Mastrian co-authors new textbook on integrating technology in nursing

April 07, 2010

A new textbook, titled "Integrating Technology in Nursing Education: Tools for the Knowledge Era," gives nurses the tools they need to step boldly into the technology era. The book was written by nursing educator Kathleen Mastrian of Penn State Shenango, informaticist Dee McGonigle of Penn State New Kensington, instructional designer Wendy L. Mahan of Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development, and simulation expert Brett Bixler of Penn State’s Education Technology Services.

Designed for nursing educators and students interested in the field of nursing education, "Integrating Technology in Nursing Education" provides valuable, easy-to-use strategies for incorporating technology into the classroom. The text examines the increased role of technology in health care and its transformational impact on that field, allowing nurses to understand current and future trends and, thus, integrate technology into nursing education in order to effectively prepare students for a new, technologically-driven health care environment. Also featured are topics on learning theories, the instructional design process, changes in higher education, and variations in learning environments. Using case studies, critical-thinking exercises, Web links and more, the text challenges nurses to think critically and formulate compelling teaching strategies.

Mastrian, an associate professor and the program coordinator for nursing at Penn State Shenango, earned a bachelor of science in nursing at Penn State, a master’s in nursing from Pitt and a doctorate in medical sociology from Kent State University. Mastrian has been involved in the education of nontraditional aged students for 30 years in the registered nursing and bachelor of science nursing program and has pioneered the use of Credit by Portfolio Assessment to award advanced standing nursing credit for registered nurses. Mastrian also has been active in the development of technology enhanced courses for registered nurses facilitating asynchronous participation and active and collaborative learning. She is one of the founding proposers to place the RN-to-BS program online for the Penn State’s World Campus, has developed two of the courses for that curriculum, and teaches at least one section per semester for the World Campus program. Recently, she was asked to teach sociology for the World Campus and to facilitate the online teacher training course, OL2000 for World Campus. She has published more than 30 nursing journal articles and recently co-edited and published a textbook, "Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge" (Jones and Bartlett 2009) that has been marketed in the US and abroad.

For more information, contact Mastrian at 724-983-2871.

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