FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING EDUCATION 13 disadvantage is that summative exams are also used as a standard by which to evaluate the instructor, so the instructor may “teach to the test” for fear that the students will not perform well. This method of teaching does not build on previous knowledge for better understanding; it is more memorizing than understanding (Concordia Online Education [Concordia], 2013). Analysis of Assessments Classroom Assessment Techniques (CAT) will be used for assessment of learning. These assessments will allow for exploration, discussion, reinforcement, and understanding of the curriculum. By creating a pre-course questionnaire, we will be able to assess the prior knowledge of our students. This will allow the instructors an opportunity to assess ahead of time which students may need some additional help. Another advantage to CAT is that students come to understand that learning and teaching are processes of discovery, experimentation, and reflection (Vanderbilt University The Center for Teaching [Vanderbilt], 2015). ANA Code of Ethics The American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics was originally developed in 1950 to address the need for a set of professional standards. The Code of Ethics was updated the first time in 1976, again in 1985, and in 2001 the nine provisions were updated and named the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretative Statements (Nelson & Alt, 2014). The nine provisions were updated again in 2015. According to the ANA, only minor changes were made to the principles and links have been added. The nine principles address compassion, commitment, protection, accountability, duty or self and others, ethical environments, safety of the workplace, advancement of the profession, collaboration, integrity, values, and principles of social justice (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2015).
FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING EDUCATION 14 We will integrate the Code of Ethics into our coursework. Every course of the BSN program has an opportunity to stress on or more principles. The current ethics course will be revised to place a greater emphasis on the Code of Ethics. Analysis of FERPA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 was enacted to protect the educational information of students in programs that receive federal funding. It offers parents and students the right to correct inaccurate information in addition to keeping information regarding disciplinary actions private. It does not cover privacy of name, address, telephone number, date of birth, or awards; however the institution must disclose that this “directory information” may be released (U.S. Department of Education, n.d.). At the start of each new semester, information will be provided on disclosure of directory information. With this information will be a form the student may fill out to suppress the release of directory information. In addition, information about the process to correct inaccurate information, as well as the appeal process if the institution does not believe a correction is necessary will be included at the start of each semester. There will be a need to meet with our
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