Transforming Nursing Education : An Overview

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Assignment Two by Joyce Parsons NSG 7150 CRN 201530 Transforming Nursing Education Nova Southeastern University March 2, 2015 Transforming Nursing Education Health challenges of the twenty-first century requires highly educated nurses trained not just in acute care hospital settings but a variety of clinical setting; this broadening in clinical education allows the nurses to self-understand and identify resulting in a transformation from lay person to professional nurse (Benner, Sutphen, Leonard, & Day, 2010; Institute of Medicine, 2010). Nurse administrators are not worried about the education-practice gap but concerns are now practice-education gap due to the inability of nursing education to keep up with the ever-increasing health care demands, such as rapid pace changes driven by modern technologies and research (Benner et al, 2010). Benner et al (2010) suggest nurse educators make four shifts in their mindset on how to teach and their approaches to foster the learning of students. One of the recommendations is to shift “from an emphasis on socialization and role-taking to an emphasis on formation” (Benner et al, p 4, 2010). The movement from lay person to professional includes changes in understanding and identity; the educational experience must focus on forming professional identity and not socialization (Benner et al, 2010). Another recommendation is broadening of clinical experiences to provide a wide variety of clinical
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