Editor-in-Chief: Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
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About this Issue: November/December 2014

Are nursing students learning proper hand hygiene techniques during clinical simulation and practice?  Maybe not. When a hospital reported a 44% hand hygiene compliance rate among nursing students, the faculty took on the challenge of meeting the hospital's expectation of at least 90% compliance. Whitcomb describes the multidimensional approach they developed to improve students' hand hygiene compliance; they intervened in the school's simulation center and clinical area. How do students interpret items on your student evaluation of teaching (SET) tools?  Powell and colleagues examined their SET tool and students’ understanding of the items:  student perceptions varied greatly. Read this paper before the end of the semester!  Have you participated in discussions on whether your clinical practice experiences should be scheduled as 1 long day (e.g., 12 hours in length) or 2 shorter back-to-back days?  Faculty in an associate degree nursing program decided to study the outcomes of these 2 models:  read Danner’s article on what they found. Another article in this issue describes how a faculty rallied together and developed a Positive Progression approach to promote student success in their nursing program. Northam et al. provide data about 61 nursing journals to help novice and seasoned authors make decisions about journal selection for manuscript submission. They report information about these journals not available elsewhere. Are you using multiple patient simulations in your nursing program?  An article describes use of these simulations to promote development of students’ and new graduates’ leadership and patient care management skills and provides guidelines on how to create and implement them. Other articles are on the use of an academic electronic medical record, a nurse managed advocacy clinic for student experience, an end-of-life service learning course for students, and an integrative review of instruments for measuring the clinical learning environment. Plus…read our departments.

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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 and learn more about this important study in the September/October 2014 issue of Nurse Educator.




Nurse educators recognize the need for deliberate and strategic integration of informatics in nursing programs. In this video Jennifer L. Titzer and Constance F. Swenty describe how their faculty integrated an academic electronic health record into the curriculum using Kotter’s framework. This video and article in our Technology Corner in the September/October 2014 issue provide guidelines for you to use in your own nursing programs.





A multidimensional approach to improve nursing students’ hand hygiene compliance was used by faculty in the school’s simulation center and clinical area. Their approach showed positive, sustainable improvement in students’ hand hygiene compliance. View the video now and read the article in the November/December 2014 issue of Nurse Educator.






Students (N = 134) created a 5-minute narrated digital story using VoiceThread technology. Through the writing and sharing of digital stories, they embraced the personal and complex nature of palliative care.  View the video now and look for the full article in the upcoming March/April 2014 issue of Nurse Educator  


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