Nur 588 Curriculum Development Paper

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Curriculum Development Paper Vicky Doss, RN, BSN NUR 588/Developing and Evaluating Educational Programs May 28, 2012 Monie Nuckles MSN, RN, PhD(c) Curriculum Development This paper develops a curriculum to for an educational program to be presented to surgical intensive care (SICU) nursing staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The educational program is based upon a needs assessment done at an earlier time and concluded that the current highest priority need for the unit is documentation. This educational program is being developed in order to help meet rising needs that have been voiced regarding a new documentation system. In a world where electronic medical records are becoming the norm nurses must be understand the significance…show more content…
In the use of documentation, a learning theory and instructional design are necessary in order to make sure that information is given for the learner to be able to meet the goals and objectives of the learning session. Because the learners for this session will be adult learners with previous knowledge of the educational topic, the instructional design that will be used is that of the Bloom’s Learning Taxonomy, while the learning theory is that of Knowles Adult Learning…show more content…
Though not all of these characteristics apply, “the practice of caring is central to nursing” (Current Nursing, 2012, para. 2). Documentation is an essential portion of providing safe, quality care for the patient. It allows the nurse to describe what is being done with the patient, what needs to be done, and what the goals are for that individual, much like that described by Watson. Components of good documentation are the same as Watson’s theory and nursing process; assessment, plan of action, intervention, and evaluation. A caring nurse will want to be able to improve and become more efficient with documentation so that they are able to provide more direct nursing care to their patients. Carative factor number seven in Watson’s theory call for the promotion of interpersonal teaching-learning. This describes “the caring nurses as one that must focus on the learning process as much as the teaching process” (Current Nursing, 2012, para. 3). Though documentation does not meet every aspect of Watson’s theory, caring is a vital part of what nursing is all about and no matter what realm of nursing needs revised nurses should care enough to better themselves to care better for their patients. Not only will the nurses benefit from the nursing theory applied to the learning session but there is also a theory based instructional
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