Nursing is the art and science of caring for our fellow human beings. The professional nurse strives to improve quality of life and health by providing care to individuals, families, communities, and populations. Nursing is holistic in that focus may be on physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, spiritual or environmental domains, or focus may be interrelated.
As technology changes and society's needs change, nursing will also change. Throughout their careers, individual nurses engage in a continuous process of self-improvement, which includes improvement of knowledge and skills, as well as the ability to alleviate suffering. Nurses are also advocates for society's most vulnerable individuals, and promote health and wellness.
In order to be a good teacher of nursing, one must be a good practitioner. Students must be confident that their instructor is knowledgeable and skilled. The overabundance of information in health care today makes it a challenge to know what is most pertinent for the students. Staying current within clinical practice is the key.
For educational efforts to be successful, a multimodal teaching process is used. Using a variety of modes, such as working with equipment, watching videos, lecture, group discussion, learning teams, etc. as well as reading, are beneficial, as students have different learning styles. We must be creative and use new methods to engage the learner, and measure outcomes to assure learner success is demonstrated.
Computer-assisted learning (E-learning) improves access to nursing education, and increases flexibility for nurses and educators as well. Critical thinking on the part of the students is one of the benefits derived from the use of E-learning (Palloff & Pratt, 2003). E-learning is interactive, engaging the student much more than the present-day passive lecture methods.
Health care changes so rapidly that practitioners must be able to access information in an instant. In offering technology-based learning programs, they will be better prepared to face the challenges ahead. Click here to learn more about the benefits of E-learning.
Please note: Nursing contact hours earned by taking QMC courses are accepted by Boards of Nursing in states requiring continuing education for nurses renewing their nursing licenses.