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Traditional nursing programs rely heavily on highly structured courses, labs and clinical experiences. Information is memorized and linear thinking is often used. This approach cultivates rote responses to situations faced by nurses in the workplace.
Concept-based learning is a dynamic approach that addresses the increasing expectations and responsibilities of today’s nurses. It recognizes that health care is filled with lots of information and it’s often difficult for students to learn and retain every detail.
Team-oriented problem solvers
Concept-based learning teaches nursing students key concepts that can be applied to multiple clinical settings. As a result, they develop a deep understanding of interrelated concepts and how to organize information in logical ways. In the workplace, they are collaborative, team-oriented problem solvers.
Becoming a more effective, efficient nurse
Active, engaged learning is at the heart of concept-based education. In the clinical setting, nursing students are taught techniques for becoming effective, efficient care managers. Health care organizations gain nurses who are versatile and skilled across multiple platforms–care provider, designer and manager–and are poised for career advancement.