How nurse education can inspire collaboration

Nurse Leader Insider, March 17, 2016

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The goal with nurse training has not changed much over the years: nurse should be taught how to best treat patients under their care. What has changed is what patient treatment entails, and new information suggests that more than just knowledge can be transferred from the classroom to the bedside.

Dr. W. Richard Cowling, Ph.D, R.N., the vice president of academic affairs at Chamberlain College of Nursing, posits that the style of learning in the classroom can have a profound effect on student nurses. By encouraging students to ask questions, nurse educators will foster an attitude of curiosity and critical thinking, skills that are more important than ever in healthcare. Cowling refers to this as nursing presence, or the ability to engage the patient as a whole person and not just their symptoms.

Another component that nurse managers sometimes struggle to teach new nurses is empathy. This too can start in the classroom, and not just through instruction. Nurse educators can help model empathy by providing a compassionate learning environment that respects the students and their needs. Working with students as partners, participating in experiential activities, and providing support services can create a culture of caring that the students will take with them to their facilities.

An engaged student will become an engaged nurse, and strong patient engagement leads to improved patient outcomes across the board, which will help everyone.

Go here to read Dr. Cowling’s full article.

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