What Is a Concept-based Curriculum?

And Why Do You Need it in Your Nursing Program?

Today’s healthcare employers expect a lot from nursing school graduates. To succeed in the nursing workforce, graduating nurses must be able to effectively connect what they learn in class to real-world practice.

As many nursing educators have discovered, moving to a concept-based curriculum can help deliver the knowledge students need for the job and equip them with the critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills they will need to ensure effective patient care.

But what does a concept-based nursing curriculum look like, and how can you confidently transition your program to this new approach?

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Nursing Content vs. Nursing Concepts

Is your course saturated with content? You’re not alone. With medical knowledge growing so quickly, memorization is no longer a viable approach for nursing students.

Unlike the traditional method of learning, which concentrates on the ability to recall specific facts in isolation, concept-based learning focuses on the big ideas and teaches students how to organize and categorize information.

So, instead of fundamentals, medical-surgical, and pediatric courses, for example, a program may have courses called introductory nursing concepts, health and wellness concepts, etc.

Nursing Concepts

Why Are Nursing Instructors Turning to Concept-Based Learning?

Concept-based learning challenges students to think more critically about the new subjects and situations they encounter by applying prior knowledge and experience. Students must think beyond the facts and connect factual knowledge to ideas of conceptual significance and find relevance.

When educators promote conceptual learning, students develop a deeper understanding of clinical concepts — giving them the ability to master and apply concepts across any number of clinical situations and patient encounters.

How to Transition to a Concept-based Nursing Curriculum?

Transitioning from your existing curriculum to a concept-based solution can seem overwhelming, but there are resources available that can not only deliver the innovative concept-based course material to help students succeed, but also a support system you can lean on for technological or curriculum help.

Lippincott® CoursePoint for Nursing Concepts is one solution that can help you manage the challenge and meet the needs of future nurses, better preparing them for practice.

Nursing Concepts

Building an Effective Concept-based Nursing Curriculum With Lippincott® CoursePoint for Nursing Concepts

Lippincott® CoursePoint for Nursing Concepts offers a curriculum solution with a robust library of course materials already organized and presented by concepts and supporting exemplars, saving you hours of preparation time. The CoursePoint platform organizes digital course content by concept and exemplars, incorporating eBook links, up-to-date evidence-based information from Lippincott® Advisor, adaptive learning powered by Lippincott® PrepU, and interactive resources such as case studies, videos and animations into a single connected experience.

CoursePoint for Nursing Concepts includes more than 2,500 digital textbook readings, drawing from world-renowned Wolters Kluwer nursing textbooks that are focused on the 58 more commonly taught concepts and nearly 400 supporting exemplars.

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