Nurse as educator: Principles of teaching and learning for nursing practice

Book Club: Bastable, S. (2014). Nurse as educator: Principles of teaching and learning for nursing practice (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. [link to 2nd edition]

It’s good to return to the true literature (time depending) and read a holistic overview of nursing education. This USA flavored (flavoured) book covers a historical and contemporary view of the challenges facing educating nurses. The complex nature of today’s healthcare systems and transforming nursing education are discussed. Bastable also provides a reminder to retain the focus and importance of patient education not just solely educating nurses, to increase competence and confidence of clients to enable greater self-management.

Teaching & Learning of Nurses

“The education process is a systematic, sequential, logical, scientifically  based, planned course of action consisting of two major interdependent operations: teaching and learning” (pg. 13).

The two interdependent players in the learner and education and growth occurs in both parties. That the role of the educator is to promote learning and provide a conductive learning environment.

Relates the education process to the nursing process:

  • ascertain learning needs
  • develop a teaching plan
  • deliver teaching
  • determining behaviour, attitude or skill changes

That the actual act of teaching and instruction is one component of this education process.

Barriers to teaching and learning:

  • lack of time
  • lack of motivation and skills
  • negative environment
  • lack of confidence and competence

Motivation Factors:

  • personal attributes
  • environmental influences
  • relationship systems
  • state of anxiety
  • learner readiness
  • realistic goal setting
  • learner satisfaction and success

Also provides helpful guidance on motivational interviewing techniques.

Reference

Bastable, S. (2014). Nurse as educator: Principles of teaching and learning for nursing practice (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. [link to 2nd edition]

 

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