The Importance Of Nursing Education Curriculum

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Nursing is always changing. With change, issues arise. Societal influences have led to some of these challenges. One prominent challenge in nursing curriculum is the lack of clinical sites. Many factors contributing to this issue. The increasing demand for practicing nurses, faculty shortage, the lack of collaboration between schools and hospitals, and an increased competition for these clinical sites are just a few factors that influence lack of clinical sites. This paper will discuss these issues that contribute to the lack of clinical sites that nursing education curriculum is facing, how it will impact future employment, and strategies to resolve this issue.

Nursing Development Curriculum Today’s societal influences have led
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One issue that exists for current students is a lack of hospital clinical sites to educate these students. This makes it difficult for nursing students to develop the needed skills before they graduate and begin practicing as a registered nurse. This paper will discuss the lack of clinical sites within the nursing education curriculum, the impact in future employment, and strategies to resolve this issue.
Issue of Clinical Sites
In recent years, nursing practice has been impacted by evolving changes in the healthcare industry. Different societal factors are changing how nursing education curriculum is taught in schools. These societal factors have contributed to a shortage of clinical sites for this new nursing education curriculum. One societal factor that has
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“Studies have concluded that the clinical environment is crucial for the educational experience of the nursing student” (Courtney-Pratt et al., 2012, p. 1385). Since nursing is a practice profession, it is important that the nursing students have opportunities to develop skills necessary for nursing practice. A notable gap in quality nursing care has been seen with the lack of clinical experience in new nurses. “Benner (2012) described the student nurse as a novice practitioner who has no experience in dealing with situations where they are expected to make decisions and perform nursing care” (p. 184). The student nurse practice is governed by a limited clinical experience and textbooks. The student’s lack of exposure to situational experiences decreases their chances of making appropriate judgments in clinical situations. This leads to mistakes that can have bad outcomes for patients or staff. Tension and negative attitudes may develop that will threaten the student’s development. Furthermore, if students do not identify with the nursing profession, they will leave and cause a greater shortage in the nursing

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