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.
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Something magical happens when good simulation occurs! Watching students grow and learn using simulation-based learning to develop critical thinking skills, decision-making skills, and have those “light bulb moments” is one of the most rewarding parts of being a nurse educator.
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The process of testing yourself and actively retrieving information helps increase your long-term retention of the concepts you have retrieved.