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Nursing Education Perspectives

Allison J Terry
The author proposes the use of a collaborative approach to prepare nursing students to implement relationship-based care through the use of a dedicated education unit. This collaboration would use the phases of relationship-based care, Benner's novice-to-expert stages, and the semesters of the typical upper division nursing curriculum. The ways in which relationship-based care can enhance the learning process for nursing students are discussed.
July 18, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Miriam R B Abbott, Peggy Shaw
A standardized rubric for writing assessment can improve concordance in expectations across a nurse educator community; however, standardization may also pose a perceived threat to faculty academic freedom. To improve assessment consistency while retaining academic freedom, an innovative rubric system that offers a compromise is proposed; it includes both standardized objective areas of assessment as well as areas of assessment for individualized instructor determination. In creating a hybrid standardized rubric, a community of nurse educators can retain academic freedom while better serving students with consistent expectations for writing skills...
July 9, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Elizabeth M Long, Kelli White
Nursing students need innovative educational approaches to bridge generational and cultural differences and improve communication skills with patients who are cognitively impaired. An individualized music and memory intervention for older adults with dementia and communication issues was implemented. A review of weekly student journals provided information regarding the use of the approach as an alternative therapy and benefit for students. The usefulness of the music and memory program as an innovative learning tool has widespread applicability to various health care settings...
July 9, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Lindsey Unterseher
Current nursing students are more technologically adept than past generations; they are accustomed to using technology in their everyday life. Proficiency in technology is a major asset, and as such, nursing education should provide for opportunities with technology that will support future practice. This article reports on a group project effectively used to capitalize on this skill while encouraging active engagement in learning about health promotion. Student groups created a social marketing campaign consisting of a summary of their campaign, one infogram, and one 30-second video focused on a topic area from Healthy People 2020...
July 9, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Dana C Kemery, Joanne Farley Serembus
In recent years, online graduate nursing programs throughout the United States have seen unprecedented growth that has resulted in a greater need for adjunct faculty who can adequately teach in an online format. Frequently, adjunct faculty are not prepared to teach online as they are not offered the necessary continued support in their roles. Through the development of an onboarding program, barriers for teaching online were eliminated. The program is supported by a faculty learning community and continuous professional development workshops...
July 9, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Debra R Hanna
Teaching strategies that use pedagogy of inquiry and contextualization are needed to ensure that nursing students will be well prepared to manage increasingly complex patient information. The rationale for using motion pictures to teach theoretical thinking is explained, and an assignment that uses motion pictures is described. Film scene assignments facilitate learning theoretical thinking skills, reading clinical situations, and understanding how theory can be useful to problem-solve ambiguous clinical situations...
July 9, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Cynthia Jones, Sherry Chesak, Diane Forsyth, Sonja Meiers
This pilot study compared the implementation of the innovative dedicated education unit (DEU) clinical model on quality of care with the traditional clinical model using missed nursing care as a quality indicator. A university and academic medical center partnered to conduct this quasiexperimental study, which is the first to use missed nursing care as a quality indicator when assessing transition to the DEU model. Evidence suggests that quality of care was maintained during DEU implementation.
July 9, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Zelne Zamora, Joanna Shedd, Panicha Kittipha
Clinical simulation in nursing has become increasingly valuable in helping students learn tasks and assessments in a nonthreatening environment. Evaluating student assessments can promote collegiality among faculty. This article focuses on three tips for faculty used by one university to objectively capture a clinical snapshot in a cost-effective manner: 1) write one's own scenarios, 2) create assessment forms using Word, and 3) employ bar scanning with quick response code readers.
July 9, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Angie Docherty
AIM: The aim of the study was to explore and understand the phenomenon of "failing to fail." BACKGROUND: Phase 1 of a mixed-methods study suggested faculty in clinical settings instructed students that should not have passed preceding placements; students in didactic settings also passed exams that merited a fail. Phase 2 explored this phenomenon. METHOD: A multisite qualitative case study targeted baccalaureate and community college faculty to support analysis using replication logic...
July 9, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Cheryl Williams, Laurie Dickstein-Fischer
AIM: The focus of this study was to examine which attributes school counselors perceive as necessary for middle and high school students interested in a career in nursing. BACKGROUND: School counselors play a pivotal role in secondary students' career development but were found to have limited knowledge about the need for increased academic rigor in nursing. METHOD: A national sample of 204 school counselors responded to a web-based survey that examined perceptions of necessary attributes of prospective nursing students...
July 9, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Immaculata N Igbo, Ejim N Sule
A university-based, student-run nursing organization improved cultural awareness, academic environment, and performance for members of the organization. The International Student Nursing Organization sponsored cultural events and a peer mentoring program. Members who participated in the peer mentoring program were randomly matched as mentors (seniors) or mentees (juniors); mentors were awarded service hours. Statistical data was tracked over two semesters for the first cohort of students. Mentors had a higher aggregate score on their comprehensive exit and nursing licensure exams when compared to their graduating class as a whole...
July 9, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Lesley A Andrew, Patricia M Baxter
Decreasing access to clinical sites, inconsistency in student learning experiences, and lack of faculty have compelled nursing schools to incorporate more simulation into their curricula. Professional organizations, regulating bodies, and schools of nursing support its use. The Nursing 2 Challenge simulation activity was designed to give second-semester nursing students an opportunity to improve skill competence and critical thinking utilizing a systematic, preplanned station rotation format in the safe setting of the nursing campus lab...
July 9, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Donna M Glynn, Judith Wendt, Bonnie Russell, Grace Conley, Patrick Hill
Clinical nurses' perceptions of a senior capstone dedicated educational unit (DEU) model to transition to practice was evaluated in a pilot study. Nursing students were placed in the traditional capstone and the DEU senior capstone unit with clinical nurses. Staff nurses completed an online survey to compare and contrast satisfaction and effectiveness of the models. The results of the study revealed no perceived differences in the outcomes of a DEU experience as compared to the traditional preceptor model. However, nursing management reported an improved sense of leadership and teamwork on the unit with the DEU model...
June 28, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Jacqueline Kern
The Course Evaluation Summary (CES) is a data collection and analysis tool designed to assess the extent to which course learning outcomes are met by students within a course. Course assignments and assessments are linked to outcomes, allowing for the comparison of target and actual outcomes and the identification of strengths and areas of concern. The CES allows faculty to develop an action plan for course improvement as needed and to document implemented course changes and student concerns. Used every semester, the CES provides a history of continuous course evaluation and course improvement...
June 27, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Sara K Kaylor, Paige T Johnson
The American Nurses Association declared 2017 the Year of the Healthy Nurse. In an effort to promote a healthy academic environment, faculty and staff in institutions of higher learning should serve as role models for healthy living for their students. This article describes an innovative approach to cultivating a healthy academic environment. Details about planning and implementation are provided along with recommendations for future implementation.
June 27, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Jennifer Gunberg Ross
A one-group, repeated-measures study explored the effect of repetitive practice with peer mentoring on skill competence and retention of vital signs and auscultation of breath and heart sounds in baccalaureate nursing students. Vital signs competence significantly increased after repetitive practice with peer mentoring. Skill competence in vital signs and auscultation of breath and heart sounds did not significantly change four months after repetitive practice with peer mentoring. This study suggests that repetitive practice with peer mentoring may show promise to enhance skill competence and retention; however, more research is needed to support these findings...
June 25, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Elizabeth A Gazza, Teresa Shellenbarger, Diane F Hunker
AIM: This study explored master of science in nursing students' self-assessed use of the evidence-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) of scholarly writing. BACKGROUND: Understanding MSN students' self-assessed use of the KSAs of writing can help faculty better prepare MSN graduates to advance the science of nursing through scholarly writing. METHOD: A descriptive correlational design was used to determine how a national sample of 76 MSN students assessed their ability to demonstrate the KSAs of scholarly writing and to determine associations between select demographic variables and the self-assessment results...
June 21, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Kimberly A Link, Kara S Haughtigan, Dawn Garrett-Wright
Simulation exercises can be used to provide poverty-related content that might be lacking in traditional clinical settings. A descriptive qualitative study design was used to examine the use of a poverty simulation in mental health nursing. Thematic analysis of reflective journals indicated students viewed the poverty simulation as a positive, realistic, and informative learning experience; had a better understanding of how poverty impacts health; and expressed changes in attitudes toward providing care. Results from this study suggest poverty simulations can be used to illustrate key concepts taught in mental health nursing, including empathy, advocacy, and refrainment from judging patients...
June 21, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Jennifer Gunberg Ross, Brittany Beckmann, Christina Goumas
The millennial generation shows a strong preference for informatics and technology-rich educational environments. The purpose of this descriptive, qualitative study was to understand baccalaureate nursing students' perceptions of the use of Facebook as a platform to present patient case study data. After following a simulated patient on Facebook and developing a teaching plan based on data collected from the patient's Facebook page, undergraduate nursing students completed a survey to determine their perceptions of this teaching strategy...
June 21, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
Linda Moody, Cynthia Teel, Jill Peltzer
AIM: This project developed a comprehensive set of bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) completion messaging materials that associate degree in nursing (ADN) faculty can use to advise and encourage students to complete the BSN. BACKGROUND: The Future of Nursing report calls for increasing the proportion of baccalaureate-prepared nurses to 80 percent by 2020. Faculty who teach in ADN programs have opportunities to advise students in advancing their nursing education yet often lack information to guide these conversations...
June 21, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
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