Lessons from the Side Lines

By Lynn Weber, RN, BSN

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”    Michael Jordan

             Spending a lot of time with my children in team sports, I have learned a great deal, just sitting on the bench. The way I … view full post »

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Plain English for Nursing

By Dawn Catlin, MSN, RN, Kaplan Faculty Nurse Consultant

English as a second language (ESL) or English as an alternate language (EAL) nursing students tend to have poor test taking skills and there is a strong correlation between lack of English proficiency and National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) failure (O’Neil, Marks, & Liu, 2006). According to a study conducted by Bosher (2003) of multiple choice nursing test questions, of the 673 items reviewed … view full post »

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Strategic Plans for Nursing Schools in Preparation for the Nursing Shortage

By Becky Oglesby, DNP, RN, Kaplan Nurse Consultant

A dedicated endeavor of nursing schools is for students to become safe and knowledgeable clinicians, and successfully pass the National Certification Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse. Administrators can perform an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) and then construct objectives and planning for each, to plan for the future nursing shortage and start a recruiting procedure.

As an example, … view full post »

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Relationships Still Matter… Even if they are Remote Ones

By: Rebecca L. Potter, MSN/ED, RN, Kaplan Nurse Consultant 

 

Have you ever thought about how much relationships matter? Do they still matter? How have they changed? I have and I wonder what others think about relationships in today’s world.

In practice we transitioned to a relationship based nursing care model as I am sure many of you have in the clinical settings. The Creative Health Care Management team lists 3 critical relationships that are … view full post »

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The Responsibility of Item Writing for Nursing Faculty

By Audrey S. Schou, MSN, RN, Kaplan Nursing School Consultant

“Nursing faculty at our school have a part-time schedule. They only work twelve hours each day”

 -Anonymous Nursing Faculty Member

You applied for a job as a nursing faculty member at a college of nursing because you are an expert clinician, a subject matter expert, have had years working in your field of expertise, and have the ability to connect with, and engage, students. You … view full post »

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Using Clickers in the Classroom to Increase Student Engagement

By Lisa M. Bennett, MSN, RN, Kaplan Nurse Educator Consultant

Nurse Educators are challenged to search for effective methods to engage students in their learning. The present generation of students has a preference for digital literacy, experiential learning, active participation, and immediate feedback (Klein and Kientz, 2013). Integrating clickers into the classroom is one way to increase student engagement with the present generation of students. Clickers promote active participation; provides immediate feedback; and provides the … view full post »

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Attend this new event and get 1 CE credit!

Learn how to better engage and instruct the millennial student in our NEW Continuing Education event, “Teaching Millennials.”

Rebecca Oglesby, DNP, RN and Kaplan Nursing Faculty Consultant will be discussing ways to better engage and instruct the millennial student through classroom activities and advanced technology.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015

Time: 7pm-8pm ET

1 CE credit will be given to event attendees.*

This event will take place in our Classroom Anywhere™ environment, so you can … view full post »

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Educating Nurses: A GIANT Task

By Lora Palmer, MSN, RN, Kaplan Nursing Faculty Nurse Consultant

The current trends of a nursing shortage, decrease in the number of nurse educators, and the overall demands of the changing role of the nurse educator increase the stressors of being a nurse educator (Billings & Halstead, 2012, p. 3). Nurse educators must provide an all-inclusive education to a group of students. Students that have chosen, for one reason or another, to become a nurse. … view full post »

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Teaching Millennials

By Dawn Catlin, MSN, RN, Faculty Nurse Consultant, Kaplan Nursing

This millennial generation has brought several challenges to the higher education system.  Prensky (2001) states that “today’s students are no longer the people our education system was designed to teach” (pp. 1).  It is evident a paradigm shift in how students are educated is needed.  To answer this call, some schools are drastically changing their curriculum to follow a concept-based system while others are changing … view full post »

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The Perfect Storm in Nursing Schools

By Rebecca Oglesby, DNP, RN, Faculty Nurse Consultant, Kaplan Nursing

It appears the ”perfect storm” has occurred in nursing education: 1) the NCLEX® difficulty increased greatly in 2013; 2) more nursing students are in the millennial age bracket; 3) technology has increased abundantly.   For those of us who graduated from nursing school over 10 years ago, we remember a much different classroom – and student! Many of us learned from filmstrips, transparencies and lecture. Did … view full post »

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