Journal of Nursing Education

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Action Research on the Development of a Caring Curriculum in Taiwan: Part II

Jane Lee-Hsieh, MS, RN; Chien-Lin Kuo, MS, RN; Michael A. Turton, MA; Chin-Lung Hsu, MS; Hsiu-Chi Chu, MS

  • Journal of Nursing Education. 2007;46(12)
  • Posted December 1, 2007

Abstract

ABSTRACT

This article presents the development, design, implementation, and evaluation of the third-year course of a caring curriculum being developed for a 5-year associate degree nursing program in Taiwan. The course, titled Application of Caring Concepts, was taught to more than 800 students by 16 instructors recruited from various departments. The instructors attended workshops and seminars on caring and then developed the course materials and teaching strategies. Instructional strategies included role modeling, dialogue, discussions, journaling, simulations, readings, and projects that involved students’ applying caring skills outside of the classroom. Students were evaluated by patients in clinical practice using the Caring Behavior Measurement, developed in a previous study, and the course was evaluated by qualitative analysis of student feedback. Student responses to course content and instructional strategies were positive. Patients generally indicated that students always or normally performed caring behaviors. The study showed that with an appropriate curriculum and learning strategies, students can learn caring skills.

AUTHORS

Received: August 23, 2005

Accepted: March 29, 2006

Ms. Lee-Hsieh is Professor, Nursing Department, and Dean, Research and Development Affairs, Ms. Kuo is Lecturer, Nursing Department, Mr. Hsu is Associate Professor and Ms. Chu is Lecturer, General Education, Fooyin University, Kaohsiung, and Mr. Turton is Lecturer, Applied Foreign Languages Department, Chaoyang University, Taichung, Taiwan.

This study was supported by grant NSC 92-2516-S-242-002 from the National Science Council, Taiwan. The authors thank the patients, instructors, and nursing students who participated in this study for their cooperation and assistance.

Address correspondence to Jane Lee-Hsieh, MSN, RN, Professor, Nursing Department, and Dean, Research and Development Affairs, Fooyin University, 151 Chin Hsueh Road, Ta-Liao, Kaohsiung 831, Taiwan; e-mail: jhsieh@mail.fy.edu.tw.

Abstract

ABSTRACT

This article presents the development, design, implementation, and evaluation of the third-year course of a caring curriculum being developed for a 5-year associate degree nursing program in Taiwan. The course, titled Application of Caring Concepts, was taught to more than 800 students by 16 instructors recruited from various departments. The instructors attended workshops and seminars on caring and then developed the course materials and teaching strategies. Instructional strategies included role modeling, dialogue, discussions, journaling, simulations, readings, and projects that involved students’ applying caring skills outside of the classroom. Students were evaluated by patients in clinical practice using the Caring Behavior Measurement, developed in a previous study, and the course was evaluated by qualitative analysis of student feedback. Student responses to course content and instructional strategies were positive. Patients generally indicated that students always or normally performed caring behaviors. The study showed that with an appropriate curriculum and learning strategies, students can learn caring skills.

AUTHORS

Received: August 23, 2005

Accepted: March 29, 2006

Ms. Lee-Hsieh is Professor, Nursing Department, and Dean, Research and Development Affairs, Ms. Kuo is Lecturer, Nursing Department, Mr. Hsu is Associate Professor and Ms. Chu is Lecturer, General Education, Fooyin University, Kaohsiung, and Mr. Turton is Lecturer, Applied Foreign Languages Department, Chaoyang University, Taichung, Taiwan.

This study was supported by grant NSC 92-2516-S-242-002 from the National Science Council, Taiwan. The authors thank the patients, instructors, and nursing students who participated in this study for their cooperation and assistance.

Address correspondence to Jane Lee-Hsieh, MSN, RN, Professor, Nursing Department, and Dean, Research and Development Affairs, Fooyin University, 151 Chin Hsueh Road, Ta-Liao, Kaohsiung 831, Taiwan; e-mail: jhsieh@mail.fy.edu.tw.

ABSTRACT

This article presents the development, design, implementation, and evaluation of the third-year course of a caring curriculum being developed for a 5-year associate degree nursing program in Taiwan. The course, titled Application of Caring Concepts, was taught to more than 800 students by 16 instructors recruited from various departments. The instructors attended workshops and seminars on caring and then developed the course materials and teaching strategies. Instructional strategies included role modeling, dialogue, discussions, journaling, simulations, readings, and projects that involved students’ applying caring skills outside of the classroom. Students were evaluated by patients in clinical practice using the Caring Behavior Measurement, developed in a previous study, and the course was evaluated by qualitative analysis of student feedback. Student responses to course content and instructional strategies were positive. Patients generally indicated that students always or normally performed caring behaviors. The study showed that with an appropriate curriculum and learning strategies, students can learn caring skills.

AUTHORS

Received: August 23, 2005

Accepted: March 29, 2006

Ms. Lee-Hsieh is Professor, Nursing Department, and Dean, Research and Development Affairs, Ms. Kuo is Lecturer, Nursing Department, Mr. Hsu is Associate Professor and Ms. Chu is Lecturer, General Education, Fooyin University, Kaohsiung, and Mr. Turton is Lecturer, Applied Foreign Languages Department, Chaoyang University, Taichung, Taiwan.

This study was supported by grant NSC 92-2516-S-242-002 from the National Science Council, Taiwan. The authors thank the patients, instructors, and nursing students who participated in this study for their cooperation and assistance.

Address correspondence to Jane Lee-Hsieh, MSN, RN, Professor, Nursing Department, and Dean, Research and Development Affairs, Fooyin University, 151 Chin Hsueh Road, Ta-Liao, Kaohsiung 831, Taiwan; e-mail: jhsieh@mail.fy.edu.tw.

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