Student Engagement and the Brain

By Susan Sportsman, RN, PhD, ANEF, FAAN

An idea gaining momentum in nursing education over the last decade or so suggests that student engagement promotes success in school, on the NCLEX examination, and ultimately in practice. In response to the resulting “Flipping the Classroom” mantra, most of us have instituted some level of active learning into our classrooms as a means of encouraging student engagement. Despite grumbling from some students (“Why do we have to teach ourselves?”), these approaches have often seemed effective—at least for many students.

As I talk to faculty from across the country, I hear Continue reading “Student Engagement and the Brain”

Why did you become a Nurse Educator?

by Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

The shortage of nursing faculty is severe and likely to become worse in the next several years. There are many interrelated reasons for this—reasons that we all know well. However, many of you reading this blog chose to Continue reading “Why did you become a Nurse Educator?”

The Engaged Student: Reading with Purpose

by Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Educational research has consistently found that if students are engaged in the learning process, they are more likely to be successful in developing the identified competencies. For the last 10 years or so, nursing educators have Continue reading “The Engaged Student: Reading with Purpose”

The Complex Challenge of Improving NCLEX Pass Rates

By Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

The September 2017 Collaborative Momentum Consulting blog “What were the program’s NCLEX scores this year?” sparked a considerable amount of Continue reading “The Complex Challenge of Improving NCLEX Pass Rates”

Interprofessional Education: Getting Initiatives Off the Ground

by Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

The rapidly changing health care landscape increasingly requires caregivers to provide evidence-based, interprofessional care and to prepare students to exhibit these competencies upon graduation. To underscore this requirement, educational and practice accrediting bodies expect Continue reading “Interprofessional Education: Getting Initiatives Off the Ground”

Concept Based Curriculum in Nursing Education: What do we know?

by Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

For the last fifteen years, nurse educators have struggled to offer a curriculum that prepares students for successful practice after graduation (and success on the NCLEX examination), without falling into the trap of Continue reading “Concept Based Curriculum in Nursing Education: What do we know?”

Positivity Propaganda

By Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

“Think positive” is a mantra that we all say to ourselves as a way to move forward toward a goal.  We are attracted to people who see the world in a positive way, who view challenges as a positive opportunity, and who see the struggle as something to enjoy.   As someone who came from a family of storytellers who believed there was no life experience that couldn’t be made into a funny story, I absolutely believe that thinking positively—and laughing a lot—is the attitude to choose.

So why is this blog titled “Positivity Propaganda?”  Continue reading “Positivity Propaganda”

“What were the program’s NCLEX scores this year?”

By Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Nurse educators have heard this phrase dozens and dozens of times in their career.  At times we can reply with pride (and often relief!)—“Our first time pass rate exceeded our expectations, and we were expecting this class to do very well!” Other times we are counting every student who passes with crossed fingers and bated breath.  Over the years as a faculty, Associate Dean, and Dean, I have had both experiences and have spent considerable time thinking about ways to maintain or improve my students’ NCLEX scores.

Many factors play into students’ success, Continue reading ““What were the program’s NCLEX scores this year?””

Expect the Exceptional: Six Ways Educators Can Get the Year Off To a Good Start

By Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

I have always loved fall, mostly because it signals time to return to school.  I was one of those kids who loved school—no wonder I spent many years of my career either in graduate school and/or as a nurse educator!  Each year, as fall approaches, I think about what I can do to maintain my “fall excitement” throughout the year.   A mantra that helps me maintain my enthusiasm as a nurse educator is to “Expect that the new term will be exceptional.”  Educational research demonstrates that Continue reading “Expect the Exceptional: Six Ways Educators Can Get the Year Off To a Good Start”

The Evolution of a Consultant

by Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

July 2017 marks the introduction of Collaborative Momentum Consulting LLC,   a consulting firm designed to provide support for nurse and health professions educators in curriculum development, program evaluation, and faculty development to improve student and faculty outcomes.  My move to the role as an independent consultant has stimulated me to consider the road that has led me to this point.

As a little girl, I read Continue reading “The Evolution of a Consultant”