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Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformationby Patricia Benner
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Praise for Educating Nurses
"This book represents a call to arms, a call for nursing educators and programs to step up in our preparation of nurses. This book will incite controversy, wonderful debate, and dialogue among nurses and others. It is a must-read for every nurse educator and for every nurse that yearns for nursing to acknowledge and reach for the real difference that nursing can make in safety and quality in health care."
—Beverly Malone, chief executive officer, National League for Nursing
"This book describes specific steps that will enable a new system to improve both nursing formation and patient care. It provides a timely and essential element to health care reform."
—David C. Leach, former executive director, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
"The ideas about caregiving developed here make a profoundly philosophical and intellectually innovative contribution to medicine as well as all healing professions, and to anyone concerned with ethics. This groundbreaking work is both paradigm-shifting and delightful to read."
—Jodi Halpern, author, From Detached Concern to Empathy: Humanizing Medical Practice
"This book is a landmark work in professional education! It is a must-read for all practicing and aspiring nurse educators, administrators, policy makers, and, yes, nursing students."
—Christine A. Tanner, senior editor, Journal of Nursing Education
"This work has profound implications for nurse executives and frontline managers."
—Eloise Balasco Cathcart, coordinator, Graduate Program in Nursing Administration, New York University
The authors outline a clear vision of what nursing education can and should be and provide practical exemplars of how we can achieve this vision. This is a call for us to work together as guardians of the discipline to assure that future nurses enter the health care system ready and able to meet the challenges ahead.
—Pamela M. Ironside, director, Center for Research in Nursing Education, Indiana University
The profession of nursing in the United States is at a significant moment. Since the last national nursing education study almost forty years ago, profound changes in science, technology, and the nature and settings of nursing practice have reshaped the field. Yet schools have lagged behind in adapting to these changes. Added to this, the profession faces a shortage of nurses and nursing faculty.
To meet these challenges, the authors assert that schools, service providers, and the profession must change. They recommend four controversial yet essential changes that are needed to transform nursing education.
A volume in The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's Preparation for the Professions series, the book discusses key topics for the future of the field and offers revolutionary recommendations for change.
Since the last national nursing education study forty years ago, profound changes in science, technology, patient activism, the market-driven health care environment, and the nature of nursing practice have all radically transformed nursing education. Educating Nurses, part of the Preparation for the Professions series from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, explores key issues for the future of the field as well as recommendations for revolutionary changes for administrators and faculty in nursing schools and programs.
About the Author
Patricia Benner directs The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's Study of Nursing Education and is professor emerita at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. She is a nursing educator and author of From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Nursing Practice and other notable books on nursing practice and education.
Molly Sutphen is on the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco and codirector of ?The Carnegie Foundation's Study of Nursing Education. She is a historian who has published widely on nursing education and the history of international health.
Victoria Leonard is a former nurse educator in maternal child nursing and health policy. Currently, she is a family nurse practitioner and child care health consultant at the UCSF California Childcare Health Program.
Lisa Day is a former nurse educator in critical care, acute care nursing, and ethics. Currently, she is a clinical nurse specialist for neuroscience and critical care at UCSF Medical Center. She authors the ethics column for the American Journal of Critical Care.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: Transformation, Crisis, and Opportunity.
1. A Profession Transformed.
2. Teaching and Learning in Clinical Situations.
3. Teaching and Learning in the Classroom and Skills Lab.
4. A New Approach to Nursing Education.
PART TWO: Teaching for a Sense of Salience.
5. Paradigm Case: Diane Pestolesi, Practitioner and Teacher.
6. Strategies for Teaching for a Sense of Salience.
PART THREE: Integrative Teaching for Clinical Imagination.
7. Paradigm Case: Lisa Day, Classroom and Clinical Instructor.
8. Developing a Clinical Imagination.
9. Connecting Classroom and Clinical Through Integrative Teaching and Learning.
PART FOUR: Teaching for Moral Imagination.
10. Paradigm Case: Sarah Shannon, Nurse Ethicist.
11. Being a Nurse.
12. Formation from a Critical Stance.
PART FIVE: A Call for Radical Transformation.
13. Improving Nursing Education at the Program Level.
Appendix: Methods for the Carnegie National Nursing Education Study.
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