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Effective Use of Digital Products – Introducing the Bucket Strategy

Megan Ubben, Digital Product Educator at Elsevier

The purpose of this paper is to discuss how to effectively plan a nursing course using digital products. I developed the Bucket Strategy as a way to determine the best placement of digital products in your course.

As a novice, or even as a skilled educator, it is easy to become overwhelmed with all the digital resources available! Elsevier’s digital products such as HESI, Sherpath, Elsevier Adaptive Quizzing, Clinical Skills, and SimChart®, are all great tools to incorporate into a course but it can be overwhelming to understand how to use them effectively. This is a common theme echoed among nurse educators as they adopt new digital products.

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The Challenges Ahead for Texas Nurse Educators

Elsevier’s commitment of the education of nurses through its support of faculty is long-standing. In today’s environment, a major problem in nursing education is the SHORTAGE OF QUALIFIED NURSING FACULTY. Unfortunately, there is a direct relationship between the number of nurse educators available and the number of undergraduate and graduate nursing students who can be prepared for the nursing educational work force.

This concern in Texas drove the development of the conference, Challenges for Texas Nurse Educators, held on February 17, 2017. This conference was designed to 1) confirm that the shortages identified in the literature accurately illustrate the current experience in Texas and 2) explore reasons for the insufficient number of nurse educators in Texas and strategies to resolve this issue. The conference was funded by the Texas Action Coalition, Texas Team: Advancing Health for Texas, RWJF Coalition through shared funds with the Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association. The participants of the workshop heard leaders from the National League of Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Organization of Associate Degree Nursing, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Texas Board of Nursing, Texas Nurses Association and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and then participated in group discussions. From these conversations came recommendations to address the nurse faculty shortage in Texas.

The members of the Team Texas Task Force involved in this project recognized that the concerns from Texas nursing programs are no different from those of other nurses across the country. Thanks to the support of Elsevier, we would like to share this work and invite our colleagues across the country to adapt it to meet the needs in their environments.

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Managing Director, Collaborative Momentum Consulting

On Behalf of the Texas Team Education Task Force

Patricia Allen, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Chair
Professor, Texas Tech University HSC,
School of Nursing

Carol Boswell, EdD, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Professor, Texas Tech University HCS
School of Nursing

Joyce Batcheller DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Nurse Executive Advisor, Leadership
The Center for the Advancement of
Healthcare Professionals
AMN Healthcare

Sharon Cannon, EdD, RN, ANEF
Regional Dean and Professor
Texas Tech University HSC,School of Nursing

Michael Evans, Ph.D., FAAN
Professor and Dean
Texas Tech University HSC,
School of Nursing

Marvella Starlin, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing Education
Cisco, College

Jayson T. Valerio DNP, RN
Interim Dean
Nursing & Allied Health Division
South Texas College

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Innovation in Radiography Education: The College of Health Care Professions

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

In the 2014-24 Employment Projection Summary, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for radiologic technologists in the U.S. will grow 9%, faster than the average of all occupations. This continued growth is driven by the aging of the population, technological advances, and changes in the delivery and reimbursement of health care in the U.S. These factors influence the need for innovative educational approaches to meet the needs of the growing number of patients needing services AND to provide an avenue for professional growth for many providers who wish to expand their scope of practice.

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Strategies for Encouraging the Acceptance and Successful Implementation of a Concept-Based Curriculum

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Dean Margaret Ashbury has a dilemma. She has been concerned about content saturation in the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program of the college. This concern has grown as NCLEX-RN® first-time pass rates have been dropping over the last two years. This is not surprising, given that the nursing curriculum has not been updated in 12 years. 

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The Pedagogy of Civility: Innovative Strategies to Create an Engaged Learning Environment

Cynthia M. Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

For many nurse educators, the start of a new semester beckons and thoughts turn to preparing for classes and welcoming a new group of students. For some, this is an exciting and much-anticipated experience, for others — dread begins to set in as the joy of teaching wanes. Let’s take a moment to consider your motivation for teaching. Do you consider teaching a calling? Do you teach because you've been doing it for such a long time that you can't imagine yourself doing anything else? Are you teaching for the pure joy of it? Or is it a combination of many factors?

Perhaps academic incivility has not impacted your enthusiasm for teaching, for others, maybe it has. In either case, creating a safe, civil, engaged teaching-learning environment is important for students and faculty alike. However, many faculty lack formal education and training on ways to prevent and address academic incivility. This is not something we grasp without instruction and practice…

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