Sweetening a bitter pill: educational strategies supporting the foundation sciences in first year nursing

McCabe, Bernadette K. (2009) Sweetening a bitter pill: educational strategies supporting the foundation sciences in first year nursing. In: First Year in Higher Education Conference 2009, 29th June - 1st July 2009, Townsville, Australia.

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Abstract

The biological and physical sciences are an important component of the University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration) program. However, science courses within this curriculum have been traditionally problematic due to the fact that many nursing students perceive the course to be difficult due to lack of background science. The use of various educational strategies such as online quizzes, multimedia, and recorded lectures using Tablet PC have been utilised in the develop-ment of a foundation biophysical sciences course in nursing. This nuts and bolts session details these strategies and highlights the impact they have had on student learning. The session will provide the opportunity for participants to share similar experiences; particularly looking at ways in which improvements in first year courses have led to potential benefits in student retention and progression as well as enhanced knowledge and reduced anxiety in relation to application of knowledge in subsequent courses within a program of study.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Other)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Nuts & Bolts session - non-refereed. No evdience of copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: Dr Bernadette McCabe
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2010 05:46
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2011 01:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: bBiosciences in nursing: educational strategies; first year; student retention; reducing anxiety
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7862

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