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Focusing on Student Learning: Seeking High Reliability in Nursing Education

By Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D., copyright 2016 The scholarship of teaching and learning encompasses a broad set of practices that engage teachers in looking closely and critically at student learning in order to improve their own courses and programs, and to share insights with other educators who can evaluate and build on their efforts. Hutchings, …

Sarah Shannon teaching a class

Learning From First Person Experience Near Narratives

Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D. FAAN Copyright 2016 During the past 30 years, more ethicists have paid attention to the role of narratives in presenting exemplary practice. More attention in learning and understanding moral life and ethical comportment is being paid to exemplary people and events that reveal and demonstrate excellent ethical comportment. Narratives can reveal …

Woman and Man role play as a mother and father in a poverty simulation

Cultural Humility: Gaining First-Person Experience and Empathy for the Health and Life Impact of Living in Poverty

Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN Copyright January, 2016 We choose the term “cultural humility” rather than the more ambitious, and misleading term, “cultural competency” in the title, because even within one’s own dominant culture, much can be learned and many blind spots exist between local cultures, between social classes, and between disparate social contexts. Cultural …

Carol Thorn, R.N., M.S., Clackamas Community College teaching

Thoughts from Elsevier Faculty Development Forum

Above: Carol Thorn, R.N., M.S., Clackamas Community College Happy New Year!  I just had the privilege of starting the New Year off at the Elsevier Faculty Development Forum in Las Vegas.  The participants had great questions, but we didn’t get to discuss all the questions from the Keynote entitled “Knowing That and Knowing About and Knowing …

Hands being held in a hospital bed

End of the Year: A Time for Reflection and Growth as a Teacher, Nurse, Person

Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph. D., copyright December, 2015 Interviewing and presenting the work of Marcus Engel in November has made me reflect more on the centrality of care and the work of preserving personhood, and helping the patient stay connected to his or her helplines.  First, some reflections on The Primacy of Caring (Benner & …

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 with …

Lisa Day Teaching

Can Students be “Test Ready,” “Practice Ready” and be Prepared for the Future?

As nursing educators we need a new appreciation of experiential learning, of perception wedded to action. Our role is to stimulate the student’s curiosity, ability to engage in inquiry, and openness to learn from clinical experience.  Watch brief video excerpts in this newsletter – transformative teaching ahead!   Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN I do …

Nursing student works in a simulation lab

The Implications of Teaching and Learning in a Practice: Paying Attention to Situated Thinking and Action in Practice – ARTICLE

Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN copyright June, 2015 What are the teaching and learning implications of teaching a practice? Practice, as defined here, follows the influential definition from Alasdair MacIntyre’s third edition of After Virtue (2007): A socially organized activity that has socially embedded knowledge, science, traditions,and practices, all with notions of what constitutes good practice that are …

Learning Leadership in an Inner City, Homeless Health Care Center – ARTICLE

Students leave this setting, understanding the difference between managerialism and leadership, and the importance of being an effective change agent as a nurse leader Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN, Copyright 2015 This month we present three new community health population-based videos and the excellent teaching of Dr. Ann Beckett, Professor at the Oregon Health Sciences School …