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Impact of Peer-Assisted Learning with Standardized Patients in a Prelicensure Nursing Course

Video Author: Tracy P. George, DNP, RN, APRN-BC, CNE, Dorie Lynn Weaver, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, and Sarah H. Kershner, PhD, CHES
Published on: 07.05.2018
Associated with: Nurse Educator. 43(4):176-177, July/August 2018

In the authors’ prelicensure nursing program, junior students enrolled in the first adult health course were recruited to be standardized patients (SPs) and peer teachers for the first-semester junior students in health assessment. The students who were SPs were able to count the experience as clinical practice hours. The simulated experiences were implemented in examination rooms that resembled a realistic clinical environment. Students obtained a history and performed a focused physical assessment on the SP, who assessed their clinical competence. Learn more about this innovative teaching strategy in this video and the article.

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Creator: Karen Dunn and Cheryl Riley-Doucet
Duration: 6:42
In this video the authors discuss how they used integrative learning strategies and complexity theory in designing complex simulations for students. The simulation scenarios were role played by the students, which enabled them to verbalize therapeutic communication skills, practice technical skills, and use their knowledge of physical and mental health symptoms to portray a patient with these comorbidities. The student-led simulation scenarios were evaluated to determine if the participants perceived them to be an effective and important simulation learning experience.
Creator: Cynthia L. Foronda, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Duration: 6:29
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.
Creator: Christine Latham
Charmaine Lim
Emily Nguyen
Duration: 6:52
This video and article share best practices for addressing concerns of first-generation and minority students as they begin their nursing program. An interactive, peer-developed, 2-day program was implemented to create a sense of community and relieve students’ anxiety. The program focused on students’ needs and provided engagement, networking, and first-hand experience with resources and methods to reduce cultural dissonance. Participation included critiquing modeling of proper clinical attire, meeting with peer mentors, and locating important campus resources. The program, was conducted by minority students under the supervision and guidance of faculty mentors.
Creator: Gerry Altmiller
Duration: 3:38
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.
Creator: Dr. Ragan Johnson
Duration: 3:04
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. The study provides important considerations when designing guidelines for faculty site visits.
Creator: Brenda Leda Quinn
Duration: 2:27
In this video abstract and article, the author describes an innovative, yet low-technology approach, to using edible curriculum aids to engage students in active learning during a lesson related to foundational pharmacological concepts. The specific concept taught through the use of food as a curriculum aid was drug half-life.
Creator: Marcia Laux
Duration: 3:18
In a large online RN to BSN program, faculty embraced the use of electronic portfolios (e-portfolios) for documenting student assignments and learning, overall program evaluation, and student professional development. Watch this video to learn about e-portfolios and how the faculty used them for program evaluation. Make sure you read the article and watch the second video about this article.
Creator: Mary Benbenek
Duration: 3:01
Determining when advanced practice registered nurse students are safe and competent for beginning-level practice is challenging. In this video Dr. Benbenek describes the development and testing of a capstone objective structured clinical examination designed to evaluate the practice readiness of students enrolled in the family, adult-gerontology, women's health nurse practitioner, and nurse-midwifery tracks. This is a must-read article.
Creator: Kimberly A. Noble, MBA, BSN, RN
Coleen E. Toronto, PhD, RN, CNE
Duration: 3:50
The author describes a community partnership that includes a writing-for-publication health promotion activity for RN-BS students enrolled in a population health nursing course. The faculty member for the course contacted the Youth Health Connection (YHC) program coordinator to inquire about the possibility for student-authored article submissions in the YHC e-newsletter. This outreach began a unique educational partnership that affords RN-BS nursing students the opportunity to author health promotion articles and has led to other initiatives between the health system and nursing department.
Creator: Jennifer J. Coleman, PhD
Duration: 3:24
Are you struggling with how to prepare prelicensure nursing students with the ethical and moral decision-making skills they will need as nurses? This article describes the use of theater as one approach to teaching nursing ethics. Students perform as actors, directors, and discussion leaders in a series of simulated ethical scenarios designed to encourage individual accountability and responsibility for action.
Creator: Mary Ellen Burke, MS, RN, CNM
Raeann G. Leblanc, DNP, CNP-BC, ANP-BC
Elizabeth A. Henneman, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN
Duration: 3:38
Communication skills are essential to providing quality care to patients and families and interacting with nurses and other health care professionals. Nurse educators are responsible for preparing students to appropriately engage in the communication process. The authors describe a simple approach for teaching nursing students the basics (ABCDs) of a professional introduction. You can use these guidelines in a simulation or clinical setting. Watch the video and learn more about the ABCDs of professional introductions by reading the article.
Creator: Sharron J. Crowder, PhD, NJ
Duration: 3:12
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students need to be effective health policy leaders and contribute their expertise to legislative discussions. As faculty, we need to prepare students with these competencies. Dr. Crowder describes a state legislative fellowship based on Kolb’s experiential learning theory. Watch this video and read the article to learn how to develop legislative experiential learning opportunities for your students.
Creator: Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC
Duration: 3:16
Dr. Altmiller explains the importance of feedback in student learning. She shares best practices and strategies for giving constructive feedback to students. Whether you are a novice or an experienced teacher, you will learn from this video and her article.
Creator: Jodi McDaniel, PhD, RN
Joni Tornwall, Med, RN
Duration: 5:37
The challenge to educate increasing numbers of nursing students at all levels in both online and in-class environments calls for innovative instructional strategies that may include technology-based assignments. These authors describe a case study assignment developed for a graduate-level pathophysiology course that required students to create digitally enhanced patient stories. Nursing students enrolled in the online and in-class sections of the course worked together using commonly available learning technology tools to create content that bridged pathophysiology concepts and clinical practice.
Creator: Heidi Mennenga, PhD, RN
Susan Bassett, MS, RN, CNE
Duration: 3:42
In an effort to create an interactive cultural opportunity for nursing students, Dr. Mennenga created a unique clinical experience by “matching” nursing with international students located on the same college campus. Watch this video and read the article to learn about this creative, inexpensive approach to providing a cultural clinical experience for nursing students. using resources on one’s very own campus.
Creator: Jodie Gary, PhD, RN
Duration: 3:03
Learn about reverse engineering and how the faculty used it to introduce RN to BSN students to nursing research and evidence-based practice (EBP). Reverse engineering of a nursing practice guideline offered a method for teaching these students an appreciation of research and supporting nursing practice with best evidence.
Creator: Kelly Vowell Johnson, EdD, RN
Duration: 3:17
Many schools of nursing use adjunct and part time nurse educators to teach clinical courses. Dr. Johnson reports on the outcomes of a faculty development workshop to prepare these educators for evaluating their students in the clinical setting. The instructors valued using a student-oriented learning outline, gained knowledge about assessment, and indicated they would engage in activities to increase their knowledge of assessment. Watch this video and read Dr. Johnson’s article to gain some tips for preparing clinical educators in your nursing program.
Creator: Shelby Garner
Duration: 3:46
Clinical research nursing is distinct from nursing research and includes the coordination and delivery of care for patients enrolled in clinical research trials. Watch this video to learn more about the authors’ innovative elective in clinical research nursing. It was developed collaboratively by stakeholders at a university, research institute, and national organization to provide experiential learning for undergraduate nursing students.
Creator: Desiree Hensel
Duration: 2:45
This study compared the drinking patterns of 123 female nursing students with those of 185 female students of other majors enrolled beyond the freshman year at a large public university. High-risk drinking patterns did not vary significantly between the 2 groups, suggesting that students' drinking patterns reflected the norms of their institution. Prevention strategies geared at campus culture and that target students still enrolled in prerequisites may be needed to reduce alcohol abuse in nursing students.
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Duration: 3:23
Dr. Lonneman describes 6 teaching strategies for raising nursing students? cultural awareness, a key aspect of cultural competence. In the article he also reports on the effectiveness of an educational intervention he developed using these strategies.
Creator: Joyce Victor-Chmil
Duration: 2:44
Simulation design should be theory based and its effect on outcomes evaluated. This study applied a model of experiential learning to design a simulation experience, examined how this design affected clinical nursing judgment development, and described the relationship between clinical nursing judgment development and student performance when using the experiential learning design. Findings suggest that using an experiential learning simulation design results in more highly developed nursing judgment and competency in simulation performance.
Creator: Drew Curtis, PhD
Duration: 3:08
This study examined nursing students’ beliefs about indicators of deception and their attitudes toward patient deception. Nursing students (n=58) from various nursing programs completed a Detection of Deception Questionnaire and Attitudes Toward Patient Deception Scale. Nursing students have a number of inaccurate beliefs about deception and possess negative attitudes toward patients who lie. Implications for nursing education are discussed by the author.
Creator: Rachel Scherzer, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC
Kathryn Shaffer, EdD, RN, CNE
Kathryn Maceyko, BSN, RN
Jessica Webb, BSN, RN
Duration: 7:41
Nurse educators need new strategies that will engage students in the application of research and evidence-based practice. In this video and article the faculty members describe how they attempted to achieve these goals by forming an extracurricular student-run journal club.
Creator: Sherry L. Farra, RN, PhD, CNE
Sherrill J. Smith, RN, PhD, CNL, CNE
Duration: 4:34
Increasing numbers and severity of disasters across the globe require nurses be prepared to provide leadership in disaster situations. To address this need, the authors developed a combination of didactic and simulation exercises to provide a daylong experience for students, emphasizing application of nursing leadership skills in disasters.
Creator: Dale O’Neal, MSN, MSEd, RN
Meg Zomorodi, PhD, RN, CNL
Jennie Wagner, EdD, RN, IBCLC
Duration: 3:23
The author discusses the attitudes, influences, and practices of associate degree nursing (ADN) faculty in relation to advising students about nursing education progression. ADN faculty have a sense of moral and personal responsibility to encourage students to continue their education. Lack of faculty knowledge of program details and multiple demands on their time influence their advising practices.
Creator: Anne M. Schoening, PhD, RN, CNE
Other Authors: M. Susan Selde, MS
Joely T. Goodman, MSN, RN
Joyce C. Tow, PhD(c), APRN-WHNP-BC
Cindy L. Selig, DNP, APRN, RNC-OB, CPLC
Chris Wichman, PhD
Amy Cosimano, EdD, RN
Duration: 3:39
This study evaluated learning outcomes and student perceptions of collaborative learning in an undergraduate nursing program. Participants in this 3-phase action research study included students enrolled in a traditional and an accelerated nursing program. The number of students who passed the unit examination was not significantly different between the 3 phases. Students had positive and negative perceptions about the use of collaborative learning.
Creator: Desiree Hensel, PhD, RN, PCNS, CNE
Don Lyon, OD, MS, FAAO
Duration: 2:28
To meet a curricular need to redesign pediatric clinical education and to increase interprofessional education (IPE), we piloted a clinical experience for students at a school of optometry’s pediatric clinic. Consistent with Barr’s IPE practice model, objectives were created for common, complementary, and collaborative competencies for the clinical experience. The common objectives, those areas both nurses and optometrists need to know, were to describe common pediatric vision problems and screening techniques and use developmentally appropriate communication. Examining nursing’s role in vision care was the complementary objective. Finally, the collaborative objective was to develop a common language for discussing vision care.
Creator: Kerry Wilbur
Zohra Hasnani-Samnani
Duration: 3:50
Over the past decade, Qatar has invested heavily in both health and educational infrastructure, leading to new education programs for health care providers, including nursing and pharmacy. As these curricula emerge, there is a unique opportunity to develop and incorporate interprofessional health education within this specific cultural context. The authors describe an interprofessional education initiative between the nursing and pharmacy education programs in Qatar.
Creator: Eileen Rice, PhD, RN
Duration: 4:09
This study explored self-efficacy and emotional intelligence (EI) as predictors for successful clinical performance in nursing students. Students (n = 56) from 5 associate degree in nursing schools in 2 Northeastern states participated in the study. There were significant relationships among EI, self-efficacy, and student-rated clinical competence. The findings from this study support the importance of fostering clinical self-efficacy and building EI abilities in nursing students.
Creator: Patricia Burkhart
Duration: 2:34
The authors describe an undergraduate nursing research internship program in which students are engaged in research with a faculty mentor. Interns coauthored publications, presented papers and posters at conferences, and received awards. This highly successful program provides a model that can be easily replicated to foster the development of future nurse scientists.
Creator: Suzanne Marnocha, PhD, RN, CCRN
Duration: 4:19
This study investigated the posting of unprofessional content online among nursing students. Surveys of 293 schools of nursing revealed that 77% had encountered at least 1 incident of students posting such content. The greatest concerns were about content that students posted related to educational and professional affiliations and to patient confidentiality.
Creator: Barbara Hooper, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Duration: 4:26
Simulations are conducted typically with a small group of students. This article describes the process for implementing 6 high-fidelity simulations with a large group of nursing students.
Creator: Aysel Badir, PhD, RN
Duration: 3:33
Using high-fidelity simulations to facilitate student learning is an uncommon practice in Turkish nursing programs. The aim of this study was to understand students’ perceptions of the use of simulation in nursing. This study revealed that high-fidelity simulation is an ideal method of promoting learning by helping students transfer theory into practice, build confidence and teamwork, and raise professional awareness.
Creator: Carol Della Ratta, RN MS CCRN
Duration: 3:48
Learn about using team-based learning within a flipped classroom. Students used classroom time to solve problems while developing professional competencies.
Creator: Janet R. Beulow
Duration: 4:27
In their study in the September/October 2014 issue of Nurse Educator, Meghan L. Bell and Janet R. Beulow describe how a patient advocacy service-learning course increased nursing students’ awareness and proficiency in working with the challenges faced by low-income, vulnerable individuals as they attempt to improve their lives and health.
Creator: Deborah M. Price, DNP, RN
Linda Strodtman, PhD, RN
Elizabeth Brough, PhD, RN
Duration: 2:36
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.
Creator: Jennifer L. Titzer and Constance F. Swenty
Duration: 4:13
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.
Creator: Desiree Hensel, PhD, RN
Duration: 3:23
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. Learn more about this important study in the September/October 2014 issue of Nurse Educator (39:5).