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Authentic Engagement in High-Enrollment Graduate Courses: Pathophysiology Consumers Become Content Creators

Video Author: Jodi McDaniel, PhD, RN
Joni Tornwall, Med, RN
Published on: 04.25.2016
Associated with: Nurse Educator. 41(3):151-155, May/June 2016

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.

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Creator: Mackos, Amy; Tornwall, Joni
Duration: 3:23

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Creator: Riley, Elizabeth DNP, RNC-NIC, CNE; Carmack, Jeffrey K. DNP, RN, CHSE
Duration: 5:45
Open educational resources (OERs) provide many benefits in nursing education, such as continuously updated course content and textbook cost savings. This study explored the effectiveness of OER adoption in an online nursing informatics course in an RN-BSN completion program. The study compared course grades and student course satisfaction between an OER-based (n = 70) and textbook-only (n = 73) course. The results showed that courses designed with OER content can improve student performance and maintain course satisfaction. Enjoy this video. Read the article to learn more about the study and OER.
Creator: Sanko, Jill S. PhD, MS, APRN, CHSE-A, FSSH; Gattamorta, Karina PhD, EdS; Young, Judith DNP, RN, CNE; Durham, Carol F. EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, FSSH; Sherwood, Gwen PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF; Dolansky, Mary PhD, RN, FAAN
Duration: 4:20
Systems thinking (ST) has been shown to improve systems and decrease errors. The authors describe their multisite study that examined the impact of Friday Night at the ER (FNER), a table-top simulation designed to teach ST to a variety of prelicensure and postlicensure health care students. The FNER table-top simulation was found to improve ST in a wide variety of health-related majors.
Duration: 4:15
It is challenging for nursing students to learn through lecture alone how to use a variety of techniques to communicate effectively with patients. There may be limited opportunities for practicing inclusive communication skills in the clinical setting. In this video and article, Dr. McClure describes learning activities designed using “students as producers.” This approach helped students develop their inclusive communication strategies.
Creator: Patterson, Jodi PhD, RN; Duke, Gloria PhD, RN; Stocks, Eric PhD; Hermanns, Melinda PhD, RN
Duration: 3:27
Empathy can be challenging when caring for individuals with alcohol use disorders (AUDs). This study examined the effectiveness of simulation for enhancing the empathy of nursing students toward patients with AUD. Empathy was measured with the Comprehensive State Empathy Scale and focus groups. There were no differences in scores between pre and posttest. Students gained other learning from the simulation. Learn more about this study in the video and article.
Creator: Gawlik, Kate DNP, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP; Guo, Jinghong PhD; Tan, Alai PhD; Overcash, Janine PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FAAN
Duration: 6:59
Cultivating healthy lifestyle beliefs (HLBs) can result in positive health outcomes for students during their nursing program. This study examined the effectiveness of short wellness interventions (microlearning) in nursing courses on reducing stress and anxiety and enhancing HLB. The intervention group reported higher HLB, lower anxiety, and lower stress. Student comments were favorable and included enjoying the activities, weight loss success, and mindfulness strategies.
Creator: Williams, Kristiann T. DNP, APRN; Baron, Kristy A. PhD, RN; Gee, Julie P. PhD, RN; Chan, Julian PhD
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A treatment gap exists for people in the community with opioid use disorders (OUDs). This study examined the impact of an educational video on the knowledge and attitudes of prelicensure and postlicensure nursing students (n=406) toward people with OUD. The educational video produced a significant improvement in students' knowledge and attitudes. In this video and article, the authors explained why they developed this project and report their outcomes.
Creator: Morse, Brenna L. PhD, RN, NCSN, CNE
Duration: 2:12
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Creator: Rogers, Julia DNP, RN, CNS, FNP-BC; Ludwig-Beymer, Patti PhD, RN, CTN-A, NEA-BC, CPPS, FAAN; Baker, Manisa DNP, RN, CCNS, CCRN-K
Duration: 6:50
Nursing faculty orientations vary in length, content, and comprehensiveness, which may influence faculty effectiveness and retention. The authors conducted an integrative review using the Ganong approach. In this video and article, they describe essential elements for nursing faculty orientation. They also provide a nurse faculty orientation checklist you can use in your own schools.
Creator: Serembus, Joanne Farley EdD, RN, CNE; Kemery, Dana C. EdD, RN, CNE, CEN, CPEN
Duration: 3:52
During a worldwide pandemic, faculty needed to pivot quickly to teaching in a remote environment using the internet, learning management systems, and other online technology. Without an understanding for teaching in this environment, the resulting educational experience can become unengaging and tedious for both learners and faculty. The use of Zoom is explored along with other options for supporting interactions within a virtual class. Many tips are provided for teaching with Zoom in both the article and video.
Creator: Hampton, Debra PhD, MSN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CENP; Culp-Roche, Amanda PhD, APRN; Hensley, Angie DNP, APRN; Wilson, Jessica PhD, APRN; Otts, Jo Ann DNP; Thaxton-Wiggins, Amanda PhD; Fruh, Sharon PhD; Moser, Debra K. PhD, FAHA, FAAN
Duration: 2:35
Teaching self-efficacy is an indicator of the belief that one can make a difference in student learning outcomes. The aim of this study was to examine the level of teaching self-efficacy and satisfaction of online nursing faculty. The sample included 100 faculty in multiple schools of nursing who taught at least 1 online course in RN to BSN or graduate nursing programs. Overall, participants had relatively high levels of online teaching self-efficacy and satisfaction.
Creator: Webber, Elaine DNP, RN, PPCNP-BC, IBCLC; Vaughn-Deneen, Tanya DNP, RN, CNM, FNP-BC; Anthony, Maureen PhD, RN
Duration: 13:30
Traditional mentoring programs typically pair new with experienced faculty members who are expected to provide guidance and advice. In our new approach, 3 generations of faculty formed a team composed of a tenured, a midcareer, and a new faculty member. The midcareer educator was better suited to help the novice prepare to teach, as they had recently been through the process, whereas the tenured faculty member was able to provide scholarship support to both. After watching the video, learn about details of this approach in the article.
Creator: Cole, Kelly A. MSN, RN, CNE
Duration: 3:01
Are you looking for an innovative way of helping students learn about infection control and connect different infection control concepts together? In this video, the author shares a game she created as part of a module on high-touch items and hand hygiene. Read more about this in her Teaching Tips.
Creator: Nichols, Lynn Stover PhD, RN, BC, SANE; Bordelon, Curry J. DNP, MBA, NNP-BC, CPNP-AC, CNE; Eagerton, Greg DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Duration: 3:00
Without strong leadership skills, nurses may struggle to navigate the role transition from student to professional nurse. Leadership fables offer situations that require leadership skills and actively involve students in process. Fables provide a brief, meaningful leadership story and culminate with lessons learned and takeaways for future reference. The authors explain how they use leadership fables in their course. Watch this video and read the article to learn how you use fables in your teaching.
Creator: Bove, Lisa Anne DNP, RN-BC
Duration: 6:06
Many schools still struggle to effectively prepare nursing students with competencies in informatics and health care technology. Dr. Bove discusses her study, which provides an update of the 2013 status report on the integration of informatics in nursing education. While there was some improvement in the number of informatics courses in the programs reviewed, faculty need support to overcome barriers to teaching informatics. Learn more about this study in this video and article.
Creator: Church, Cory D. PhD, RN-BC; White, Meagan PhD, RNC; Cosme, Sheri DNP, RN-BC
Duration: 11:19
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Creator: Mulready-Shick, JoAnn EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Duration: 3:17
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Creator: Stuckey, Lanette PhD, RN, CNE®, CMSRN, CNE®cl; Wright, Ariel MSN, MS, RN, CNE
Duration: 2:24
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Creator: Chicca, Jennifer MS, RN; Shellenbarger, Teresa PhD, RN, CNE, CNEcl, ANEF
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Creator: Walker, Danielle PhD, RN, CNE; Altmiller, Gerry EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, FAAN; Hromadik, Lora PhD, RN; Barkell, Nina MSN, RN, ACNS-BC; Barker, Nancy EdD, RN; Boyd, Teri EdD, MNSc, RN; Compton, Michelle MSN, RN; Cook, Pamela MSN, RN; Curia, Marianne PhD, MSN, R
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