Philosophy (and practice) of Nursing Education

Several years ago I developed a presentation that summarizes my personal philosophy of nursing education.  There is a strong emphasis on what the philosophic ideas imply for our practices – not only how we teach but what we teach.  I find that many times a year the content of this presentation come to the surface in many ways!  I am sharing it here and welcome your responses, ideas, and points that you would include in your own philosophy!


  1. Creativity is a word that I did not hear when I was studying to become a nurse. Many years later, I taught clinical courses and creativity was still not a word or concept incorporated in our daily language. Hospitals are usually the first work environment for many nurses where creativity can be abandoned by economics and tradition.
    A change in nursing culture requires courage and a dialogue. Perhaps this is the place to start!

  2. While I have thought about my teaching philosophy and praxis, it is not nearly as robust! Since I have concentrated on ethics, from an educational, research, and practice perspective, I find that these principles and approaches such as caring, virtue, and narrative, inform my interactions with students and others.

    Unfortunately, the inclusion of ethics education in formal curricula and in practice is sporadic and often non existent so I wonder about our current generation of students and faculty.

  3. Currently, I am a novice adjunct faculty member within an undergraduate RN curriculum and a hospital-based nurse educator. I strive to build a bridge between the two roles and make a diligent effort to address the aesthetic & personal way of knowing, as this is often undervalued and not addressed in either learning environment. This presentation provides a platform for further inquiry and discussion. Thank you for sharing!

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