Sep 28, 2012, 10:00 AM, Posted by Kate Driscoll Malliarakis
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Blog is asking diverse experts: What is and isn’t working in health professions education today, and what changes are needed to prepare a high-functioning health and health care workforce that can meet the country’s current and emerging needs? Today’s post is by Kate Driscoll Malliarakis, PhD, CNP, MAC, assistant professor and program coordinator, Nursing Leadership and Management at the George Washington University School of Nursing. Malliarakis is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellow (ENF) and president-elect of the RWJF ENF Alumni Association.
Nursing has afforded me the opportunity to serve in numerous non-traditional positions. Now as an academic, I work to provide my students with a broad view of health care. Today, nurses enjoy a variety of educational opportunities that differ from the old one-size-fits-all approach. Thanks to technological advances in education, hybrid formats enable nurses to experience new educational opportunities through online course work and flexible, asynchronous learning.
Online education encourages diversity as students hail from a variety of geographic locations and experiences. Unlike the standard classroom where a student can sit in the last row and not participate, online discussions demand the student’s involvement not only with the faculty but with each other. The result is a richer interaction and learning experience.