Strategies for Memory and Learning

Respond to this post explain a different learning theory/strategy by providing support to your colleague’s post and recommend at least two additional strategies that you would propose that your colleague’s favorite instructor might have employed to improve learning.

Strategies for Memory and Learning:

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Favorite Instructor

            When I was in nursing school, I had an amazing nursing instructor called DO. DO at the time was an MSN in education. A few years ago, she finished the PhD in nursing which did not surprise me as she is a true leader and innovator in nursing education. There are a many reasons why DO is by far my favorite and most influential nursing educator I have ever had the privilege to know. DO took the time in the classroom and in clinical to correlate the curriculum to real world practice. She had a constant saying at post conferance, “has learning occurred”. It was meant for a self-reflection statement of what have you learned. I often to say to myself 15 years later “has learning occurred Erica?”. She was always able to relate the information in a way that made sense into nursing practice and explain the theory behind it in a way that was relevant. As a nursing educator, DO comprehended the importance of practicing the general principals of educational theories that can improve the student’s knowledge base and understanding of the material (Aliakbari et al., 2015).

Education Strategies

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            Two strategies that Do employed often to be an effective educator were behaviorism and social constructivist perspective. DO used behaviorism often in the clinical setting by observing the student perform a skill, then applies a different perspective if the student did not perform the skills correctly (Dickerson, 2017). For example, DO would say “are you sure about those lung sounds?” prompting the student to redo the needing skill helping to perfect it.

            DO also used social constructivist perspective by encouraging learning within a community (Dickerson, 2017). DO always valued the pre and post conference during clinical by joining other clinical groups on a rotation to compare other students’ experiences. This was highly helpful in developing the nursing process by offering unique and similar experiences by the students at the same time. Students could also share skill levels and tips with their peers in a judgment free setting.

Principals of Adult Learning

            DO always tried to maintain the student’s dignity when correcting a skill or re-educating a student if they did not perform it correctly. She never was negative or shaming in her methods. DO practiced humanism as a principal. This is described a teaching approach that values the dignity of the student, supports the student’s feelings, and focuses on the students worth (Billings & Halstead, 2020). The humanism principal keeps the empathy for the students learning as an imperative part of the learning process.

            Another principal that DO used as a nursing educator is the principal of premise. This theory promotes caring for yourself and others that is based on “a moral, ethical, and philosophical foundation of love and values” (Billings & Halstead, 2020, p. 259). I remember DO referring a to patients loved one as her husband, bride, or love. This always made the spouse smile and develop a real level of trust and compassion that we had as the patients nurse. One of the very many aspects of nursing I learned from DO, creating a trusting relationship between the patient and patient’s family was key and starting that foundation was very simple by acknowledging the patient and families bound.

 

References

Aliakbari, F., Parvin, N., Heidari, M., & Haghani, F. (2015). Learning the theories application in  nursing education. Journal of Education and Health Promotion, 4, 1-10.

Billings, D. M., & Halstead, J. A. (2020). Teaching in nursing: A guide for faculty (6th ed). St    Louis, MO: Elsevier.

Dickerson, P. (2017). Core curriculum for nursing professional development (5th ed.). Chicago, IL: Association for Nursing Professional Development. 

 

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