Journal of Nursing Education

Major Articles 

Rescuing Nursing Education from Content Saturation: The Case for a Concept-Based Curriculum

Jean F. Giddens, PhD, APRN-BC; Debra P. Brady, PhD, RN

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Nursing education has been plagued with a saturation of content for many years. The multiple contributing factors underscore the complexity of the problem and validate the need for educational reform. The purpose of this article is to discuss various factors contributing to content saturation and propose a conceptual approach for curriculum development and teaching in nursing education.

AUTHORS

Received: April 18, 2005

Accepted: December 6, 2005

Dr. Giddens is Associate Professor and Dr. Brady is Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Address correspondence to Jean F. Giddens, PhD, APRN-BC, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, MSC09 5350, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001; e-mail: jgiddens@salud.unm.edu.

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Nursing education has been plagued with a saturation of content for many years. The multiple contributing factors underscore the complexity of the problem and validate the need for educational reform. The purpose of this article is to discuss various factors contributing to content saturation and propose a conceptual approach for curriculum development and teaching in nursing education.

AUTHORS

Received: April 18, 2005

Accepted: December 6, 2005

Dr. Giddens is Associate Professor and Dr. Brady is Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Address correspondence to Jean F. Giddens, PhD, APRN-BC, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, MSC09 5350, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001; e-mail: jgiddens@salud.unm.edu.

ABSTRACT

Nursing education has been plagued with a saturation of content for many years. The multiple contributing factors underscore the complexity of the problem and validate the need for educational reform. The purpose of this article is to discuss various factors contributing to content saturation and propose a conceptual approach for curriculum development and teaching in nursing education.

AUTHORS

Received: April 18, 2005

Accepted: December 6, 2005

Dr. Giddens is Associate Professor and Dr. Brady is Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Address correspondence to Jean F. Giddens, PhD, APRN-BC, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, MSC09 5350, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001; e-mail: jgiddens@salud.unm.edu.

10.3928/01484834-20070201-05

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