YuChun Yao is an assistant professor in Department of Nursing, I-Shou University in Taiwan. Her specialties are nursing education, nursing leadership and management. She got a Master degree in Nursing in 2004 and Doctor Degree in Education in 2011 from Spalding University, Kentucky, United States of America. Now, she has 4 publications in referred journals. Shu-Hua Huang is an associate professor in general education center, Air Force Institute of Technology in Taiwan. Her specialties are psychology and education. She got a PhD in Institute of Educational Entrepreneurship and Management in National University of Tainan in Taiwan. Now, she has 14 publications in referred journals. I-Ju Pan had completed her PhD in 2006 from Queensland University of Technology School of Nursing. She is a teacher of I-Shou University since 1999. She has published papers in reputed journals and has been serving as an review board member of repute.
In former times, nursing instructors have utilized the conventional lecture format in nursing education. In recent years, many studies have showed that inquiry teaching strategy have better learning outcomes than traditional teaching strategy. Although nursing instructors have rarely utilized the inquiry teaching strategy in nursing education, many studies suggest that nursing instructors should explore more innovative approaches to improve nursing students’ experience and fitness for practice, especially in higher education. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the influences of inquiry teaching strategy on college students’ learning performance in nursing education. A quasi-experimental design was used in this study. There were 46 college students in the control group (traditional teaching strategy) and 42 college students in the experimental group (inquiry teaching strategy). The Inquiry Process Model (IPM) was utilized to design the medical-surgical nursing curriculum. The Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) and Assessment Technologies Institute - Standardized Comprehensive Medical-Surgical Assessment (ATI-SCMSA) were utilized to evaluate college students learning performance. The findings of this study indicated that college students who accepted inquiry teaching strategy performed higher learning motivation, intrinsic goal orientation, and text anxiety than traditional teaching strategy. However, the college students who accepted traditional teaching strategy performed higher score on the ATI-SCMSA than inquiry teaching strategy. The recommendations of this study is that inquiry teaching strategy may be an effective teaching strategy for college students’ learning motivation; however, it may not be an effective teaching strategy for college students’ score in medical-surgical nursing examination.
Shu-Hui Peng has completed her M.D. at the age of 36 from Mei Ho University in Taiwan and is studying her Master’s degree in I-Shou University in Taiwan. She has been a nursing staff in Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital for 25 years.
Alcohol-related trauma, which including drunk driving, fighting or a fall after drinking alcohol, is the main reason for sustaining trauma injury. To provide objective evidences and more complete therapeutic algorithm, this study was designed to investigate the relationship of alcohol-related trauma and the injury severity as well as medical expenses in adults. A retrospective study of the medical records and registered data in Trauma Registry System from 2009 to 2014 was performed at a medical center in southern Taiwan. The patients whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level≧50mg/dl was considered as alcohol intoxication group while those whose BAC level less than 50mg/dl and those who were not required for an alcohol test were deemed as patients without alcohol intoxication group. Of the total 11,033 adult patients, 929 patients with BAC (+) and 10,104 patients with BAC (–) were enrolled in this study. atients with alcohol intoxication had significantly higher rates of head/neck injury, face injury, thoracic injury, and abdomen injury, lower Glasgow coma scale (GCS) score (12.6±3.7 vs. 14.5±1.9, p＜0.001), higher injury severity score (30.8±17.8 vs. 7.7±6.5, p＜0.001), higher short-term mortality (3.6% vs. 1.2%, p＜0.001), longer hospital stay (11.4 days vs. 9.1 days, p＜0.001), and higher proportion of admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) (35.4% vs. 15.0%, p＜0.001) than those without alcohol intoxication. Alcohol-related trauma is associated to a higher injury severity and increase the cost of medical expenses.