Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

The Transformation of Nursing Education through Innovation

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

The Transformation of Nursing Education through Innovation

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Nurse educators must be prepared to think outside the box, take risks, and reconceptualize the curriculum, their methods of instruction, and clinical experiences. Benner and colleagues, in Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation (2010), and the Institute of Medicine, in its Future of Nursing report (2011), urge the transformation of nursing education with a strong link between classroom teaching and clinical learning.

The National League for Nursing (NLN) position statement on Innovation in Nursing Education: A Call to Reform was published in 2003, more than 10 years ago. But many of its recommendations are relevant today. The NLN challenged nurse educators to examine their tradi- tional methods of teaching and to "design evidence-based curricula that are flexible, responsive to students' needs, collaborative, and integrate technology." We encouraged faculty to investigate new pedagogies about nursing edu- cation and to conduct research to determine the effective- ness of the innovations being implemented.

Today, the NLN Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology provides faculty development and resources such as simulation scenarios and unfolding case studies to help you begin your journey of transformation. If you haven't visited the SIRC, our online Simulation Innovation Resource Center at, I would strongly recommend that you do so. The resources avail- able to nurse faculty are phenomenal.

This past July, the League brought together, via a virtual think tank, a group of experts in nursing educa- tion and technology to develop a vision statement for the future. The charge to the group, under the direction of NLN Chief Program Officer Dr. Elaine Tagliareni, was to:

* Explore current trends in technology-enhanced learning, telehealth, and consumer engagement with health technology that inform nursing education now and for the future;

* Explore the role of the nurse educator in preparing nurses to deliver quality, patient-centered, evi- dence-based nursing care in a technology-driven health care system;

* Discuss the key considerations necessary to frame new thinking about the changing faculty role; and

* Make recommendations to the NLN to develop and disseminate important information to the nursing community for faculty development using emerging technology. …

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