Nursing Education Study
In its study of nursing education, the Foundation sought to understand the demands of learning to be a nurse and the most effective strategies for teaching nursing. As part of Carnegie’s Preparation for the Professions Program (PPP), this study took a comparative perspective to the issues of teaching, learning, assessment, and curriculum in nursing education.
The PPP has identified three dimensions of or apprenticeships for professional education. In nursing education these are high-end apprenticeships and include the following:
- Intellectual training to learn the academic knowledge base and the capacity to think in ways important to the profession.
- A skill-based apprenticeship of practice, including clinical judgment.
An apprenticeship to the ethical standards, ethical comportment, social roles, and responsibilities of the profession, through which the novice is introduced to the meaning of an integrated practice of all dimensions of the profession, grounded in the profession’s fundamental purposes.
- Patricia Benner, Senior Scholar
Molly Sutphen, Research Scholar
Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation
Patricia Benner, Molly Sutphen, Victoria Leonard and Lisa Day. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009.
Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation explores the strengths and weaknesses in nursing education and the external challenges the profession faces. It identifies the most effective practices for teaching nursing and persuasively argues that nursing education must be remade. Indeed, the authors call for radical advances in the pathways to nursing licensure and a radical new understanding of the curriculum.
Based on extensive field research conducted at a wide variety of nursing schools, and a national survey of teachers and students administered in cooperation with the National League for Nursing (NLN), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA), Educating Nurses offers recommendations to realign and transform nursing education.