I employ a variety of teaching methods and strategies that involve assessment and engagement of students in order to promote application of nursing knowledge in a clinical environment. This application of knowledge is meant to develop and enhance critical thinking skills, clinical judgement, communication, leadership, human caring and life-long learning skills as just some examples of requirements for professional nursing practice.
Examples of assessment strategies include: the creation and use of a student assessment form based on adult learning principles, the VARK questionnaire to determine student learning styles and frequent clarification during the clinical rotation. These assessment strategies support my belief that each learner is a unique individual with learning needs specific to who they are as people.
Examples of engagement strategies include: student- identified learning goals, context-based simulations, frequent and plenty of hands on experience, post clinical reflections, group and partner work, student led presentations and demonstrations, co-learning exercises between students and myself. These strategies support my belief that learning occurs when students can make relevant connections to their future roles as registered nurses.
Furthermore, I am intentional in creating a psychologically safe and inclusive learning environment in which to implement these strategies. To me this means being approachable, caring, patient, authentic, transparent and genuinely interested in students. By doing so, I believe students will find the space to develop into the best version of their authentic, professional selves; in other words, a Registered Nurse who who genuinely cares for his/her patient.