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Traffic jams and heart failure – using metaphors to learn pathophysiology


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Teaching pathophysiology to undergraduate nursing students is challenging because there is a need to interpret theoretical concepts into the reality of everyday clinical situations with patients. A key element of this learning is having the ability to recognize physiological patterns indicating pathophysiological changes that emerge on patient assessment. While students may understand the abstract concepts relating to this science, applying the theory in practice is another challenge. In this article, we present an example of everyday teaching moments that draw on the idea of metaphor providing a bridge to understanding the theory of pathophysiology in practice.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: This article was developed from a poster presentation at the ANEC Australasian Nurse Educators Conference in September 2017. It was published online and as a print version.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Undergraduate, nursing, learning, metaphor
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
Depositing User: Patricia McClunie-Trust
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 00:09
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 07:37

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