School of Nursing Newsletter

New Teaching Strategies Implemented

Two innovative teaching strategies were introduced this semester, both within the graduate and prelicensure programs. 

At the graduate level, associate professor Beth Gazza used a scaffold approach to teach MSN nurse educator students how to develop curricula and design online modules for use in teaching online in nursing education to future nurse educators. The scaffold included interactive blogs and peer/faculty review over a 5-week period. This instructional strategy was used in the Foundations and Evidence-Based Practices for Nursing Education Distance Learning course. 

Summer CarrAs part of the FNP clinical course Advanced Primary Care of Families: Complex Health Problems Across the Lifespan, students were required to make presentations to address patient issues within the context of complex, multi-system diseases. The purpose was to expand students’ skills from clinical encounter to development of the PICO. (PICO is a mnemonic used to describe the four elements of a good clinical question: 1) patient/problem; 2) intervention; 3) comparison and 4) outcome.) Students in the course used PICO to generate terms in order to clarify their questions, which in turn facilitated means for them to search the literature for the current best evidence in treating their patients. The 15-minute presentations showcased the best evidence for the clinical problems of their respective case studies. Pictured at left is Summer Carr (Dec. ’18) with her presentation.  

Prelicensure lecturer Marge Verzella secured several outpatient clinical sites for Adult Health I prelicensure students which included DermOne Vascular, DermOne Dermatology and Summit Dermatology. Also, Verzella was able to work with nurse educators within the Same Day Surgery Unit and the Surgical Suite at New Hanover Hospital to schedule student experiences in Same Day Surgery Unit, the operating room and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. 

Also for the undergraduate students enrolled in the Adult Health I course, a communication simulation on responding to incivility in the workplace using concepts from Team STEPPS (Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving) was also introduced.