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Writing Good NCLEX Style Answers and Distractors – Part 1

By Ruth Eckenstein, RN, B.S., BSN, M.Ed, and MSN / January 10, 2019
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Often writing strong distractors take a lot of time to get them just right. The distractors strengthen the question and allow students who know the information to pick the correct answers and to succeed on the test. However, writing distractors for nursing NCLEX style questions is often just as hard…

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Facts on the Nursing Shortage in North America

By Ruth Eckenstein, RN, B.S., BSN, M.Ed, and MSN / April 15, 2018
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Facts on the Nursing Shortage in North America This is a great article that explains the facts on the nursing shortage. We continue to talk about the shortage, but seem to get must speed on the resolution of the problem. This article has recommendations from the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma…

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Onboarding and Orientation of New Faculty / A Research Study and Results

By Ruth Eckenstein, RN, B.S., BSN, M.Ed, and MSN / April 5, 2018
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Attached are the results of my recent research study regardomg onboarding and orientation of new faculty. As we know, new nurse educators are often not familiar with what is expected when starting to teach nor what professional development goals are needed.  They often struggle with execution of important competencies  and…

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Working with Difficulty Students Begins with You

By Ruth Eckenstein, RN, B.S., BSN, M.Ed, and MSN / October 31, 2017
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Keeping a positive mental attitude in the face of difficulty isn’t easy. In fact, according to psychologists, our brains seem to be hardwired to focus on the negative, as studies have shown. However, there is some positivity to focus on: many studies have also demonstrated that positivity an “attitude of…

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Education of nursing students about Ebola

By Ruth Eckenstein, RN, B.S., BSN, M.Ed, and MSN / October 17, 2017
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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) had just provided information that will be useful to nurse educators as they help nursing students to understand the Ebola crisis. AACN has created a new Ebola Resource Section on their website: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2014/ebola-resources.  They also want ideas for possible webinar topics and…

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Virtual cadavers may help surgeons save limbs and lives

By Ruth Eckenstein, RN, B.S., BSN, M.Ed, and MSN / August 15, 2017
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Use of new techniques can aid in repair of  soldiers’ injuries. Read the article by clicking the link below. http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/feb/14/virtual-cadavers-may-help-surgeons-save-limbs-and-lives

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CDC Issues New Ebola Guidelines

By Ruth Eckenstein, RN, B.S., BSN, M.Ed, and MSN / October 21, 2014
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CDC has changed the guidelines for health care workers treating patients with Ebola. http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/fs1020-ebola-personal-protective-equipment.html 

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Curriculum Support

By Ruth Eckenstein, RN, B.S., BSN, M.Ed, and MSN / September 25, 0217
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I have added a new section under services where I discuss curriculum support. I highlight how standardization of curriculum and use of publisher’s products and resources and help new faculty and assist experience faculty to find new instructional strategies. We have a team of subject matter experts who can help…

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