Faculty Development

We’re committed to helping you grow as an educator. Below, are a select series of articles written by industry experts designed to help you create engaging lessons, vibrant classrooms, and successful curricula.

Interprofessional Education: What It is and How to Use It

Interprofessional education (IPE) teaches students how to enhance their own practice by harnessing the knowledge and expertise of other members of the health care team. In this informative webinar, the authors of Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Health Care discuss the core competencies required for successful interprofessional collaboration and the importance of providing students with opportunities to practice those competencies and skills with students from other disciplines. Practical examples highlight how IPE activities differ from traditional learning exercises by allowing students to learn with, from, and about each other.

The Importance of “soft” Skills in Healthcare Professions

Being able to communicate effectively is one of the most vital skills to have in the field of healthcare. Known as a “soft” skill, excellent communication is not just important when relating to patients but for daily interactions with colleagues as well. Elsevier Digital Product Educator, Helen Murphy, discusses strategies for developing students’ “soft” skills to help them deliver seamless, personalized patient care.

Assessing Quality of Simulation

Every nurse educator needs to ask themselves, did the students get what they needed from this experience? When finishing a simulation, this can be a tricky question to answer, even with well-developed plans. Internationally known educational consultant and nurse educator, Dr. Tim Bristol, shares an easy-to-use grid of QSEN competencies to help you and your students assess each simulation.

Preparing your Students for Practice: Strategies, tips and advice for ensuring student success in their transition to the workforce

Transitioning from student to the workplace can be a challenge for new graduates. With little experience to gauge the future on, many new graduates treat the workplace similarly to a school environment (looking for guidance from instructors, lack of respect for fellow students, or decreased responsibility for their actions – just to name a few). Consider sharing the following tips with your students to help them succeed in today’s workforce.

Patient-Centered Care: Creating Human-Based Learning Activities

Bringing simulation into the classroom and changing patient scenarios are important strategies to help your students begin to build good patient-centered care habits. Expert nurse educator Tim Bristol offers a plan for teaching patient-centered care to students, utilizing simulation learning systems and client-centered curve balls.

Personal Learning Environments and Clinical Judgment

Each student has a unique way of navigating and managing his or her world. To truly help individual students understand classroom material, educators need to facilitate a personal learning environment (PLE). This goal of developing a PLE philosophy is to create learning experiences that not only promote success in the students’ individual learning style/preference but also in areas in which they are not comfortable. This mirrors what they’ll see in practice where they’ll not only be faced with complex client needs, but complex and everchanging communication and information management structures.

The New NCLEX®: Simulation is Not Optional

With anticipated changes coming to the NCLEX® and an increased emphasis on students’ clinical judgement, it is essential to integrate simulation throughout your curriculum. In this article, Dr. Tim Bristol provides strategies you can start implementing now to prepare your students.

Six Creative Ways to Implement Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Practice - without an Academic Center on Campus

It seems logical that health professionals should be taught how to respectfully and effectively communicate across professional lines. However, coordinating this type of academic experience has its challenges. Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Director at Montclair State University, Courtney Reinisch, shares her experiences with creating opportunities for interprofessional education and partnerships on campus.

NCLEX® Client Needs and Lesson Plans

With research for the Next Generation NCLEX® Project underway, an increased emphasis on clinical judgement has moved to the forefront of nursing education. Dr. Tim Bristol explains ways faculty can incorporate the NCLEX® Client Needs into their lesson plans to ensure students develop clinical judgement through real-life application of concepts.

Strategies for Incorporating the Concepts of Patient Teaching

Nursing curricula are bursting at the seams with concepts and content. There is little time to incorporate the principals of patient education and faculty have little time to develop and implement creative ideas for helping students learn and practice the concepts of teaching. Expert educator, Donna Walls shares a few ideas for integrating patient education themes throughout a curriculum.

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Why Be a Mentor?

Mentorship is key to helping the next generation of educators get acclimated to their new role. Most often, though, mentoring is perceived as a one-way street with benefits only for the mentee. In part one of this three-part series, Dr. Tim Bristol calls attention to the benefits the mentor can receive from mentorship.

How Do I Mentor?

Mentorship requires the mentor to utilize a range of skills in order to allow the mentee to grow professionally and personally. In part two of this three-part series, Dr. Tim Bristol shares three components of the mentoring process and the skills needed for each.

What Do I Look for in a Mentor?

There are several acceptable approaches to choosing an effective mentor; but, more important is the ability to identify key characteristics that can be early indicators of whether the mentorship will be successful. In part three of this three-part series, Dr. Tim Bristol outlines four key characteristics.

A Framework for Managing Change

We live in the age of instability, which escalates change across many environments. The potential for change raises a variety of responses. Dr. Susan Sportsman discusses how faculty must think of change in a different way

Nursing Education and the Multigenerational Classroom

It is a common occurrence for nursing educators to have a diverse classroom with students from different generations. Dr. Tim Bristol discusses ways to combat the challenges educators face in a multigenerational classroom, including meeting the needs of all students and preparing them to work with colleagues who are generationally very different.

Five Things I Wish I Had Known Before Teaching Clinical

It is crucial to use clinical time as effectively and efficeiently as possible as this allows students to experience a glimpse of the workforce. Not to mention, it can be difficult for some programs to secure this time due to lack of hospital space and availability. Dr. Tim Bristol shares five things he's learned that made his time teaching clinical more effective.

The Importance of Teamwork and Collaboration in Nursing

Collaborating within a team is a core competency for nurses. Dr. Susan Sportsman discusses the importance not only for educators to provide opportunities for students to learn team work but also for educators to model this behavior by working in various teams as part of their faculty responsibilities.

Interprofessional Education: A Significant Change in Healthcare Education

Join Dr. Mariann Harding and Dr. Jeffrey Kwong as they discuss not only the history and importance of IPE, but share with you advice regarding IPE strategies that can be used in various education programs and how to overcome some of the challenges you will likely encounter.

Effective Problem-Based Learning Tools

Problem-based learning (PBL) builds critical thinking and reasoning skills to further students' understanding. Tim Bristol discusses how to use self-directed and collaborative learning techniques to address the needs of students. He also shares how to implement and manage problem-based learning through instructional learning technology tools.

Ensuring Student Success in Your Health Science Programs

When it comes to program quality, an important key indicator is student success. Tim Bristol explains what student success encompasses and what educators should continuously be thinking about to ensure success.

Growing the Future: The Search for Nursing Educators

Qualified nursing faculty members are in short supply. Budget cuts, seasoned educators retiring, and increased completion from clinical sites contribute to this growing crisis. Two thought leaders in nursing education discuss this issue in this Q&A.

Developing and Supporting High-Quality Nursing Talent

Former Nurse Manager for Specialty Surgical Services at Barnes Jewish Hospital, Mike Tucker, has an eye for talent. The following is his story of how a daily interaction with a kind cashier led to the birth of a natural nurse.

5 Things Today's Nursing Students Will Likely Never Experience

Nursing education and clinical practice have come a long way since the days of Florence Nightingale. Take a trip down memory lane with examples of things that have now become history for nursing students.