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From The CriticsReviewer: Melissa Banks-Sockriter, MSN (Delaware Technical & Community College)
Description: This book is designed to help new faculty members embrace nursing education as a liberal education, and shift away from a professional studies emphasis.
Purpose: It is intended to help new nursing faculty prepare for the teaching life.
Audience: This book is good for new educators just starting out, or seasoned faculty searching for meaning in their teaching.
Features: Four units cover a variety of areas in nursing education, starting with "Knowing the Self as Teacher," which encourages new faculty members to reflect on the pertinent questions that need to be asked to help them become the best possible educators. The third unit, "Teaching Practices That I Am Practicing," provides examples, bridging classroom theory and clinical practice. As a nurse educator, I enjoyed this unit the most, as there is nothing more gratifying than to see students apply the knowledge they have gained in a classroom or laboratory to an actual patient in the clinical environment. The clinical setting is where I find the most exciting and memorable education takes place. There is an especially interesting piece on "Helping Students Learn to Think," which uses as an example thinking out loud with students as they are problem solving. Chapters also include questions to ponder that push new nursing educators to critically think about their own teaching strategies.
Assessment: As a new nurse educator, I found this book to be helpful, educational, and insightful. It helped me evaluate my teaching and see how I can make changes to improve what my students learn in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. As nurses, we are taught how to take care of patients, not necessarily how to make the transition to the classroom as teachers. This book is a resource that I would recommend to all nurse educators.