Fast Facts for Curriculum Development in Nursing

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Fast Facts for Curriculum Development in Nursing

SKU# 9780826109989

How to Develop & Evaluate Educational Programs in a Nutshell

Author: Jan L. McCoy PhD, RN, Marion G. Anema PhD, RN


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This new addition to the Fast Facts series is a pithy guide for novice nurse educators to the development, revision, and evaluation of programs and curricula that meet the standard requirements of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the NLNAC, and CCNE.

Applying the concepts and principles of Systems Theory, the guide moves through the development process to include evaluation procedures where decisions are based on data. It addresses the common definitions of curriculum, how to design a curriculum, and how to design courses in accordance with the organizing elements of the program. The guide covers the purposes and development of a mission statement and of a program philosophy, as well as how to select an organizational framework. Curriculum implementation and faculty development requirements are also explored, in addition to educational and program outcomes and their evaluation. Organized for quick access and ease of use, each chapter defines key terms, summarizes important points, and lists resources for additional study.

Key Features:

  • Designed for use by all nursing educators regardless of educational environment or type of learner
  • Breaks each step of the program development process into manageable parts that build on each other
  • Uses concepts and principles of Systems Theory to guide curriculum development and evaluation
  • Assists new nurse educators in quickly identifying the individual elements of a program and grasping the connections between them

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 20, 2012
  • Page Count 200
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826109989
  • EISBN 9780826109996

Table of Contents 


Part I: Nursing Program Foundations

1. Considerations When Starting or Revising Nursing Programs

2. Overview of Systems Thinking

3. Purposes and Development of a Mission Statement

4. Purposes and Development of a Program Philosophy

5. Purposes and Selection of an Organizing Framework

Part II: Educational and Level Outcomes

6. Purposes and Examples of Educational Outcomes

7. Purposes and Examples of Level Outcomes

8. Purposes and Examples of Curricular Mapping

9. Faculty Development for Program Change

Part III: Curriculum and Course Design

10. Elements of a Curriculum

11. Elements of Curriculum Design

12. Elements of Course Design

Part IV: Evaluation of Programs and Curricula

13. Purposes and Examples of Program Outcomes

14. Purposes and Examples of Systematic Program


15. Purposes and Examples of Systematic Data


16. Purposes and Examples of Curriculum Data


17. Using Outcome Data to Support Quality Nursing