Interview: Dr. Elizabeth Gross Cohn, “Often, first year students feel there’s nothing they can do….”

Dr. Cohn provides the background behind her monologue, “The Patient in 9-Window”. She tells us about the different responses from students as they’ve watched her perform this monologue in Nursing Fundamentals. And she tells us about other innovative ways she engages with her students throughout their time in her class. Our thanks to Adelphi University in …

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of clinical and classroom teaching are still lodged firmly in the old-fashioned artificial intelligence mode (outdated cognitivism) and outdated neuroscience models about how the brain works.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 …

The Patient in 9-Window

When she was a nursing instructor to first-year students at Columbia University and Adelphi University, Dr. Elizabeth Cohn hoped to teach her students how to support, educate and relate to their patients as whole persons, rather than just “The Patient in 9-Window”. She wrote and delivered a monologue from the perspective of the patient that …

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 …

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 …

Filming Inner-City Health

This is a Canadian, Award Winning documentary about a nurse’s work in the inner city of Toronto.  Great discussion triggers for trauma and Emergency Department, and for population health.  Could be also an assignment to review the entire website. Katrina Cizek’ is an award winning journalist who follows Ellen, a nurse working with a policeman …

Healing in Chisasibi

This is a wonderful Ph.D. documentary from a doctoral dissertation.  It is perfect for any cross-cultural and public health class on the health impact of colonization. Many of the stories have to do with addiction to alcohol and drugs. In each case healing involves recapturing a sense of Cree identity and spirituality. The short video clips 2-7 minutes …

Learning Activities for Teachers and Nursing Students Working with Discussion Triggers

By Patricia Benner, copyright 2015 Download PDF 1.     Find a film excerpt, a documentary excerpt, patient experience excerpt, news stories, or op-ed pieces that would work for a particular classroom discussion.   2.     Compile a list of media sources for discussion triggers.  Note: you may choose to assign a longer film, or documentary and have …

Assessing for Suicidal Risk

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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 …