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Teach Students to THINK Like a Nurse:

Transformational Strategies that will Prepare Students for Practice


This full-day workshop (5-6 hours content) incorporates hands-on strategies with multiple breakout sessions to implement a “clinical reasoning based curriculum” that has the power to strengthen student learning in the class and clinical settings as well as transform nursing education!

The foundation for this presentation is based on the educational best practice work of Patricia Benner who led the Carnegie Foundation’s research on the state of nursing education that was published in the book Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation.

This presentation provides nurse educators with practical strategies and tools to implement active learning that emphasizes clinical reasoning in the classroom.

But it does much more. It helps educators recognize “sacred cows” in nursing education that continue to hinder student learning and to think differently so that student learning is strengthened.

I also address the most common struggles that educators face in the clinical and classroom including how to effectively engage students in the learning process and decrease content load so that students acquire the DEEP learning of what is MOST important!


This workshop is a full day presentation (6 hours content) that incorporates numerous breakout sessions and hands-on strategies to implement the paradigm changes that are required to radically transform nursing education based on the work of Patricia Benner and the co-authors in Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation.

These paradigm changes include the need to contextualize theory content to the bedside so students can see why it is relevant, greater integration of classroom and clinical education, and emphasis of clinical reasoning throughout the curriculum. Practical tools that the presenter has created and successfully used in his program to make transformation possible will be provided so that each participant can make transformational change to their program as well!

But lasting change requires more than tools. New ways of THINKING about nursing education also need to be embraced. Needed paradigm shifts are shared so that in addition to transforming nursing education, the nurse educator is also included in this transformational process! A vision of transforming the nursing profession is communicated that includes discussing the cancer of incivility that remains all too common in nursing and nursing education. Practical strategies to directly and respectfully address incivility and bullying in both the academic and clinical contexts are discussed.


  1. Identify the reasons that the academic-practice gap persists in nursing education.
  2. Describe the traits of excellence that nurse educators need to demonstrate.
  3. Identify the three paradigm shifts that are needed to best prepare students for clinical practice.
  4. Identify the most important content in the curriculum that must be deeply understood to better prepare students for professional practice.
  5. Describe the components of clinical reasoning.
  6. Explore how clinical reasoning benefits student learning and can improve patient outcomes.
  7. Explain how clinical reasoning is utilized to make a correct clinical judgment.
  8. List the 12 questions that identify the sequential steps of clinical reasoning a nurse uses in practice.
  9. Construct your own clinical reasoning scenario and case study based on a template provided by the presenter.
  10. Describe how caring behaviors and nurse engagement improve patient outcomes.
  11. Identify teaching strategies that will prepare students to think like a nurse in the classroom setting.
  12. Identify teaching strategies that will prepare students to think like a nurse in the clinical setting.
  13. Apply clinical reasoning in clinical paperwork and an alternative clinical assignment that allow students to practice nurse thinking.
  14. Compare and contrast uncivil behaviors in clinical practice with those most commonly seen in academia.
  15. Identify practical strategies to reduce incivility in nursing and nursing education.

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