Philosophy (and practice) of Nursing Education

January 12, 2017
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Several years ago I developed a presentation that summarizes my personal philosophy of nursing education.  There is a strong emphasis on what the philosophic ideas imply for our practices – not only how we teach but what we teach.  I find that many times a year the content of this presentation come to the surface […]

Are we ready for the challenges of 2017?

December 22, 2016
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There is one thing that seems certain for the coming year – we face a historically unprecedented time of uncertainty and unrest around the world. Many of the “norms” of mainstream cultures and structures seem to be rocked to the core. Undercurrents in our social fabric that have sustained inequality and injustice for many have […]

Liberal Professors Watchlist – Really? Yes, and it could be you!

December 1, 2016
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“Inside Higher Ed” recently posted information about an alarming new website that encourages students and faculty to list liberal professors – to “expose and document” professors who “discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” This is not only a threat to the idea of academic freedom and responsibility, it […]

Losing a nurse: Caring for nursing students

November 21, 2016
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Last week, my school suffered the loss of a recent new nurse graduate. The student graduated in May, had recently passed the NCLEX , and last week she took her own life. While I was not her teacher (I teach in a different program on the same campus), I witnessed the pain and shock the […]

A Flipped Curriculum?

November 2, 2016
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This concept recently came across my eDesk by way of a report about the University of Vermont College of Medicine initiating a curriculum reform that eliminates all lecture courses, replacing them with videos that students watch on their own time, and attending active learning classes in which an instructor facilitates small group work to solve […]

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Is LGBTQ content in your nursing curriculum?

October 12, 2016
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The absence of LGBTQ content in nursing curricula is astounding.  But the good news is that a number of faculty groups have recently come to realize that this exclusion is not acceptable, and within the coming academic year many students start to understand LGBTQ health in positive and affirming ways. This shift is re-enforced by […]

Nursing Faculty Moment: On loving nursing education…

September 26, 2016
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I often wonder what keeps nursing faculty motivated and committed to supporting the growth of fledgling nurses? For myself, I found out that I was good at teaching before I became a nurse. I had a bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition, and I  worked as a health educator with moderately to morbidly obese patients. […]