Reclaiming our University – and our Nursing programs

March 27, 2017
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Recently I learned about an initiative by faculty at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) to reclaim their University in the more communal sense that an academic environment should be, in response to the increasing corporatization of higher education.  They have published a Manifesto that addresses the purpose of the University, the idea of academic freedom, […]

Novel idea or routine practice?

February 23, 2017
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For a long time one thing that has consistently impressed me, over the course of my career, is the fact that nurses typically are quite clear about what they think nursing should be.  In fact that is one of the outcomes of the research studies we conducted as part of the early days on the Nurse […]

Posted in: Curriculum, Teaching

NurseManifest Declaration of Solidarity and Resistance

February 1, 2017
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As many who follow this blog know, on January 30th we posted the Nurses Declaration of Solidarity and Resistance.  In just 48 hours, we have received over 300 signatories, and a number of comments.  By far the comments reflect enthusiastic support, as well as indications that nurses are starting action based on the commitments of […]

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 […]