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What is the Core Content Mastery Method
The Core Content Mastery Method™, or CCMM, isn't just theory; it's a tangible, actionable approach that can revolutionize how you teach.
The Core Content Mastery Method™ is like your secret weapon as a nursing educator. It's the roadmap that helps you create and deliver educational content in a way that truly connects with your students.
Picture it as a recipe for quick, relevant, and straight-to-the-point teaching. By keeping the learners in mind and using various teaching methods, this approach is tailored to enhance the educational journey in nursing, making it more efficient and impactful for both you and your students.
This post dives into three practical strategies to implement CCMM in your teaching!
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The nursing field is on the edge of a critical labor shortage, and that’s not just bedside nurses leaving or not enough nurses joining the profession. There’s a massive issue surrounding faculty attrition rates as well. One year, there was a reported attrition rate of nurse educators at 11.8%. That’s almost 12 in every 100 nurse educators who left the profession over a year. This daunting statistic calls for an educational revolution, and CCMM is at the forefront of this change.
One of our users put it beautifully, "It’s my lifeline" when describing their experience with NURSING.com. I talk to nurse educators like you every day, and a great number of you are new to nursing education. It’s common to hear that they’re teaching the way they were taught, and we know that those techniques are tired and outdated, i.e. aren’t working. And that's exactly what we aim to change with CCMM – transforming your classroom into a lifeline for future nurses. Let’s get into the first practical strategy.
Strategy 1: Embrace Multimodal Learning
Our first strategy is embracing multimodal learning. CCMM champions a learner-focused approach, catering to the diverse learning styles of digital natives. Visual, auditory, read/write, and kinesthetic - these are the pillars of our VARK approach. More diverse delivery of clear and concise explanations of complex nursing topics helps students close knowledge gaps, gain confidence, improve their grades, and pass tests.
One student put it best when she said that NURSING.com took her from being discouraged and stressed to motivated and passionate. That’s what Happy Nursing is, that’s what you can be as a Happy Nurse Educator. Motivated and passionate in your teaching, and make it contagious so your students catch on too!
Let CCMM be a framework for your teaching, and draw from what works for you and your students!
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Diversify Your Content: When you incorporate videos with visual tracking elements for visual learners, audio recordings for auditory learners, concise lesson outlines for read/write learners, and interactive simulations for kinesthetic learners - you’re casting a wide net to catch all learners. That’s learner equity.
Feedback and Adaptation: Be sure to regularly solicit student feedback on these methods and be willing to adapt and evolve your strategies to suit their needs. It’s all a learning and growing process. What works for one cohort, may not for the next. Stay dynamic, and let NURSING.com support you in that journey.
Strategy 2: Focus on Core Content Mastery
Our teaching strategy involves zeroing in on core content mastery. This is the heart of CCMM – identifying the crucial content that students must understand and stripping away the extraneous information that’s just “nice to know". The CORE, choicest bit of information is where you can focus and what can then be built upon.
Identify Key Concepts: Determine the 'linchpin' concepts in your curriculum – the ones that unlock understanding in broader areas, but also these are key points that bring everything together. It’s like putting all their textbooks through a strainer, and distilling the information down into just a few critical points for each topic.
Simplify and Clarify: Create lessons that focus exclusively on these core concepts, using clear, concise language and practical examples. Rather than inundating the learner, they are free to be curious. Ask them WHY, if they don’t know - teach them WHY. This is a concept we call the Why behind the What. It’s the antithesis of simply reciting or accepting information as it is. It’s builds critical thinking skills, an integral skill of a rockstar nurse.
Reinforcement: Use quizzes, or games with questions to reinforce this core content, and develop test taking skills for NCLEX prep. Allowing students to track their progress, and help them hone in on areas of improvement. Then, provide an opportunity for them to see their improvement. NURSING.com has the tools for nurse educators to obtain that data.
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Strategy 3: Foster a Supportive and Empowering Environment
The third strategy is about creating an environment that fosters confidence and empowerment.
Remember, we're not just educating; we're inspiring future nurses to be confident and passionate. Feeling like you aren’t allowed to make a mistake, can lead to omission, and potentially even deceit.
One of my favorite things about the nursing profession is a concept my professors taught, which is that it’s okay if you’re wrong, you just have to be willing to admit it, and ask questions then learn from it. This is a habit that has also served me in my personal life.
In my own experience as a nursing student I was so scared to admit I didn’t know something, and I kept making mistakes. I realized that all too soon I would be the nurse, and it would be on me and not my preceptor if I made a mistake and things went south. I knew that I had to adopt a habit of admitting my mistakes and asking questions to create a learning opportunity. What transpired was that I felt MORE confident when I started to admit I didn’t know and asked questions. I felt empowered in my quest to find the answers and to build my confidence while gaining experience.
Encourage Open Dialogue: Create a classroom culture where questions and discussions are welcomed, making each student feel valued and heard. This will foster confidence building and honesty.
Build a Community of Support: Encourage peer-to-peer learning and mentorship, strengthening the bonds between students and creating a family-like atmosphere. Nursing is a team sport! We must mold future nurses with the skills to communicate and function in a strong team environment.
Personalize the Learning Experience: We also must recognize and address individual student needs, offering personalized feedback and guidance. We are each unique and appreciate being seen as such. It goes a long way for morale when a student feels nurtured.
As educators, it's our responsibility to adapt and grow, to meet our students where they are, and to guide them to where they need to be. Implementing CCMM is a journey, one that requires commitment, innovation, and above all, a passion for nursing education. The great news, though? We've created lesson plans to help you implement it now. Click the link below to get started.
Here, at the end of this post, I want you to remember that Implementing CCMM can turn your classroom around, boost morale, meet your students’ needs, and shift nursing education to be more effective. I know you're one of the ones that wants to contribute to making a shift in nursing culture, and an impact in your students' lives. We've got the tools help get you there!