correlational research design. A statistically significant relationship was found between preadmission examination scores and successful NCLEX-RN passage on first attempt...
November 9, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Michelle Germain, Colleen O'Leary-Kelley, Deepika Goyal, Sulekha Anand
Nursing duties are often sensitive in nature and may contribute to feelings of inadequacy for students, especially when providing postpartum care. Our study assessed confidence levels among 61 junior baccalaureate nursing students before and after a simulation workshop with a follow-up survey administered after completion of two full clinical days on a postpartum unit. The four-hour simulation included stations for breast, fundus, and lochia exam skills. Overall confidence and confidence in performing patient assessments were significantly increased at postsimulation and follow-up (p < ...
October 26, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
Delene R Volkert
Reflection allows students to integrate learning with their personal context, developing deeper knowledge and promoting critical thinking. Word clouds help students develop themes/concepts beyond traditional methods, introducing visual aspects to an online learning environment. Students created word clouds and captions, then responded to those created by peers for a weekly discussion assignment. Students indicated overwhelming support for the use of word clouds to develop deeper understanding of the subject matter...
January 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Esther Gravis
The end-of-life lecture has historically led to an emotionally difficult day for first-semester nursing students. The instructor implemented a few small changes to update the end-of-life lecture content, and as a result, positive outcomes were found. The purpose of this project was to provide a positive end-of-life experience for first-semester nursing students. A variety of small changes were implemented to achieve this goal.
January 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Diane M Ellis, Colleen Meakim, Patricia Prieto, Melissa O'Connor
Chronically ill older adults are at risk for avoidable adverse events especially during care transitions, the transfer to one care setting or one level of care to another. Because of the expected increase in the older adult population, increased demand for transitional care is anticipated. Despite the consistent call for expanded competencies in care transitions, nursing education has not incorporated these concepts into nursing curricula. To fill this gap, Villanova University developed patient care scenarios and simulations incorporating standardized patients to demonstrate the needs, risks, and potential complications associated with transitioning patients from acute care to home...
January 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
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