Prerequisite courses that focus on concrete information instill in students the penchant for seeking the one correct answer to a particular question. Students have difficulty when they are confronted with a nursing instructor’s nebulous answer to many questions, “it depends on the patient; it depends on the situation.” Likewise, new student nurses struggle to grasp abstract concepts presented throughout the nursing program. Nursing students at one public West Coast university are ethnically diverse and approximately 50% are under 25 years of age. These novice nursing students have limited life experiences from which to draw. Many students have never been in a hospital before their first clinical day. With no common shared experience, the challenge for faculty was to find a way to make abstract theories and concepts meaningful for this diverse group of learners.
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