Effects of changing the chemistry lab from cookbook to inquiry: A new nursing chemistry lab approach

All nurses need a background in chemistry, as any chemistry teacher well knows and any nursing student will fight against. This paper describes a process that attempted to meet the needs of nursing students in a pre-nursing undergraduate class. A nursing chemistry laboratory was taught in traditional verification style and students were surveyed to assess their perceptions of the educational goals of the laboratory (Fall 2008). A literature review resulted in a more discovery based laboratory manual and an analysis of the needs of nurses resulted in more application based activities. This new format was implemented (Fall 2009) and the students were surveyed to assess their perceptions of the educational goals of the laboratory at the end of the semester and results were compared to the previous semester. Preliminary student response to the lab format is positive and instructor response is positive. Further results will be evaluated and reported.
Authors: 
Jessica Rogers