Integrating Rehabilitation Content in Nursing Curricula

Authors

  • Patricia A. Edwards MA RN C,

    Assistant Professor, Corresponding authorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Both authors are on the nursing faculty of Simmons College in Boston: Patricia A. Edwards as an assistant professor and the director of the graduate nursing program, and Ann W. Kittler as an assistant professor in the undergraduate nursing department.

  • Ann W. Kittler MS RN

    Assistant ProfessorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Both authors are on the nursing faculty of Simmons College in Boston: Patricia A. Edwards as an assistant professor and the director of the graduate nursing program, and Ann W. Kittler as an assistant professor in the undergraduate nursing department.


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Abstract

The faculty of the department of nursing of Simmons College in Boston revised its curriculum using Betty Neuman's Neuman Systems Model (1982) as the conceptual framework. Content essential to the nursing curriculum was identified, logically grouped, and then leveled for correct sequencing. During senior year (level III of the curriculum), when tertiary preventions were being integrated, students received theoretical content and specific learning experiences with clients in a rehabilitation setting. This article describes the content included, teaching methodologies used, and the selection of the clinical placement. Data from formative and summative evaluations, as well as modifications for the third year, also are included.

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