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Toward Salience: An Application of Integrative, Case-Based, Nursing Education for Neonatal Advanced Practice

Bosque, Elena NNP, PhD

Advances in Neonatal Care:
doi: 10.1097/ANC.0b013e318262499b
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The purpose of this article was to present a new, integrative, case-based educational approach for neonatal advanced practice nursing students in a hybirdized long-distance program at the University of Washington. The theoretical background is based on a holistic, systems-based, and case-based approach to learning. A guideline for instructors will be included, emphasizing recommendations of Benner et al for teaching a sense of salience, integration, critical reasoning, and role formation. Such a holistic approach to neonatal advanced practice nursing education may maximize the unification of knowledge with practice and improve learning, at a time when resources are few.

Author Information

Family/Child Nursing Department, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle; and Pediatrix Medical Group, Renton, Washington.

Correspondence: Elena Bosque, NNP, PhD, Family/Child Nursing Department, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Mailbox 357262, Seattle, WA 98195 (

The author declares no funding or conflict of interest.

© 2012 National Association of Neonatal Nurses