Creating Safe Learning Environments that Encourage Growth and Active learning.

Patricia Benner, R.N. Ph.D., FAAN, John Benner, Doctoral Candidate New graduate nurses face heavy patient loads, daily life-or-death decisions, nursing work groups with high-turnover rates, and inexperienced co-workers, all made more difficult by the new levels of hospital care demands created by the COVID-19 epidemic. Evidence grows that new graduates are not prepared to meet …

An Introduction to Classroom Discussion Triggers

by Patricia Benner, copyright 1-30-2015 In honor and appreciation for my Mentor in Nursing Education, Dr. Rheba De Tornay, and with encouragement and examples from Dr. Sarah Shannon at University of Washington, I am introducing the Pedagogical Strategy of “Discussion Triggers”, a provocative, often dramatic introduction to a topic for discussion, inquiry, and problem-solving.  As …

The Art of Asking Open-Ended Questions, Allowing ‘Think Time’ & Providing Thoughtful Responses with Lisa Day

  Lisa Day Demonstrates how she prompts students’ clinical thinking. She uses silence to allow students to think and then gives thoughtful responses to their answers.  Questioning is at the heart of creating clinical imagination and developing the student’s understanding of particular clinical situations.  Open-ended questions, with no one right or wrong answer, reveal the …

Using Real Unfolding Clinical Cases to Trigger Classroom Discussion with Sarah Shannon

  Sarah Shannon, who teaches clinical nursing ethics, provides real clinical cases that raise ethical issues and asks students what they would do in the situation.  The case featured here is compelling and involves the ethical demand of disclosing the error of starting resuscitation on a patient who has a DNR order, unbeknownst to the clinical staff in …

Linda Felver teaching with her puppet

I don’t use PowerPoint!

Sample EducatingNurses.com by watching acclaimed teacher, Dr. Linda Felver teach Pathophysiology in a lively and spontaneous setting that is truly memorable to her students. Take 8 minutes and get inspired. EducatingNurses.com is an award-winning faculty development website. This powerful faculty resource introduces the latest learning science and includes a subscription for your entire staff and an of your …

Marcus Engel Meets Jennifer, of the "I'm Here Movement". Jennifer, A Medical Technician stayed with Marc through out the Emergency Room all night holding his hand and saying, “I’m here Marc.”

Being Present, Meeting the Patient as a Person, Preserving Personhood, Taking up the Ethical Call of Nursing

Patricia Benner, November, copyright 2015 Learn more about Marcus Engle at ImHereMovement.org I lay there listening to the sickening sounds of my mechanical breathing, all the while praying the oxygen tank wouldn’t run dry. If the hose got twisted and the oxygen stopped flowing, a short alarm would sound. Immediately, a nurse would appear to …

Linda Felver teaching a class

Curriculum-Wide Debriefing and Reflection are Essential to Learning How to Think Critically, Improve Performance, Improve Outcomes and Integrate Experiential Learning

  By Patricia Benner, copyright 2015 Reflective thinking enhances all forms of learning. However, conscious and deliberate debriefing is a robust teaching strategy only if teacher and students are prepared to critically and creatively reflect on practice. National League for Nursing published “Debriefing Across the Curriculum” in June 2015, a Living Document produced in collaboration …

Pilot, an Airline Safety Expert, Seeks to Improve Patient Safety after the Death of his Wife

This is a dramatization of the medical error that caused the death of this Pilot’s wife, in what should have been a simple routine surgery. This is a great presentation on patient safety and team work problems that contribute to patient care errors.  In this re-enactment of a real event, the physicians are fixated on …

Teacher in front of a black board teaching

The Role of Narrative in Teaching, Learning, Teamwork, Socially-Embedded Knowledge, Situated Clinical Wisdom and More

Patricia Benner Copyright February 2014   I invite you to take a look at the preview of Educating Nurses’ video “Making the Large Class Interactive Engaged”  I am struck as I continue to study expert teachers by how fluently they use narratives in embodying and embedding a situated understanding of science, clinical reasoning and clinical …