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Where Is the Evidence for Teaching Methods Used in Nursing Education?

McCartney, Patricia R. PhD, RNC, FAAN; Morin, Karen H. DSN, RN

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: November-December 2005 - Volume 30 - Issue 6 - p 406-412

Twenty-first century maternal-child faculty members are now being encouraged to base their teaching practice on sound evidence. Finding that evidence, however, can be challenging. This article discusses not only the current state of research on teaching in nursing, but also how and where educators can access information about teaching that is based on research. It also describes strategies educators can use to develop an evidence-based approach to teaching. Topics included in this discussion include recommended literature resources in nursing and education, bibliographic database search techniques, guides for appraisal of quantitative and qualitative research, and relevant nursing education and general education professional organizations. In addition, an evidence hierarchy from the field of education is introduced to rank educational studies in nursing. If nurse educators are to apply the evidence-based process used in clinical practice to the practice of nursing education, more research is needed in this field.

It is not only practice areas that need outcome evidence. What about teaching? Do nurse educators know the best methods for teaching their students? Drs. McCartney and Morin have searched through this literature and are ready to help you find the answers.

Patricia R. McCartney, PhD, RNC, FAAN, is a Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, University of Buffalo, and an Editorial Board Member of MCN . She can be reached via e-mail

Karen H. Morin, DSN, RN, is a Professor, Western Michigan University, Bronson School of Nursing, and an Editorial Board Member of MCN . She can be reached via e-mail

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.