“Assigned Readings” – how do you pick them?

I recently came across a very interesting “Scholarly Kitchen” blog post on the future of textbooks, which you might want to read!  But in addition to the possibilities that it outlines for future potential to “curate” or custom designbook-845280_1280 readings for your courses, the post brought to mind the immense challenge we face in nursing in finding readings that address many of the “missing” issues in our standard nursing texts – social determinants of health, cultural challenges from the perspective of people who are part of minority cultures, alternative or non-western approaches to healing, and the list can go on and on.  To put it simply the overwhelming volume of material we do have to choose from adds up a a very limited, restricted, and often biased perspective from which to educate nursing students.  So let us know your challenges, and ways in which you have found to compensate for what is missing in the dominant nursing literature, and how to work other perspectives in to your reading list for students!


  1. To date I have been a receiver of academic assignments; however, I do have great information to share about where you can find up-to-date and evidence-based material. As Director of the CT Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition, I am overseeing 2 exciting projects that will soon be available online for all to use. First, we are developing a Diversity Toolkit that addresses nursing workforce and patient care issues around cultural issues. It will be a well curated reference guide to readings, websites, videos, etc. Many Action Coalitions around the country have Diversity Toolkits available on their websites. I expect the CT version to be on our website in the next month or two. To access all the state Action Coalition websites, go to http://campaignforaction.org/. Next, we are also developing an online education program that addresses current concepts in Population Health. The program is currently in draft form and will be ready to pilot in a few months. It is evidence-based and arranged in short modules. CE credits will be offered. The program will be hosted by the CT League for Nursing and you can check that website over the next several months to see when it goes live. Both of these offerings will be meaningful and relevant for nursing students at all levels – and will not require highlighters!

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