THROUGH THE WISDOM OF GROUP WORK, PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING PREPARES NURSES FOR RESOLVING CURRENT HEALTH ISSUES
Problem-based learning (PBL) was developed and has been used in medicals schools for many years with cases or scenarios being used to trigger learning in students before they return to groups to share and refine the knowledge and skills they acquired in independent learning. I recently participated in a course offering that used PBL for the first time. In this paper, I share my experience as I journeyed through PBL. Although I initially responded to the method with anxiety and fear, my attitudes later softened and I began to enjoy my learning. I have found PBL to enhance personal and professional development. Even though it may be frustrating to a newcomer, its merits far outweigh its shortcomings. I recommend PBL for nursing education as I believe the wisdom generated in team learning presents an opportunity for empowering nurses for effective solution of modern-day health care issues.