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Doctorate of Nursing Practice Students' Impressions of Uses for Visual Thinking Strategies

Desiree Hensel, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, CNE; Margaret Moorman, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC

Abstract

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a structured art-viewing technique designed to teach critical thinking and aesthetic appreciation. Literature on how VTS might be used in nursing is just emerging. This qualitative descriptive study examined written responses to how 14 doctorate of nursing practice students thought they might use VTS in their practice after engaging in a classroom session. Three themes emerged for how nurses might use VTS: Facilitating Interpersonal Relationships, Changing Thinking in Practice, and As a Teaching Tool. This study contributes to the growing body of literature that suggests that art and VTS and can be used in nursing with practitioners of all levels to promote conversations that involve listening intently and considering other possibilities.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2017;48(8):365–368.

Authors

Dr. Hensel is Professor and Founding Dean, Curry College School of Nursing, Milton, Massachusetts; and Dr. Moorman is Coordinator, MSN in Nursing Education, and Clinical Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Address correspondence to Desiree Hensel, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, CNE, Professor and Founding Dean, Curry College School of Nursing, 1071 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton, MA 02166; e-mail: desiree.hensel@curry.edu.

Received: December 31, 2016
Accepted: April 25, 2017

10.3928/00220124-20170712-08

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a structured art-viewing technique designed to teach critical thinking and aesthetic appreciation. Literature on how VTS might be used in nursing is just emerging. This qualitative descriptive study examined written responses to how 14 doctorate of nursing practice students thought they might use VTS in their practice after engaging in a classroom session. Three themes emerged for how nurses might use VTS: Facilitating Interpersonal Relationships, Changing Thinking in Practice, and As a Teaching Tool. This study contributes to the growing body of literature that suggests that art and VTS and can be used in nursing with practitioners of all levels to promote conversations that involve listening intently and considering other possibilities.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2017;48(8):365–368.

Dr. Hensel is Professor and Founding Dean, Curry College School of Nursing, Milton, Massachusetts; and Dr. Moorman is Coordinator, MSN in Nursing Education, and Clinical Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Address correspondence to Desiree Hensel, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, CNE, Professor and Founding Dean, Curry College School of Nursing, 1071 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton, MA 02166; e-mail: desiree.hensel@curry.edu.

Received: December 31, 2016
Accepted: April 25, 2017
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