Editor-in-Chief: Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
ISSN: 0363-3624
Online ISSN: 1538-9855
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About this Issue: July/August 2014

Academic incivility can increase student stress, jeopardize learning, and have a negative impact on students, faculty, and the nursing program. Cynthia Clark and colleagues report on their 3-year longitudinal study of nursing students’ perceptions of stress, coping, student-student and faculty-student relationships, and levels of academic civility. The authors share what they learned in the study and strategies to improve civility in nursing programs. Preparing students to use electronic health records (EHRs) has become challenging especially in some settings where students have limited access to patients’ health records. Authors describe how they integrated a simulated EHR and online drug reference in case studies completed by students in their pharmacology course. If you need some new ideas about integrating informatics instruction in your curriculum, read the article about an assignment in which students evaluated mobile medical applications and recommended selected ones as point-of-care reference tools. Many articles have been published on simulation, but not like the one in the current issue. Authors from a Practical Nursing Program in Ontario, Canada, describe Campus Clinical, a simulation-based curriculum designed to meet the challenge of limited clinical experiences in maternal-child units. One of the strengths of this project is the integration of experiential concepts and Chickering and Gamson’s principles for good practice in education. Other papers describe academic-service partnerships for injury prevention in the community and an American Indian Tribal partnership for community health clinical education, findings of a study that compared 2 models of clinical teaching, and a graduate forensic nursing education program. What is the best way of helping students develop cultural competence?  We include an important study that evaluated the cultural competence and cultural confidence (self-efficacy) of nursing students (n=759) in 3 types of programs: those with integrated cultural content, those with a required nonnursing culture course, and those with a culture course in nursing. Only the students who had a nursing culture course reached a level of cultural competence. If you want some new ideas for teaching nursing research or another course in which you want to actively engage students, look no further than this issue – we have an article for you.

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In the May/June 2014 issue of Nurse Educator, Suhasini Kotcherlakota, PhD, and Heidi Keeler, PhD, developed a learning repository website for sharing exemplar teaching strategies and collaborating among faculty. They demonstrate their website in this video.

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We need to remove barriers that prevent nurses from progressing  seamlessly from ADN to BSN programs. This statewide study fostered a better understanding of the baccalaureate outcomes by ADN educators, and identified which of the AACN Essentials outcomes were fully met, partially met, and not met in ADN programs. The research provides evidence from which to construct an outcomes-based associate degree to baccalaureate curriculum. View the video here, and read the article in the upcoming September/October 2014 issue of Nurse Educator (39:5).




An important outcome of nursing education is the acquisition of an identity consistent with the profession’s core knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes. Hensel and Laux conducted a longitudinal study to describe factors associated with the acquisition of a professional identity over the course of prelicensure education. View the video here, and learn more about this important study in the upcoming September/October 2014 issue of Nurse Educator (39:5).


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Coming in September/October
  • Best Practice or Last Resort? Employing Graduate Teaching Assistants as Clinical Instructors
  • Use of Multiuser, High-Fidelity Virtual Simulation to Teach Leadership Styles to Nursing Students
  • Integrating an Academic Electronic Health Record in a Nursing Program: Creating a Sense of Urgency and Sustaining Change
  • Clinical Coordinator Role in a Nursing Program: Challenges and Rewards, Perils, and Pitfalls
  • Baccalaureate Outcomes Met by Associate Degree Nursing Programs
  • Transforming Doctoral Education through the Electronic Clinical Portfolio
  • Longitudinal Study of Stress, Self-Care, and Professional Identity among Nursing Students
  • Proactive Policy Planning for Unexpected Student Distress during Simulation
  • Teaching Students to Work with Vulnerable Populations Through a  Patient Advocacy Course
  • Nursing Faculty Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Development and Evaluation of a Learner-Centered Educational Summer Camp Program on Soft Skills for Baccalaureate Nursing Students
  • Tobacco Cessation Education for Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Podcasting in Undergraduate Nursing Programs