An Innovative Approach to a Capstone Course Applied to a Pediatric Endocrine Unit with Integration of the Carnegie Foundation Recommendations
Repository Posting Date2012-01-11T11:14:14Z
Author(s)Stec, Mary T.
Author DetailsMary T. Stec, MSN, CNE
(41st Biennial Convention) Abstract: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching funded a study that examined essential qualities needed by professionals to function effectively in the practice of nursing. Through the examination of behaviors of graduate nurses, the researchers noted a gap between practice and education. Recommendations of the researchers (Benner, Sutphen, Leonard, and Day, 2010) included the need to improve the integration of concepts related to liberal arts education and to transfer knowledge learned in the classroom into clinical practice with the development of clinical reasoning skills and professional formation. This capstone course provides a link between the classroom and clinical environment. It specifically weaves the "Shifts of Integration" recommended by the Carnegie Foundation and the theory of constructivism with the student learning in the context of caring for the pediatric patient, evolving into professional formation. Keywords: Carnegie Foundation, capstone, integration, clinical reasoning, constructivism, professional formation, pediatrics