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About this Issue: January/February 2017
Start the year by learning about augmented reality and virtual simulation technologies for use in nursing education. Foronda and her team selected 6 newly emerging products and systems to present to readers. The supplemental digital content with this article provides visuals, videos, and other examples of each of these technologies. How well are your students developing their communication skills? Researchers examined the communication strategies used by 343 undergraduate nursing students to express empathy during simulated health history interviews. Interacting with a virtual patient, students encountered up to 9 information disclosures that warranted the expression of empathy but recognized few (33.5%) of those. The authors present strategies for guiding students’ development of empathic communication skills. Many faculty struggle with decisions about students’ clinical schedules. A study reported in this issue compared opportunities for students to develop their psychomotor skills on the clinical unit and perceptions of clinical experiences across 6-hour day, 6-hour evening, and 12-hour day schedules. The main finding was that 12-hour schedules provided an overall significantly higher rate of skill opportunities than either of the other 6-hour schedules. While QSEN competencies are used widely as a framework for developing teaching strategies and tools, there are few studies available to support a QSEN-based clinical evaluation instrument. Altmiller tackled that issue by developing and validating a clinical evaluation instrument based on QSEN for use in a prelicensure nursing program. Make sure you also read the articles on a self-assessment tool that can be used by faculty advisors to determine individual academic needs of students, holistic preadmission assessment, and test anxiety of students (which differs based on the type of exam and program level). Two articles in this issue address faculty and the work environment. One paper is on a study that examined barriers to a civil work environment for nurse faculty. In the other article Heinrich shares 10 games that nurse educators sometimes play that result in “scholarly joy stealing.” Have you experienced any of these games yourself as an educator?
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| Augmented reality and virtual simulation technologies in nursing education are burgeoning. Technologies present opportunities to improve teaching efforts, better engage students, and transform nursing education. This video and article present newly emerged products and systems that nurse educators should know about. |
|Diversity in the nursing workforce has a positive impact on the quality of care provided to minority patients. Although the number of students from diverse backgrounds entering nursing programs has increased, the attrition rate of these students remains high. In this video, Dr. McLain discusses this situation and describes a self-assessment tool that can be used by faculty advisors to determine the individual academic needs of students. |
|||Stress, in the form of test anxiety, inhibits exam performance. Salivary cortisol, a biomarker of stress, was obtained before 3 exams and 1 nursing didactic class from a sample of baccalaureate nursing students in a midwestern US university. Significant differences were found between cortisol sampling events and by junior or senior status. These findings suggest that diverse examinations and program level yield differences in stress for students. Learn more in the video and be sure to read the full article in the January/February issue. |
|Clinical site visits are important for evaluating graduate nursing students' clinical performance. This study examined the perceptions of preceptors of FNP students about site visits. Preceptors believe faculty should make at least 1 face-to-face site visit to observe a student during the semester. No preference for telephone or mobile technology for conducting site visits was identified. View the video to learn abo ut important considerations when designing guidelines for faculty site visits.|
|Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) has been prominent in nursing education for 10 years. Since its inception, faculty have used the QSEN competencies as a framework for developing teaching strategies and tools, but there are few findings available to support this practice. In this video and article, Dr. Altmiller describes the process of developing a QSEN-based clinical evaluation instrument for a prelicensure nursing program and establishing content validation for its items. |
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