Practical Nursing Learning to be Assessed and Faculty Collaborators

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Outcome 1:  Effectively communicate by sharing accurate information through various technologies thus promoting multidisciplinary team and client collaboration to provide effective nursing care.

Learning Skill/Knowledge to be Assessed:  Faculty will assess students’ ability to utilize therapeutic communication. Faculty will expect to see, within the classroom and clinical setting, an improvement in the students’ therapeutic communication skills.

Why:  Communication is a central concept in the Nursing Department’s conceptual framework. Based on observation of students in the classroom and the clinical setting, PN faculty identified that PN students needed to improve and utilize the basic components of therapeutic communication with the patient population, peers, and faculty. Students have not fully comprehended the concept of therapeutic communication presented in classroom or clinical setting and are unable to apply it into clinical practice.  Based on the results of last year’s assessments, faculty decided to incorporate therapeutic communication videos into the classroom discussion.  Continuing on with these assessments will provide faculty the ability to trend data on students’ attainment and retention of therapeutic communication concepts. 

Faculty Collaborators:  Ann Boeglin, Marla Small, Melissa Belcher, Cassie Davis, and Freda Neal

 

Outcome 2:  Provide health education for client under the direction of a registered nurse to promote adaptation to health changes and achieve optimal levels of wellness.

Learning Skill/Knowledge to be Assessed:  Faculty will assess students’ knowledge and application of health education concepts.  Faculty will expect to see, within the classroom and clinical setting, an improvement in the students’ knowledge and application of health education concepts.

Why:  Teaching-Learning (health education) is a central concept of the Nursing Department’s conceptual framework.  In spring 2011, faculty discussed health education component of the program outcomes had not been formally evaluated when compared to other program outcomes. The faculty decided to assess and evaluate health education by designating questions on the final exam for NURP 100 fall semester, 2011, and a poster presentation in NURP 155 spring semester, 2012. This will continue through fall 2012 and spring 2013 in order for faculty to trend the data results. 

Faculty Collaborators:  Ann Boeglin, Marla Small, Betty Ryan, and Kate Willegal