The employment of registered nurses is expected to increase through this decade at a faster pace than the average for all occupations (U.S. Department of Labor, 2013). There were no statistics reported from the Department of Labor on the job market for nurse educators, but someone is needed to teach those nurses. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) (2012), there are nearly 1,200 faculty vacancies in schools of nursing in the United States, affecting the number of qualified students that schools can admit to their programs. It is a fact: we need to prepare more nurse educators. This includes graduate students, clinicians who are transitioning from a practice position to the role of faculty member in a school of nursing, and other nurses who precept and teach students as part of their role. These students and nurses need to understand theories of learning, best practices of teaching and methods to use, how to evaluate learning and performance, curriculum development, and the role of a nurse educator in a school of nursing and other settings. Today, more than ever, nurse educators need to use evidence to guide their educational practices and develop their scholarship of teaching and learning.
We wrote a new book to prepare nurse educators with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful: Teaching in Nursing and Role of the Educator: The Complete Guide to Best Practice in Teaching, Evaluation, and Curriculum Development. Our goal was to include essential information for teaching in nursing under one cover, and I think we accomplished that goal. Chapters are both scholarly and practical — we provide many examples and tools nurse educators can use in their own teaching.
Some students may be enrolled in a graduate program where they will take multiple nursing education courses. However, in other programs, especially DNP and PhD programs, students are likely to take only one or two courses in nursing education. They need a comprehensive textbook that not only prepares them for effective teaching in nursing but also introduces them to other dimensions of the educator role. This new book meets that need.
More and more schools of nursing offer their graduate programs and courses online. To help faculty, I prepared course materials to accompany this book. These include:
- A syllabus you can use, complete with course schedule and reference list
- A course with 16 modules (one for each chapter in the book) that includes a summary of each module, learning activities for students, discussion questions, and assessment strategies
- PowerPoint presentations for each chapter in the book.
You can use these materials for an online course – place them in your course management system – or use them in a face-to-face or hybrid course. If you are teaching a nursing education course and want to use one comprehensive text, this is it. And by the way, make it easy on yourself: I prepared these instructor materials for you.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2012, October 24). Nursing faculty shortage fact sheet. http://www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/fact-sheets/nursing-faculty-shortage. Accessed December 17, 2013.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. (2013). Occupational outlook handbook, 2012-13 edition, registered nurses. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm. Accessed December 17, 2013.