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WHEN IT WORKS: Learning Community Health Nursing Concepts from Clinical Experience

LASATER, KATHIE; LUCE, LINDA; VOLPIN, MIRIAM; TERWILLIGER, ALLISON; WILD, JACKSON

Nursing Education Perspectives: March-April 2007 - Volume 28 - Issue 2 - p 88-92
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Clinical faculty often struggle to design competency demonstrations that promote quality learning experiences. A nursing program in Oregon combined mental health and community health nursing practica and required well-planned, integrated competency demonstrations. This requirement became the impetus for students to promote the health of clients and learn clinical concepts that are difficult to experience in a typical term. Faculty coached students to make a significant contribution that would last beyond their clinical practica. A case study in competency demonstration design is described, and implications for curriculum development are presented.

About the AuthorsKathie Lasater, EdD, RN, is an assistant professor at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, Portland, where Linda Luce, MS, RN, is an instructor. Miriam Volpin, BS, RN, and Allison Terwilliger, MPH, RN, have been Hartford Scholars and are doctoral students, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing. Jackson Wild, BS, RN, is a staff nurse, Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. Contact Dr. Lasater atlasaterk@ohsu.edufor more information.

Copyright 2007 by National League for Nursing, Inc.
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