Using problem-based learning for occupational and environmental health nursing education: Pesticide exposures among migrant agricultural workers

Kristy Ivicek, A. B. De Castro, Mary K. Salazar, Helen H. Murphy, Matthew Keifer

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Abstract

Problem-based learning, which emphasizes group collaboration to solve real-world case scenarios, is an instructional approach that is well suited to occupational and environmental health nursing education. Learners actively work through case studies rather than passively receive information presented through lectures. Problem-based learning methods promote critical thinking skills and motivate learning, preparing learners for professional practice in complex, ever-changing environments. Despite these advantages, problem-based learning is underutilized in nursing education compared to more traditional lecture methods. This article presents key concepts of problem-based learning, discusses problem-based learning in educating occupational and environmental health nurses, and describes the development of a problem-based learning case aimed at increasing occupational and environmental health nurses' capacity to address pesticide exposure among migrant and seasonal agricultural workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-133
Number of pages7
JournalAAOHN Journal
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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