Engineering education includes both classroom training in sciences and professional skills as well as learning-through-doing to integrate practice and engineering design into the future licensed Professional Engineer (PE). In a similar manner, nursing education includes both classroom training in sciences and professional skills as well as learning through doing to integrate practice and caring into the future licensed Registered Nurse (RN). From the mid-19th century until modern day, the fields of environmental engineering and community health nursing have worked side-by-side to prevent disease while promoting health and wellness. This paper provides a synthesis of previously published case studies by the author documenting collaborative learning among environmental engineers and community health nurses. During a decade of working together, Florence Nightingale's Environmental Theory served as the organizing principle for teaching practice to the environmental engineers as facilitated through coaching and interaction with community health nurses. This paper provides a side-by-side comparison of the professions of engineering and nursing, and includes the results of assessments using mixed methods to document the impacts of exposure to nursing practice on the formation of emergent engineers.
D. B. Oerther, "Using Nursing Theory to Improve the Teaching of Engineering Practice," Proceedings of the 2017 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition (2017, Columbus, OH), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Jun 2017.
2017 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition (2017: Jun. 24-28, Columbus, OH)
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Education; Engineers; Health; Medical education; Nursing; Personnel training; Professional aspects; Teaching; Classroom training; Collaborative learning; Engineering and nursing; Engineering design; Engineering practices; Health and wellness; Professional engineer; Professional skills; Engineering education
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Article - Conference proceedings
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