Many nurse educators are “flipping the classroom.” If you are interested in this method, read the article by Burden et al. They describe their collaborations with other faculty, simulation personnel, and IT to redesign the pedagogy of their psychiatric mental health nursing course. They also provide a visual that shows the strategies students use in preparation for class, in class, and for clinical practice. Do you need a new way of teaching skills in your nursing program? An article in this issue describes the use of peer-student validation for learning basic skills.
Students in the peer validation group were not only more satisfied with their skills lab but also had improved communication skills with patients. Simulation design should be theory based. Chmil et al applied a model of experiential learning to design a simulation experience and evaluated its effect on development of clinical nursing judgment. Nursing education can be stressful for any student, but transgender nursing students experience the additional stress of being in the gender minority. An article in this issue focuses on the needs of the transgender nursing student and suggests interventions to support their academic success. Other articles describe a student run journal club, strategies you can use for getting started with interprofessional education, developing an electronic portfolio, a curriculum revision process for an associate degree to baccalaureate-level curriculum, telehealth content in nursing curricula (do you have any in yours?), nursing students’ attitudes toward patients who lie, the professional values of nursing students, and a study about students' assessment of clinical faculty competencies and the faculty members' self-assessment. Have you received an email asking you to submit a manuscript to a new, open access journal? Promising 1 day for peer review? 2 days to publication? Beware: this email is probably from a predatory journal. Our guest editorial describes predatory publishing. Also check our News items on open access journals and to obtain a resource on nursing education journals. Make sure you read the article written by Kathleen Heinrich on scholarly writing styles.
Marilyn Oermann, Editor-in-Chief