|Welcome to Holistic Nursing II. In this course we
will be studying a variety of topics including: Care of the Patient
with Cancer; Hematology; Skin Cancer and Burns; HIV and STDs; Male
and Female Reproductive Disorders; and GI, Liver and Pancreatic
Disorders. We will also be exploring the issues surrounding care of
the patient who is terminally ill, as well as how alternative or
complimentary therapies may assist us in the care of our patients..
We will be learning how to care for Central Venous Access Devices
and how to transfuse blood safely. So much to do and so little time.
Don't panic! We will do it together.
So how can you be successful? Well first let me tell you a little
about my philosophy of teaching. I feel that my role as expert
learner is to guide you through the learning process. I feel very
strongly that learning is an active, not a passive process. I do not
see my role as the transmitter of knowledge, but rather someone who
has a lot of knowledge to share with you the student as you explore
new concepts about nursing. Together we will LEARN, not memorize
those things that are most important for beginning nurses to know to
safely care for patients.
Well, how do you do this you might ask? The answer is simple.
READ!. I expect that all of my students come to class prepared by
having read the material to be covered that day. If you have not
read the material when you come to class, then the first time you
hear it is from me, and I cannot possibly tell you everything you
need to know. If you read before you come to class, then you have
heard it once already, and my role is to clear up muddy areas and
point you in the direction of what is most important to get from the
reading. If you do not read, you WILL NOT succeed.
Come to class. Having said that I know that things happen.
Children get sick. The car blows up. Please take the time to get a
buddy that can take notes or tape for you in your absence. I expect
that everyone will make every attempt to come to class, test dates
In addition, I recognize that not all students learn from
reading. So in my classes I use a variety of teaching methods in an
attempt to reach students with diverse learning styles. We will do
case studies. We will view movies. We will have some written work. We will participate in class. We will
play some games. We will have lecture. We will have study group. We
will use the internet to supplement our classroom experience. I will
try anything that will help you to learn what it is you need to know
to be successful. But, it is up to you to learn the material. If you
wait until the night before the exam to review your notes and read
the material for the first time, you will be in a deep world of hurt.
If you do all of these things and you are struggling, I want you
to know that I am available to help. We can meet during my office
hours, or at a time that is mutually convenient. I make myself very
available to students from home as well. Please use e-mail or
Blackboard to communicate with me. I check it frequently and will
respond within 24 hours, usually sooner. . If it it is something
that cannot wait, please feel free to call me. Leave a
message if I am not there and I will return your call.
Finally, to enhance the course I will be using Blackboard and
facilitate communication. We will use features like the Discussion
Board to have online study groups and office hours prior to exams.
You can even set up a group of your own to study together just let
me know so I can get it ready for you.. I will
use Blackboard to send you messages and keep you informed of any
changes. I will post supplemental readings that
may enhance your learning. Please check it frequently for updates
and new material.
Well, I think that should be enough to get you started on you way
to May! Good luck and remember I am here for you.