AWHONN Insights Podcast: Virtual Nursing Education: Innovation for the New Normal

Written by: Dr. Joan E. Edwards, Barry Dye, Diego Rivas, Nursing Student
Published on: May 26, 2021

With no end in sight for the COVID-19 pandemic, educators of all backgrounds are striving to find virtual and innovative teaching solutions for their students.

In the realm of nursing education, there are a few caveats; nurse educators must now find ways to capture the in-person clinical experience in a virtual format while adhering to the specific didactic and clinical competency requirements set by their respective state boards.

On this episode, we will dig deeper into the ups and downs of virtual experiential education with Dr. Joan Edwards, former AWHONN President, Professor at Texas Woman’s University and Director of its Center for Global Nursing, Diego Rivas, a student of Dr. Edwards, and Barry Dye, their former patient. Dr. Edwards, Diego, and Barry will share the ways in which they’ve had to navigate this new normal from the teacher, learner, and patient perspectives.


Dr. Joan E. EdwardsDr. Joan E. Edwards, PHD, RNC, CNS, FAAN
Joan Edwards is a tenured professor at Texas Women’s University (TWU) in Houston and Director of the TWU Center for Global Nursing since 2008. 


Barry DyeBarry Dye, Former Patient of Dr. Edwards
’Barry is a new mom living in Phoenix with her husband, Ted, and pug dog Stella. 


Diego RivasDiego Rivas, Nursing Student
Diego Rene Rivas was born a small town in rural South Texas and currently resides in Houston where he is starting his senior year at Texas Woman’s University and pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.