2009 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 21, 2009
HUB Ballroom

Session Description



Integration of Problem-based Learning in the Nursing Informatics Graduate Curriculum

George Demiris, Brenda Zierler, Jaime Palmer (Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, School of Nursing)

Problem based learning (PBL) was first introduced to the health professions as a curricula modality in the seventies and since then its value for health related curricula has been documented in and supported by an extensive body of literature. While this model has been primarily used for clinical courses in health sciences, PBL can also be used beyond clinical scenarios and applied to building research capacity, acquiring administrative, project management and other skills. In recent years employers in health care organizations have been recognizing the need for nurses to enter the workforce with a set of informatics competencies. Numerous nursing informatics programs have been established worldwide. The challenge becomes to explore innovative tools that will equip nurses with the appropriate skills to utilize information technology to improve health care quality and patient safety and redesign health care services. We present the integration of PBL modules into an existing nursing informatics curriculum, the Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technologies Master program at the School of Nursing, University of Washington, which is a two year graduate MS program. We discuss recommendations and challenges associated with the integration of PBL in nursing informatics graduate education including the need for facilitators, flexible technology platforms, promotion and documentation of group work, and faculty training.


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