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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Active Learning Strategies in the Classroom

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

The complex role of today’s nurses warrants higher levels of critical thinking and clinical judgment skills. Critical thinking is recognized as an essential component of nursing practice by the National League for Nursing (NLN). Critical thinking is crucial to providing safe, competent, and skillful nursing practice. Not only is it important what students learn, but equally important is how they learn. It is important … view full post »

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Educated To Teach?

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

Did completing a Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) program prepare me, a Bachelor’s prepared expert (Benner, 1984) level practicing registered nurse, to be an effective educator in a school of nursing?

The organizing framework of the Master’s in Nursing Program I attended focused on 14 concepts. The 6 organizing framework concepts most influential in molding and shaping my future as a nurse educator were: research, … view full post »

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You are not alone.

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

Have you ever felt alone? As a nursing faculty member, I did at times.

It didn’t matter if it was a community college or a large university setting. I felt that the struggles I was having with student’s behaviors, engagement and learning was me or something I was doing. At first I thought it was my newness to academia, but I loved teaching and seemed to … view full post »

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The Power of a Cohort and of Collaborative Groups

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

Robert Kegan’s Theory of Adult Development (1982, 1994) considers a person as a maker of meaning throughout his or her lifespan. We employ this framework to suggest why and how the use of cohorts in adult basic education.

Growth processes, such as learning and teaching processes, depend on connections, and these processes, according to Kegan’s theory, invariably occur in some context (Kegan, 1982). Students with … view full post »

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