Innovations Project: Replicating an Innovative Educational Pedagogy for Physical Examination and Problem-Setting Skills

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Sarah Shealy, MSN, CNM, IBCLC, Linda Honan, PhD, APRN, Thomas C. Duffy, DMA
Sarah Shealy, MSN, CNM, IBCLC, Mount St. Mary’s College
Sarah Shealy is a graduate of the Yale University School of Nursing. She has more than 14 years in full-scope clinical practice. Shealy has worked in a variety of settings including home, community health clinics, private practice, small regional hospitals, large tertiary care centers, and teaching hospitals. She has enjoyed teaching and supervising nursing, medical, and nurse-midwifery students for many years. As an advocate for babies and their families, she believes the RN plays the most important role in a family’s hospital birth experience. Shealy joined Mount Saint Mary’s Accelerated BSN program part-time in 2006, teaching Women’s Health Theory and full-time in 2007 as the assistant director of the ABSN Program. She was appointed director of the Accelerated BSN program in 2010. She teaches Adaptation Nursing for the Childbearing Family Theory as well as clinical in a variety of facilities. As a graduate of an intense fast-paced accelerated program, Shealy brings a unique and valuable perspective to her work with the Accelerated BSN students at the Mount.
Linda Honan, PhD, APRN, Yale University
Linda Honan has been with the Yale University School of Nursing since 1989. She served as curriculum coordinator and program director of the Graduate Entry Pre-specialty in Nursing program and been a consultant nationally to graduate entry programs in other universities. Honan is a nurse scholar and clinical educator dedicated to understanding and developing effective and innovative techniques for clinical education in a multidisciplinary environment. Known for her creativity and the development of innovative and effective teaching strategies for adult learners, she has received numerous awards, including the Josephine S. Dolan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Education, Annie W. Goodrich Award for Excellence in Teaching, and is a fellow of the NLN Academy of Nursing Education. Honan’s research reveals that diagnostic observations can be significantly improved by training in the visual examination of works of art, that the narratives of student experiences can give insight into the process of learning nursing, and aural training with music improves auscultative abilities.
Thomas C. Duffy, DMA, Yale University
Thomas C. Duffy, composer and conductor, is director of Bands at Yale University. He has served as a member of the Fulbright National Selection Committee, and was member of Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (2005). He has served as president of the New England College Band Directors Association, and the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division, editor of the CBDNA Journal, chair of the Connecticut Music Educators Association’s Professional Affairs and Government Relations committees, and has represented music education in Yale’s Teacher Preparation Program. An active composer with a DMA in composition from Cornell University, he has accepted commissions from the American Composers Forum, the United States Military Academy at West Point, the US Army Field Band, and others. Duffy was deputy dean of the School of Music and served as acting dean prior to that. He joined the Yale faculty in 1982.

Session Overview:
Attendees discuss innovative ideas with other nursing academic faculty; describe lessons learned and identify opportunities for sustaining the work of the NCIN program. Sessions will highlight outcomes of four Innovation Award projects and issues of particular concern to accelerated nursing education.

Session Objectives:
1.                Participants will be able to discuss two research findings associated with the impact of using artwork on clinical observations and diagnoses and how music training improves auscultative skills.