Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Instructional Methods

Lesson-level objective:  
Analyze communication techniques following an audio/visual presentation of conflict

One method that could be utilized to effectively teach communication is through lecture. A lecture could easily occur during a class period of students obtaining their undergraduate degree in nursing. I would start by explaining the goals and objectives of the lecture so that everyone is on the same page. I would explain that conflict is a part of everyday life and it will happen in the workplace. With this in mind, I would say that proper and effective communication help to resolve conflict. I would stress the importance of effective communication and how detrimental it can be if there is poor communication between people, whether it is between coworkers or patients and their healthcare providers. The lecture would be supplemented with a PowerPoint presentation. I would then present basic information about communication including verbal and non-verbal cues. I would explain that listening is a form of communication. I would also speak about appropriate and inappropriate language in the healthcare setting. As the lecturer, I would add my own experiences about good and bad communication to the lecture to contribute to their further understanding of the subject. I would also explain that ‘winning or losing’ is not the goal of resolving a conflict. It’s important to listen to everyone involved and come up with a solution together. In conclusion, I would summarize what had been said during the lecture and allow time for questions.

Another method of teaching that could be used to teach effective communication to a group of undergraduate nursing students is group discussion, specifically a case study. In a classroom setting, I would pass around a paper with background information on a patient. It would also include the current situation leading them to hospitalization. There would be a number on the top of the paper that would group students with each other. After reading the information, the students would break of into the smaller groups and discuss the situation. I would have them discuss their own personal experiences with good or bad communication. I would also have them discuss the needs of the patient and how they, as healthcare providers, would create an environment that would allow for effective communication with the patient. I would walk around to each group to listen to what was being said and direct their discussion if necessary.

A different method to teach effective communication is through role-playing. This method works well with undergraduate nursing students because it provides an opportunity to experience and prepare for a situation they will encounter in the future. This type of a situation would work well with classmates playing different parts. Each participant would be given information about the situation just prior to the role-playing. The participant playing the role of disgruntled co-worker or patient/family member would be given instructions on how to act in the scenario. The nursing student would then participate in the communication with the other person to work through conflict. A debriefing would take place afterwards where participants could safely talk about the scenario.

Lastly, effective communication might be taught through self-instruction. This type of teaching would work well with undergraduate nursing students who are busy and need more time than one class period to go over the material. The lesson would be open over a one-week period. A textbook chapter about communication would be assigned for basic understanding of core principles of communication. A PowerPoint presentation with voice-over recordings would also be assigned. Supplemental readings and videos would be available to the learner for further understanding. This could be completed at any time during the weeklong period as long as it is completed by the time the lesson closes.

One advantage of a lecture is that it provides background information for future learning. A disadvantage is that it doesn’t provide learners an opportunity to actively participate and can lead to boredom.
An advantage of a case study is that each person can share his or her feelings or personal experiences providing a more active way of learning. A disadvantage would be that one or two learners might dominate the discussion leaving little opportunity for shy learners to become involved.
One advantage of role-playing may include the opportunity to discover personal feelings in a given situation. A disadvantage of role-playing is that roles can either be over played or under played so it doesn’t provide a good reality.
An advantage of self-instruction is that it allows the learner to go at his or her own pace providing them an opportunity to review the information. A disadvantage is that it requires high motivation and is not good for those who procrastinate.


Bastable, S. B. (2014). Nurse as educator: Principles of teaching and learning for

nursing practice (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers

Monday, April 30, 2012


You know when you have a crappy day?! Like it's going all smooth and you're thinking it's a great start to a new week and then you just get hit with everything? Then you have a debbie-downer of a day and are so busy that six hours go by in what seems like a blink? Well, write down ten things you're grateful for and you start to feel better...

That's my advice for the day.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Things I'm Happy About

I stole this title from a blog I read....but I thought it was a good idea. I hope she doesn't mind. ;)

-Today is Jon's last day of studying!!!! I can't believe that we have reached this point. His last final is tomorrow morning and then GRADUATION on Friday. I think I might be a little more excited than he is but I think he's pretty excited as well. What a milestone!! I'm so proud of him.
-My space heater that keeps me warm since my office is absolutely FREEZING.
- There is a new episode of Grey's Anatomy on this week. I love new episodes!
- I'm all caught up on work stuff. The doc is out of town so I've had plenty of time to play catch up. P.S I LOVE my job!!
- I tried a new recipe last week and it was a total success. I think I will try another one sometime soon.
- I'm FINALLY updating my blog. I really apologize. I haven't even been busy or anything...just haven't gotten around to it.
- I have successfully kept my room clean for three days straight! That's a real big deal in my household.
- The show 'New Girl'...it's hilarious!!
- My new mug that I got for free....hopefully it will help me drink as much water as I should be during the day.
- I actually went running - MIRACLE!
- My family is so great and I love spending time with them - immediate and in-laws.
- Compliments that I get - they seriously make my day.
- I get to babysit my niece and nephew tonight. Best. Thing. EVER!
- Going out for dinner on Friday for Jon's Graduation....big hooray.
- I turned in my library books on time. And even though I didn't read three of them, I did read one.
- I went shopping...for me, for Jon, and for both of us!! :)
- Surgery tomorrow and I'm off on Friday. So technically, tomorrow is my Friday.
- Hulu...need I say more?
- I've been making a list of things I love about Jon. He's the best and so is it. Even on the worst of worst days, I can take a look at it and can't help but smile.

There's much more to be happy about. So many things going on and so many little things to be grateful for. I think I will try to make this a weekly occurrence. That way I will always feel like I have something to write about. :)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thank you Pioneers!

I was in much need of another long weekend!! :) But seriously....I really am so grateful for the Pioneers and what they went through for their posterity. All I need to say is the movie 17 Miracles. One movie. 17 miraculous stories (and probably more, I didn't really count). And one sobbing girl in the theater. Nothing will put life into more perspective than sitting down and watching that one. I definitely couldn't have done it but I will always be in debt to those who did.

As for the weekend. WOW!! Loved it. We went to the lake and enjoyed great weather and even greater company. It's so fun to spend some quality time with family and I'm lucky enough to be able to spend it with some extended family as well. Since Friday was just work and travel our weekend didn't really start until Saturday. Jonny got up early with dad and John and had an early morning boat ride (boys only!!). They had a good time and just like the good wives we are, we had breakfast ready for them when they pulled up. Then the real fun started. Water, boats, sun...mmm....yes please! We literally played all day and only took small breaks for potty and drinks to make sure we didn't get dehydrated. :)

Check it out....This...

Coupled with this...

Could life get any better?! I submit that it could not!!

Then Sunday came. We had to get up super early in order to make it to the early session of church. It was good and then we mostly relaxed. Bear Lake on a Sunday is the most relaxing place ever. It's still beautiful to look at and just so peaceful. We were in charge of making dinner and I, unfortunately, burned my arm on the oven trying to fit all of the ginormous Costco potatoes in with a pot of ribs. Bummer!! It wasn't too bad though. Not really any pain and it didn't even break the skin.

Sunday came and went and we were on to Monday. My dad had to go back to work so we were missing him terribly. However,mom, Jon, and I were able to tag-a-long with Kev, Karen, Kara, and Kolette and we sure had a blast. We went skiing, wakeboarding (I even short-started off the dock), and then we attempted to quadruple wakeboard and kneeboard but a terrible wind came up and it only lasted like 20 seconds with all of us up at the same time. They tried to get some pics but my mom and aunt are terrible with the camera. Ha! ;) Can I just say...man does my body hurt!!!! Since it's been a couple of days, I'm beginning to recover but every time I moved I was reminded of how good the weekend was. The only bad thing about Monday is the fact that because I was in the water all day, the burn on my arm became soggy and my skin peeled off. So now it's an open sore. And it's right in a place where no matter how I place my arm, I can't seem to not hit, scrape, or touch it. I have a feeling that it will take awhile to heal. I just hope it doesn't scar.

Groaning because we didn't want to leave, we were finally on our way home. Since my dad left early Monday morning we had the treat of my mom coming with us! We had a good couple of hours just chatting and made it home in enough time to see a great show of these....

Thanks Johnny P for being a pyro and getting us front row tickets to your shows!! It was great fun!

Although the weekend was fantastic....all good things usually come to an end. Tuesday I was thrown into orientation for work. For all of you out there who hate orientation, I'm right there with you. First, why does it take literally eight hours to say stuff that could be said in less than four? Plus, since I have been an employee of the U for five years now, I pretty much know all they talked about. Who's idea was it to have me go for formality purposes?!....you stink!! Worst day ever but at least a good raise came out of it, right? ;)I'm really excited to start the next chapter of my working career. I love my job and can't wait to add some more opportunities to learn and grow.

Jon is still in school and enjoying his religion classes. He is just cranking away and no longer wants to study at night since I don't have to. Although I try to be good and try to keep myself busy or not bug him, it usually doesn't happen. It makes for a crazy morning before classes for him but he says it's worth it. :) Needless to say, we are both excited for him to be done.

That's pretty much it for now, I think. Oh, I got a new purse and am absolutely loving it!! Call me crazy but I love purses. Your whole life is jammed into one cute little (sometimes not so little) bag. This one is a little bigger than my previous one so hopefully it won't start falling apart because it's being stretched so badly. Ha! Oh the simple pleasures of life.

We have a couple of exciting adventures coming up over the next couple of weeks so I will try to be good and take my camera to capture the image of our lives. But for now that's all I have. :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Story of the night!

So this great little story occurred on Wednesday night. Jon and I had walked down the street to one of our neighbors houses to give them some ice cream for their birthday. We stayed and chatted for a little while and then decided, despite the wind, that we would go for a little walk. Jon still had some homework to do and I wanted to get back to my book (I have finally found a good one to read) so it was just going to be a quick one so we could get to bed on time. When we made it back around to our house, we realized we didn't have the key to get in. We were literally locked out of our house!! It was completely my fault because earlier that morning I had taken the house key off of the car keys because I had forgotten something in the house after I started the car and, of course, I didn't put it back on the key ring. Unfortunately, Jon grabbed those keys before leaving the house. The other thing that made this a complete bummer was the fact that the car that was outside the garage (we only have a one car garage) was not the car we had the keys to. So we basically couldn't get in our car to drive to get another key!

I called my mom and she came to our rescue. She drove out to our house to pick us up to take us to our cousins house who had the key. Normally, it's my mom that has the spare key but she had given it to our cousins when they were doing some remodeling. Luckily, he lives in Riverton so it wasn't too far away. We drove out and got the key, came home, and guess what?!.....It WASN'T our key!!!! We were at a loss! It was almost 11 at night and we were hoping we weren't going to have to sleep at someone else's house that night. Luckily, we called our other cousin (who works with the first one we visited) and he said he might have it. He lives in Saratoga Springs so we met him halfway and after seeing the keys I was quite skeptical if any of them were ours. We had wishful thinking though and took the one we thought might be ours. We drove home and luckily, it was it! We finally got into our house and went to bed! So much for studying....OOPS!

Moral of the story....when you take the house key off your key ring, put it back on. (Or have a keypad on your garage, or call the locksmith instead of drive all over the valley to find one measley little key.) Pretty much....do anything you can to avoid the situation we were in on Wednesday. Although we were laughing about it (and still are) it really wasn't a fun thing to be put through. :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Victory at last!!

Those words have been a long time coming. I have actually passed the NCLEX-RN!! I can't believe I am actually saying this. It truly is such an amazing feeling and I'm so glad to be completely done with my undergraduate degree. Thanks to all the friends and family who has been so supportive through these past five years....I honestly wouldn't have made it without you. I appreciate all of your thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Baby info has come...

Baby Olivia Zoe Petersen (Zoe pronounced Z-O not Z-O-E). She was born June 8, 2010 at 4:30 a.m. at 6 lbs. 8.5 oz. and 21 inches long. Isn't she a beauty!! We love you and welcome to the fam. :)