Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Nursing
Regulations Governing Nursing Education Programs [18 VAC 90 ‑ 27]
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11/21/23  9:35 am
Commenter: Holly Reynolds

Leah Jaquez - petition for amendment r/t nursing faculty

I completely disagree with the petitioners request to the Board to amend 18VAC90-27-60(A)(4) and allow nurses with 20 years or more of experience to serve as faculty for nursing education programs. 

Experience alone does not qualify a nurse to effectively educate nursing students and prepare them for success in passing NCLEX and entering the nursing profession as a novice nurse.  I believe that experience and the additional education (Master's degree in nursing education specifically and/or a DNP in nursing education) in combination with clinical (bedside) nursing experience are needed for a nurse to be an effective nurse educator.  There are so many dynamics to teaching in the didactic classroom setting - understanding adult learning theory, evaluation and assessment strategies, curriculum mapping, test writing, blueprinting and item analysis, providing testing accommodations, understanding NGN/NCSBN questioning, being familiar with higher education organizational dynamics, accreditation requirements, etc.  Bedside/clinical experience does not teach or prepare a nurse for the academic environment.  I strongly vote against this proposed amendment.  This is a big NO for me.  Thank you for the opportunity to share my opinion.

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