Engaging in Scholarship Course Paper
Denise -The definition of scholarship is learning of a high level (Oxford Languages, n.d.). Goal VII of the National League of Nursing’s Competencies for Academic Nurse Educators is to engage in scholarship (n.d.). To engage in scholarship requires nurse educators to continue to pursue higher or continued education. Because nursing and nursing education is always changing, continued education should be a priority in nurse practice and nurse education.
This competency requires nursing educators to continue to gain knowledge so that they can then teach future generations of nurses the changes that technology and medicine have created. To engage in scholarship, nursing educators need to stay involved and knowledgeable with new and changing technology. For example, computers have changed the way nursing keeps medical records. No longer are a pen a paper required to maintain records.
Forms, medication lists, charts, testing, and important information about a patient can be found in their electronic medical record. Nursing educators have the responsibility to educate new nurses on the use of electronic medical records. Engaging in scholarship also entails being current with new guidelines of medical care.
All medical conditions have a national set of guidelines. Nursing educators should have the ability to access new case studies and be aware of any changes in guidelines. Through evidence-based practices, guidelines change and as they change, nursing educators should change their teaching as well.
To accomplish the goal of engage in scholarship, I plan on stay a member of the American Nurses Association. I can access current research and evidence-based practice guidelines and evolve my nursing educational plans. I also will continue to practice my nursing skills in the field. This will allow me to stay current with new technology and trends in the medical profession. Further I will look for seminars, workshops, and learning opportunities that will continue to help me grow personally and professionally.
Scholarship as a Novice Nurse Educator
Kelsey -Engaging in scholarship is competency that has been identified by the National League for Nurses as an integral part of the academic nurse educator’s role. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (1999), there are four ways that a nurse educator can engage in scholarship; scholarship of discovery, scholarship of teaching, scholarship of practice, and scholarship of integration.
Scholarship of discovery is really what most people probably think of when they think of scholarship, this is the methodology and empirical research and nursing theory research that comes with academic study and publishing these as peer-reviewed research or presentations of such material. It can also be grant writing and writing peer-evaluations on bodies of research.
The scholarship of teaching involves taking the information from being an educator and applying that information or outcomes to be published. For instance, a nurse educator can engage in this competency of scholarship by writing reports for accrediting bodies based on outcome measures or presenting teaching methods to novice nurse faculty.
Scholarship of practice is the act of remaining a competent nurse educator or even nurse; having certifications in psychiatric nursing if you are a nurse educator that teaches psychiatric nursing would be an example of scholarship of practice. Scholarship of integration for nursing educators involves integrating nursing theory and other discipline’s theories and applying them to make a pattern or make “more sense”. An example of this could be writing a grant for multiple disciplines, or policy/legislative efforts.
I feel that as a novice nurse educator I would maintain competency of scholarship by continuing education (scholarship of practice) and writing reports for accrediting bodies (scholarship of teaching) as I feel that will be a required component of employment.