January 7th, 2021

Engaging Students

My primary role is nursing educator. As I have continued in this role through the pandemic, students are not engaged. They are not developing the strong relationships that include support and encouragement that we usually see.

I have attempted to connect with students virtually but it is not the same. I do believe that efforts to personalize online courses and to take time out of each virtual session to engage the students in dialogue has helped me to connect to my students.

I have used several tools to engage students and do not "lecture" in my online classes. My way of teaching has completely changed and even after the pandemic, I don't believe I will go back to the old way. I have said for years, we teach the same way I was taught, how is that possible when "healthcare is always changing" but we do not change the way we educate nursing students.

I would love to share my ideas and in return, hear yours about teaching during the pandemic and how we can use this time to change nursing education while still preparing students for the real world.

Tags: Communication, COVID 19, Listening, Resilient, Support, Supportive management

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Hi Tammy:

I have several friends who are teachers -- from elementary through college. They all share your challenge and frustration.

I'd love to hear more about your ideas. What's worked best for you?

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