Assistant Professor Develops Strategy to Better Prepare, Debrief Students
Dec 5, 2014 1:00 PM
As nurse educators are bombarded with increased expectations and demands for curriculum change they also face faculty shortages and rapid turnover. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, faculty shortages at nursing schools across the country are limiting student capacity at a time when the need for nurses continues to grow. In order to achieve program success, effective interactive teaching strategies to efficiently move students from knowledge based learners to high level thinkers is vital. Thankfully, there are nurse educators who are making an impact on student and program outcomes; finding innovative solutions to the issue of faculty shortages within an institution.
Sue Chase-Cantarini, RN MS DNP, a University of Utah College of Nursing Assistant Professor, has been selected to receive the 2015 ELSIE Award for Excellence in Clinical Education for doing exactly that. The ELSIE, (Elsevier Leading Stars in Education) Award recognizes the work of outstanding nursing faculty members who show exceptional skill, innovation, and effectiveness in promoting student learning, professionalism, and self-confidence, as well as improving general student and program outcomes using creative teaching strategies. Dr. Chase-Cantarini was selected by a panel of experienced nursing education professionals among 70 other nominees nation-wide.
Time in the clinical environment is precious and faculty need to make the most of students’ time in those settings. Developing strategies to better prepare and debrief students, while helping nursing staff better understand how to help aspiring nurses, requires creativity and dedication. Dr. Chase-Cantarini is determined to make each clinical encounter a valuable and memorable learning experience for her students. She gives generously of her time to enhance students' clinical experience.
Dr. Chase-Cantarini contributes to the College of Nursing at the University of Utah as an exceptional clinical instructor, with a solid clinical background in Medical-Surgical Nursing. After graduating from the University of Florida with a Baccalaureate in Nursing and a Teaching Nursing Master’s degree from the University of Utah, she has focused her interest in Nursing Education. From 1998-2004, she served as Coordinator of Diversity Affairs at the College of Nursing. During this time she conducted and linked multiple activities surrounding the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students. Along with these activities, she served as a resource for students, staff and faculty with cultural projects. With the opening of the state of the art College of Nursing Simulation Center in 2010, Dr. Chase-Cantarini has immersed herself into advanced simulation design, development, instruction and scholarship. As a simulation instructor, Dr. Chase-Cantarini’s foundational knowledge of sound teaching pedagogy was instrumental to the successful integration of simulation as a clinical component of the undergraduate nursing program. She significantly participated in the development of a simulation scenario template that is integrated across semesters in the undergraduate nursing program and has been adopted by numerous other simulation center users.
One of Dr. Chase-Cantarini’s largest impact on clinical instruction arose through her work as an early proponent of interprofessional education (IPE). She represented the College of Nursing on the first health science campus-wide initiative to promote IPE as a sustainable educational component. Dr. Chase-Cantarini championed this important work as chair of the IPE scenario development committee, which has resulted in five distinct simulation scenarios incorporating interprofessional competencies of understanding roles, values, communication and collaboration between disciplines.
Her excellence is evidenced by consistently positive student evaluations and comments that underscore her commitment to both students and principles of effective teaching and learning. One comment exemplifying student sentiments identified that Dr. Chase-Cantarini, “Encouraged student led discussions and evaluations of individual clinical processes…and was very current in trends and practices which translated into safe degree of latitude and exploration into nursing skill.” Her clinical instruction expertise is long-respected by colleagues in the College of Nursing but has influence far beyond.
Barbara Wilson, Associate Dean of Academic Programs at the College of Nursing, nominated Sue for the ELSIE award. When asked about the nomination, Wilson said, “As a result of her strong determination and commitment to excellence in clinical practice, her work has resulted in a campus-wide program that includes more than 1000 students yearly from nursing, medicine, pharmacy, nutrition, communication physical therapy, and occupational therapy, participating in simulation-based credit-bearing clinical courses. Student feedback is consistently positive and indicates new appreciation for the importance of interprofessional collaboration. Furthermore, Dr. Chase-Cantarini is recognized by her interprofessional colleagues as an expert in simulation instruction, educational pedagogy, and IPE principles. Recently, Dr. Chase-Cantarini has taken clinical instruction into the realm of telemedicine as the primary director of a funded advanced nursing education grant. The purpose of this grant is to provide clinical instruction in the interprofessional care of patients who have limited access to care, and has resulted in Dr. Chase-Cantarini’s development of modules to teach principles of telemedicine and IPE to distance students. Her successful pilot of the program with a small group of interprofessional students has grown to become a sustainable component of the larger Health Sciences IPE program.”
Abbey ChristensenAbbey Christensen is the Communications Specialist for the College of Nursing.