This spring semester 2014, I have the privilege of team teaching Nursing 450 Applied Pathophysiology with Peggy Hanson, RN, MS, CFRN, CCRN, CEN who is currently the ED/Occupational Health/Cardiology Nurse Manager at the Fargo VAMC. I was searching the web looking for Peggy’s specific credentials and found this website. Take a look! https://www.ndscs.edu/parents-counselors/success-stories/.
As a side note, many of you probably know the RN to BSN program at MSUM recently made some fairly major curriculum changes. Our new curriculum is more coherent. In each course, students are asked to consider and explore specific areas of professional interest and relate the course content to their desired focus area. In addition, the program now culminates in a capstone course where students will be completing a leadership project in their area of interest with a professional mentor. This is in contrast to the previous clinical experience, where the student spent a specific number of hours with a clinical preceptor.
Consequently, in Nursing 450 this semester, we are developing a “menu” of case studies for students to choose from. Each student will choose three case studies to complete from topics that include obstetrical, psychiatric, gerontological, critical care, pediatric and preventative nursing care. We may continue to expand our repertoire next semester based on students’ responses and interests. Hopefully this will assist students in either expanding their knowledge base in a specific area or in exploring information related to potential leadership projects. As instructors, we have been enjoying the exploration and challenge of developing these topics. It’s been very valuable to combine our professional experience and backgrounds in this endeavor!