E. Cohn performs hospital monologue

Rethinking Clinical and Classroom Teaching and Learning

Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D. FAAN, 2017 Our pedagogies of clinical and classroom teaching are still lodged firmly in the old-fashioned artificial intelligence mode (outdated cognitivism) and outdated neuroscience models about how the brain works. Old-fashioned artificial intelligence and cognitivism ignore the necessary role of embodied skilled know-how and perceptual grasp of actual clinical situations for any …

A building at Southern Oregon

Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education, An Inspiring Story of Collaborative Change

Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN copyright 2017 Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education increased Transitions From A.D.N. To B.S.N. Programs; Made A.D.N. Students feel like “First Class Citizens”; Transformed Clinical Education; Created an Ongoing Culture of Innovation and more… The innovative Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) collaborative curriculum exemplifies a stellar collaborative change project that …

Glenis McKenzie teaches

Concept-Based Curricula in a Practice Discipline

“…concept-based curricula must not only attend to formal concepts in the general…” Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN Copyright October, 2nd, 2016 Many nursing curricula are using selected formal concepts to organize courses and curriculum. When students learn concepts in one context, it is expected that they will carry that understanding of the concept to other …

Child speaking

Discussion Triggers can Help Students Discover Blind Spots, and Biases

Patricia Benner, RN., Ph.D., FAAN June 24, 2016 Copyrighted This month,  we offer all our newsletter subscribers free access to a wonderful new video on people’s responses to the news that someone has been recently diagnosed with cancer. Kristin Johansen and Ben Dziuba collaborated on this collection of people’s responses to the news that Ben was …

Concept Based Clinical Assignments for Deeper Learning

Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D. FAAN …in the current nursing education climate, faculty need to use a wider repertoire of clinical models and strategies to foster the depth of student learning and their development of clinical judgment. Kathie Lasater, EdD, RN, ANEF; Ann Nielsen, MN, RN Jo. of Nursing Education, 8,2009 Vol. 48, p. 446. Developing …

Student presents idea

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 & …