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Strengths-Based Nursing: Moving Beyond Deficits in Nursing Practice and Nursing Education

Laurie N. Gottlieb, R.N., Ph.D. & Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D. This Newsletter celebrates the publication of Dr. Laurie Gottlieb’s new book Strengths-Based Nursing Care: Health and Healing for Persons and Family, and is a collaborative article based upon a wonderful Inaugural Conference organized by McGill University Ingram School of Nursing in Montreal, Canada in which …

Patrick Murphy in the Classroom

Teacher Curiosity, Passion, Engagement and Self-Cultivation— Essential for Transformative Education

The teacher busy “transmitting information” seldom can drink from the well of what the student, patient, and the subject matter have to teach. Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D. Master Teacher Hubert L. Dreyfus believes a good teacher-learner needs curiosity, engagement, and passion for learning  By definition, these personal characteristics call us as teacher to be fully alive to …

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Bringing Clinical and Classroom Together: Integrative Pedagogies

Patricia Benner copyright 2013 Enrich your classroom by thinking about and reviewing new strategies; it will help you align your teaching with learning goals. To that end, I’ve put together pedagogies highly recommended for bringing together both classroom and clinical aspects of learning how to think and act like a nurse.  This may trigger ideas, …

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ANA Issue Brief on Primary & Ambulatory Care in New Health Care System

A must read for undergraduate and graduate education is the ANA Issue Brief entitled “Nurse Care Delivery Models in Health System Reform: Opportunities for nurses and their patients. As you engage in curriculum transformation keep ambulatory care and primary care in mind for undergraduates and graduates. Please see the new Macy Grant to study Primary …

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Additional Thoughts on Embodiment, Situated Thinking and Practice in the Use of Formal Concepts in Nursing Education and Practice

Patricia Benner, copyright 2013 This newsletter is a response to a reply to our April Newsletter entitled, “Reconceptualizing the Use of Concepts in Curriculum Design.”  We had a number of replies to the April newsletter.  I thought it would be helpful to extend the conversation through this response, since many of the issues raised are …

Dr. Benner and Dr. Dreyfus in discussion

Re-conceptualizing the Curricular and Pedagogical Uses of Concepts in Nursing Education

EducatingNurses.com:   Patricia Benner March, 26, 2013, copyright Last September’s Educating Nurses Newsletter, (2012) entitled Situating Concepts and Competencies in Nursing Education, Research, and Practice,  generated a lot of questions about re-thinking and updating the curricular and pedagogical uses of concepts central to nursing practice.  For example, concepts such as oxygenation and stress and coping lend …

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Less is More: Thinking about Deep Learning

Copyright Patricia Benner Newsletter for February 2013   Teaching for a Professional Practice has many additional demands than an introductory survey course. In a professional practice we expect students to develop deep learning that includes the three professional apprenticeships common to Professional Education. Along with my Carnegie colleagues, I am using the word “apprenticeship” metaphorically, and …

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Upgrading and Integrating Clinical and Science Knowledge: New Educational Strategies for New and Future Nursing Students

Copyright Patricia Benner January 10, 2013 The consensus that radical changes are needed in nursing education is now echoed for a much younger set of students. This spotlights the value of integrating knowledge acquisition and knowledge use, and the need for nursing educators to seek innovative strategies in curriculum change and classroom teaching to achieve …

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University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Leads the Way in Upgrading Science Education Situated in Practice

copyright Patricia Benner 2012 We are excited to introduce our new videos for 2013 starting this week. We are more than doubling the content and think that faculty and graduate students will find the new videos extremely useful for faculty development and teacher training. This newsletter will focus on the topics to be addressed in …

Dr. Benner speaking with team teachers

Situating Concepts and Competencies in Nursing Education Research and Practice

Concepts and competencies are useful ways to organize a curriculum.  They identify knowledge and skills that can be used in multiple settings and situations. But they also can unwittingly limit thinking and achievement to an unintended narrow rational-technicality.  By narrow rational-technicality I mean excessive use of formal decision making models, based upon formal decision criteria.  …