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NurseTim, Inc. provides faculty development through on-site consultations, conferences, and webinars. We have over 27 consultants nationwide and specialize in providing completely customizable on-site workshops for Nurse Educators. Our conferences encourage collaboration and critical thinking, and our webinar catalog has expanded to 100+ webinars, including 115+ contact hours. We look forward to working with you soon! Call or write us today at 866.861.2896 /

Monday, August 31, 2015

Conceptual Learning for Mobility

Conceptual learning flips the conventional teacher-centered classroom into an engaging, dynamic, learner-centered environment. Although facts (content areas) are relevant and necessary, without a connection to the broader scope of practice (concepts), information may not be organized in logical structures, patterns may not be identified, relationships may not be linked, and critical learning/clinical reasoning/clinical judgment may not occur. Nursing students must learn conceptually in order to practice conceptually.

In Mobility: A Conceptual Approach, common exemplars have been identified that provide the students with a broad exposure to the concept of mobility, including trauma/injury, skeletal disease, and neuromuscular dysfunction. The intent is to present the concept from a patient-centered, holistic, collaborative approach that is transferable from the classroom to the clinical practice arena. Examples of conceptual learning strategies to utilize in the classroom or clinical environments are included.

Presented by:
Jodene A. Niehaus Scheller, PhD, MSN, RN
Professor, Health Sciences - Nursing
Lewis and Clark Community College


Visit the NurseTim website for more videos about Concept-Based Education and Flipping the Classroom.

Monday, August 24, 2015

"Beat the Clock" Concept Mapping

Active Learning Teaching Strategy

Have pre-printed sheets of a concept map with content area in the center (see example here). Give the students three minutes to fill in their map. The map is then moved to the person on their left. The next map is a different content/disease process/concept. Ready, set, go...three minutes, switch. Ready, set, go...three minutes, switch. Keep repeating. This activity of "constant" interruption and re-focusing replicates practice. It also shows students their areas of weakness where they need to spend more time studying. I do it with Cushing's, Addison's, diabetes incipidus and SIADH....students love it.

Contributed by Karin Sherill

Monday, August 17, 2015

The 3 C's of Test Items That Work

One of the greatest challenges for nursing faculty is constructing high-quality test items. Faculty strive to make sure their assessments are a true reflection of the student’s ability to think at a higher level. Therefore, we challenge faculty to create two new questions for each exam they administer. This realistic goal can be met by using the 3 C's of Test Item Writing.

Content/Concepts/Criterion - Utilize data from clinical and curricular assessments to ensure your test items are truly testing important concepts.

Clarity AND Complexity - Make test items look like clinical. We need to ensure that every concept is tested in the context of what the students will see/experience in clinical.

Critique - Partner with other faculty to seek effective feedback on test items before you administer an exam to the students. Can you and a colleague swap one question a week? Be sure to take your item analysis seriously. Faculty should consider policy that guides item analysis to make testing fair and effective across the curriculum. 

For more information, watch the video below or visit the NurseTim website for Test Item Webinars.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Using Technology in Nursing Education

Do you need help integrating technology in your classroom? NurseTim has several webinars available to help you achieve your goals!

7 Tips for Using Web 2.0 Tools to Facilitate Learning 

This webinar focuses on Web 2.0 tools that are readily available and easy to use to facilitate teaching and learning. Diane M. Billings, EdD, RN, FAAN provides tips and resource links for using these technology tools. She also discusses the practical implications of integrating the tools into a course or curriculum.

eBooks Across the Curriculum 

Using eBooks can help improve the learning experience for all involved. For many students, they will gain skills to better manage lifelong learning and to contribute professionally in the information age. For others, using eBooks will help with affordability and portability. This webinar will explore the evidence-base in health sciences education related to implementation and management of eBooks. Specific strategies will be demonstrated to help with effective implementation. Emphasis will be placed on interventions to assist students and faculty less comfortable with technology.

Electronic Health Records (EHR) in Every Class, Lab, Simulation and Clinical 

Learning and assessment with the EHR allows faculty an opportunity to ensure that the students are using higher order thinking skills effectively. Through a process of efficient and effective integration across the curriculum, these tools can serve to bring clinical to class and simultaneously take classroom learning to the clinical setting. The focus will be to help faculty visualize strategies that are accessible to all levels of the curriculum. Concerns related to technology competency, internet access and student financial needs will also be addressed. Professional competencies such as Quality and Safety Education for Nurses, Institute of Medicine core competencies and the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing will serve as a foundation for the discussion.

Grading Papers and Care Plans-Fast and Effective Feedback 

Grading essays, papers and care plans is an important skill for all faculty to master. Many of us are overwhelmed with workload, yet realize how crucial our comments can be to students. Faculty can provide quality feedback in a timely fashion that allows students to continually improve their writing skills. Examine time-saving strategies and assessment techniques that can make your feedback to students more effective. Explore technology that makes the feedback process fast and effective.

Informatics Across the Curriculum 

Safety is essential in all areas of healthcare. As we consider informatics in nursing education, faculty must understand how to integrate informatics competencies. The goal will be to make technology invisible while making clinical reasoning paramount. Whether using the electronic health record in the maternal child lecture, or using evidence-based practice on-the-fly in simulations, the technology, while essential, should not be the focus. This webinar will help faculty meet this challenge.

Interactive Testing Technologies 

Whether you use paper or online exams, this webinar is for you. From NCLEX® to the weekly quiz, technology in testing can help prepare students and assess for higher order thinking. We will explore low-tech and high-tech options to help engage students and prepare them for high stakes exams. We will also emphasize simple technology that allows faculty to better manage exams. Many tools are readily available for faculty, so join us as we develop simple, effective strategies to use these resources.

Teaching Today's Techno-savvy Student on a Shoestring Budget 

Explore the different funding sources, freebies, and fun finds that can help manage a tight budget. Using technology in the curriculum does not have to be out of reach. This session will help you to identify tools that can enhance learning and inspire students. We will look at budgetary considerations for students, faculty, and schools.

Using Mobile Devices in the Nursing Curriculum 

From ebooks to audience response, utilizing technology requires the ability to manage data on the go. Nurses need to be able to quickly make evidence-based decisions efficiently (actionable data at the point of care). Including handheld technology in the nursing curriculum can assist students in mastering these concepts and skills. Will your students be comfortable with mobile knowledge management? Will your students have the needed habits to manage evidence-based practice on the fly? Will they be comfortable with professionally managing communication tools? This webinar explores several strategies to help classroom, clinical and lab faculty meet these important goals.

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