Title: Nursing Education: Planning and delivering the curriculum
Authors: Jennifer Boore and Pat Deeny
Reviewer: Taryn L. Hill, associate degree online faculty manager/assistant professor, Chamberlain College of Nursing
What was it like?
This valuable book introduces the concepts of planning and delivering the curriculum. There are step-by-step instructions on how to plan and deliver an updated curriculum that includes evidenced based theory and practice.
What were the highlights?
The author offers specific strategies to develop, plan and deliver nursing curriculum with a focus on quality management that will assist the future nursing workforce.
Strengths & weaknesses:
No weaknesses were identified with this book while strengths of this book are numerous, for example, there is an entire chapter dedicated to quality management. Programs of nursing are tasked with the important role of updating and ensuring quality in the nursing program and this book offers valuable ways to complete this. With the complexity of healthcare institutions, it is imperative that nursing programs meet the needs of those organisations. Additional strengths of this book include a section on mentoring that discusses how to prepare mentors, clinical educators and didactic educators, and it also integrates information regarding the responsibility of mentors within academia. The information contained in this publication is evidence based and is aimed at developing the future of nursing. It strives to define nursing education while building a sustainable workforce that is versed in evidence based nursing care. The authors describe a strategic plan that focuses on the development of the curricula integrating both theory and practice. A strong focus is dedicated to identifying alternate teaching and learning activities. This book not only includes ideas for curricular content, but it encompasses a focus on leadership in nursing. Transformational outcomes can be developed that are based on education and guided by the curriculum that includes both clinical skills and simulation. The book also offers a list of reasonable assistance for students with disabilities and contains a section on personal support and tutoring of students. The use of technology in nursing education is also a focus of this book and includes a description of the necessary competence in informatics that is currently of great importance for the new graduate nurse.
Who should read it?
This book is a valuable resource for anyone who teaches nursing at the didactic or clinical level, as well as those involved in curriculum revisions.