More About Sheane, Vanessa
Department of Nursing Education & Health Studies
Tenured Nursing Faculty
DEGREES & CREDENTIALS
- MN (Using Technology to Engage the Millennial Nursing Student); Victoria/2015
- BScN; Alberta/2006
I am a tenured Faculty member with the Department of Nursing Education & Health Studies. I teach predominantly in Years 3 and 4 of the BScN program. I enjoy teaching this level of learner as I am able to relate my professional nursing practice to the acuity of patients the students are learning about. I started teaching at GPRC in 2012. Prior to teaching I worked as a staff nurse in the ER.
SCHOLARLY & PROFESSIONAL INTEREST
- Engaging learners
- Using technology in the classroom
- High fidelity simulation
- Acute medical nursing
- Adult critical care nursing
- Curriculum development
- Academic leadership
- Experiential learning theory
- Academic Leadership in Nursing Education
I am pursuing doctoral education in Nursing with a focus on academic leadership in nursing education.
- Engaging Millennial Learners in Nursing Education
I conducted an integrative literature review for my MN project.
- The use of high fidelity simulation as a teaching tool with Kolb’s experiential learning theory in undergraduate nursing education with critical care patients/environments.
- Curriculum development
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & COMMITTEES
- Department of Nursing Education BScN curriculum redesign committee: Chairperson
- Department of Nursing Education BScN Curriculum committee: Chairperson
- UofA BScN Undergraduate Curriculum Committee: Member
- GPRC College Curriculum Committee: Member
- Department of Nursing Student Advisor
- Course taught (theory, lab and clinical): NS1940, NS1950, NS3900, NS3910, NS3940, NURS490, NURS491, NURS494.
- Teaching philosophy/approach to students & learning:
My teaching practice is influenced by experientialism, constructivism, and a caring science curriculum. I bring experiential learning theory into my practice by recognizing past experience in the BScN program and life experience and encouraging the students to think critically about their experiences and how they are shaping their nursing practice. An example of this is in NS1950 with first year nursing students in their first clinical experience I seek information to how the student is feeling about the experience on a daily basis in the first couple of weeks because for many students they have a hard time relating the experience to previous experiences. Constructivism influences my teaching practice as I acknowledge the unique knowledge that the students and I bring to each course and each situation. I utilize their previous knowledge to build new knowledge and facilitate learning. I challenge the students to reflect on their previous knowledge and question their previous perceptions based on their current knowledge. The caring science curriculum aligns with my views of the teacher/student relationship in that it is a shared power-with relationship rather than a traditional power-over relationship. The shared power with my students creates a positive learning environment where I am there to facilitate their learning in a non-intimidating approach. I have received excellent feedback from the students that I supported confidence building, provided encouragement, and treated all students the same.
- Teaching expertise: acute medicine, adult critical care
- Sheane, V. & VanTassell, T. (May 2016). Reflection IN Action through High Fidelity Simulation. Poster session presented at the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
- Sheane, V. (April 2015). Using Technology to Engage the Millennial Nursing Student. Oral session presented at the Scholarship and Faculty Development Conference, Edmonton, Alberta.
- Sheane, V. (May, 2014). Rural Connections through Education. Poster session presented at the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- Sheane, V, Elliott, S., MacIntyre, D., & Rawluk, L. (February, 2013). Urban to Rural: The Road Less Travelled. Oral session presented at the Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Conference, Edmonton, Alberta.
PROFESSIONAL & ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS OR ASSOCIATIONS
- College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta: Member in good standing
- Western and Northern Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing: Member
- Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing: Member