Podcasts are all the rage. A podcast is an audio file that is available on the internet for listening via any compatible device such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer (Stiffler, Stoten, & Cule, 2011). Millennials have listened to podcasts for years.
Since moving to a Concept Based Curriculum, changes are also being made to how nurse educators conduct clinical. It is important — when teaching in a concept-based curriculum — that we introduce those same concepts to students not just in the classroom but also in the clinical setting.
The use of simulation as a teaching-learning strategy has advanced at a rapid pace in the education of nurses. Schools of nursing and hospitals recognize that simulation is an effective way to evaluate performance – ultimately with an eye on improved patient outcomes.
For many nurse educators, the thought of teaching with the flipped classroom method may feel like standing on a high-dive, contemplating the long, scary jump into the water below. The good news is studies report that the flipped classroom method is an effective teaching strategy for nurse educators who want to bring active learning to the classroom.
The Tennessee Simulation Alliance began as a means to provide Tennessee nurse educators with a central location for communication, collaboration, and sharing. A national collaborative initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation provided the initial funding with the goal of establishing a stable, adequate nursing workforce.
Students are often at risk of failing the NCLEX exam. Put yourself in the students’ shoes—you work hard to earn a degree—taking two, three, four or even more years to finish. You are done! Excited, proud and ready to be a real nurse! One last step—pass the licensing exam, the NCLEX! No big deal. Right??---- Wrong! Many students are unsuccessful and struggle to pass the NCLEX exam. There are often many warning signs along the student’s educational path that the student may struggle with the NCLEX exam. Many of these warning signs are ignored or overlooked. If these warning signs were recognized and early intervention was possible, it could in fact change the outcome for the student.
Coaches call the plays and monitor progress of their team. The players practice and during games complete plays the coach has called. Today, technology is disrupting the educational setting and it is changing the way we do things by requiring educators to be coaches to support students (the players) to gain the necessary skills to navigate and integrate technology. Technology is a tool that we can use to create ways to engage students and to enhance learning and critical thinking. As nurse educators we play a vital role in providing the best environment for learning. We are mistaken of we think technology is a motivator with its shiny new gadgets. People are motivated by the opportunity to use the tools to expand their learning, answer questions, and see things they never thought they would. We need to change the way we view using technology and change it to provide meaningful ways our students can learn.
So many of our nursing students enter nursing school with high GPAs ready to conquer the world of nursing. Feeling confident that they will be nurses in a few years, they embark upon nursing courses preparing the same way they prepared for their previous courses. To their dismay, their grades suffer with the first nursing exam. Time for an intervention!
Moulage, the use of make-up to enhance clinical simulation can strike fear into the hearts of novice nurse educators. When we hear the word moulage, we conjure up images of simulation specialists working frantically to create the realistic wound or patient condition using different make up color wheels, latex, hair pieces, putty and much more. Sometimes the decision is made to forgo the use of moulage on the manikin or standardized patient because creating effective, realistic moulage is too daunting of a task.
An infographic is a contemporary way of visually outlining information to convey a comprehensive message, using pictures with fewer words. In the last decade, the popularity of infographics has increased exponentially. Not only are infographics used to capture readers’ attention, they often make complicated information more understandable. Here's how to incorporate them into your teaching process.