AMS Phoenix/ Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing (COUPN) Study of Compassionate Care in Nursing Education
This 18- month initiative sees AMS sponsoring a Study of Compassionate Care in Nursing Education with the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing. The study works with Ontario university students, recent graduates and faculty members, to reflect on findings in the white and grey literature on the topic of caring in curricula, to identify a definition of caring for nursing practice. It will assess content, strategies and practices in undergraduate nursing curricula, identifying which are most effective in terms of fostering and maintaining caring in students. The project will also take action to facilitate future incorporation of more of these practices and content in Ontario university nursing programs.
Exploring Caring in Nursing Curriculum in Ontario: A Provincial Nursing Education Initiative
Claire Mallette RN, PhD
Associate Professor, York University School of Nursing
Don Rose RN, PhD
Associate Professor and Director, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
Carolyn Byrne RN, PhD
Associate Dean, Health Sciences & Director, School of Nursing, McMaster University
Alice Ormiston, PhD
Senior Policy Analyst, Council of Ontario University Programs of Nursing
Karen Poole RN, MED, MA Nursing
Director and Associate Professor, Lakehead University School of Nursing
All Ontario University Schools of Nursing (SON) state in different ways that they educate future nursing professionals to care for the person, the family and the community. But what does this really mean? What do we teach? How do we teach it? How effective are we? And how could we do better? This 18 month study, which is now in progress, examines how caring is defined, taught, integrated, measured and evaluated in nursing undergraduate curricula. The participants include senior BScN students, faculty members and recent BScN graduates (practicing for 2 to 3 years) from across Ontario.
The Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing (COUPN) supports the study and all COUPN Schools of Nursing are participating in it. COUPN is composed of the 14 Deans and Directors of the university nursing schools of Ontario. COUPN provides leadership and promotes communication and coordination in the area of nursing education and scholarship in Ontario and is an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities.
Data will be collected by the mixed methods of focus groups with undergraduate and recent BScN graduates and an online survey with faculty. Across the 14 Schools of Nursing approximately 50-70 undergraduate students and 30 graduates will be participating in focus groups. The focus groups will explore participants’ perceptions of how caring curriculum within each school is taught; effective and ineffective learning practices; and learning experiences that have helped strengthen their caring abilities. Faculty members in each School of Nursing will be sent an email inviting them to participate in an on-line anonymous survey that examines a definition of caring for nursing education, strategies and activities faculty think are effective for teaching caring and in which year of study they are being taught. An online repository of best practices and case studies in fostering caring in nursing curricula identified from the literature and survey findings will then be developed.
The study will inform which content, strategies, and practices in undergraduate nursing curricula are most effective in terms of fostering and maintaining caring in students and graduates. The findings will also facilitate future incorporation of more of these practices and content in Ontario university nursing programs with the development of the online repository. We believe this online repository will be the first of its kind that not only schools within Ontario, but also SON’s nationally and internationally will be able to access.