At the December 10 Anniversary Baccalaureate Education Conference in San Antonio, Texas, “Keeping Pace with Rapid Change in Baccalaureate Nursing Education,” I celebrated with 520 attendees the recent poll which continues to find nursing is the most respected among its professional peers.
The challenge to nurse educators is to create and sustain educational systems which guide and nurture future nurses, while at the same time recognizing the changing social and economic dynamics within which we live and work. One speaker discussed the challenge of New Learner/Same Faculty. Integrating innovative technology through the use of Second Life gaming and other simulation devices are becoming popular in nursing programs. Some have concerns about costs of initiating such programs with ill-defined learning objectives and measurement of learning outcomes.
Developing cultural competency within the nursing curriculum is guided by standards from the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing. Demonstrating accomplishment of such will now be integral to school accreditation. Competency in applying knowledge of social/cultural factors and their affect on health care is foundational to professional nursing. Continuous cultural competency development is crucial for faculty as role models to students. An interesting and valuable Web site is thinkculturalhealth.org.
Wisconsin Lutheran College nursing is already well on its way to guiding its students through the complexities of the professional world. The Nursing Laboratory will soon be one more vital learning environment. Watch for updates in the coming months.