Nurse educators are increasingly challenged in preparing future nurses to be creative thinkers. The purpose of this innovative quality improvement initiative is to share nursing students’ interpretations of the value arts-based pedagogy (ABP) brings to their nursing practice.
Braun and Clarke’s approach to thematic analysis was utilized to identify and report patterns of ideas within learners’ interpretations of engaging in an ABP assignment.
The analysis of students’ interpretations led to the creation of a novel conceptual model to encourage and support nurse educators in the use of innovative ABP approaches.
ABP can be seamlessly integrated within teaching and learning methodologies to cultivate meaningful student learning.
Implications for international audience
The intent of the conceptual model is to encourage and support nurse educators in the use of innovative ABP approaches designed for engaging nursing students in active, creative, and challenging learning environments.
Research funding: None declared.
Author contributions: All authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this manuscript and approved its submission.
Competing interests: Authors state no conflict of interest.
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