Mary Ann Drake RN, PhD
Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum is offered in an eight week format. This particular format is very successful with the adult learner and attracts many of the registered nurses to Webster University’s BSN completion program. Though successful, one of the weaknesses of this type of format is the ability to provide meaningful clinical experiences over a shortened time period. This calls for some creative teaching methodologies as clinical practice is an essential piece of what we do as nurses and an important piece to do well in nursing education.
The traineeship will provide the opportunity to continue to build the clinical component of our program which would strengthen what we currently offer. I will look at available technology as a means of enriching current clinical experiences within the eight week format. The pedagogical issues to be addressed within each of the courses are time (eight week terms), depth of clinical experiences, clinical interviews, clinical narratives, building on research application skills, developing a strand on Benner’s research on developing clinical expertise and clinical narratives, and interactive modules based on web enhanced course work.
With available technologies I could build on this piece of the course by developing a web page. The web page would include links to further support what the students are doing within their clinical component. Several options would be a piece on clinical narratives. Benner (1991) I would interview practicing public health nurses about their practice. This would build on research completed with Lee SmithBattle and Margaret Diekemper (SmithBattle, L., Diekemper, M. & Drake, M.A., 1999).
On the web site I could add links to enrich the community assessment assignment. Tools that I am aware of that I may use on a web page are as follows:
My proposal for this course would be similar to the Community Health Nursing course with the development of a course web page. I would include interviews with practicing nurses in leadership positions. The students within this course observe a leader within the clinical area but this would provide them with exposure with nurse leaders in various practice settings.
Outcomes/Benefit of the Project
There are several outcomes/benefits of this project: