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Technology Resources and Informatics in Nursing
NCCIP Subcommittee
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Technology Survey
NCCCS Institutions
Nursing Programs
Survey sent to all CIP reps in the fall 2006 with a
93% return by March 2007
Technology methodology:
PDAs used by faculty
PDAs used by students
MP3 Players / iPODs
Streaming media
Hybrid courses
Looked at:
Current usage
Future usage
Pros and Cons of method
Functions or activities being utilized
Nursing courses involved
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Technology Survey
NCCCS Institutions Nursing Programs
Future
75%
51%
PDA (faculty)
39%
37%
15% 29%
5%
19%
10%
5%
Streaming
Media
PDA (student)
MP3/iPOD
Internet Hybrid
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Personal Digital Assistants
(PDAs)
The use of Personal Digital Assistants
is expanding in the healthcare arena
Patient wellness
Nursing networks
Workplace redesign
Nursing research
Affords nurses:
Portable access to extensive reference materials
Organizational and time saving benefits
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In Education
Supports technology thread mandated for nursing programs
Develops leadership skills
Provides the student with evidence-based information and data
Enhances learning by providing rapid, efficient access to pertinent data
in clinical settings
In Clinical Practice
Reduces errors
Maximizes use of time
Enhances evidence-based decision making
Facilitates delivery of quality care consistent with best practices
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Basic Functions
Address Book
Calculator
Calendar
Memo Pad
Capability for preparation of Word documents and
PowerPoint presentations
Software access to:
Current drug information
Infectious disease data
Calculation capabilities
Growth and immunization charts
Laboratory data
Medical Spanish translation software
Medical and nursing databases
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Endless Possibilities!
Reinforcement of core knowledge
Provision of immediate feedback for patient teaching
Wireless transmission of information from instructor to student
Beaming
Information
Encourages student accountability
Encourages self-improvement
Provides avenue for gathering and analyzing data
Weekly computerized care summary & anecdotal record
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PDAs
Tech survey comments
Many different
applications
being used
across state
Less cumbersome
and more mobile
than book
references,
calendars, memo
pads, folders
Improves accessibility
to information
Cost concerns
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Hardware
Must be able to handle expected applications
Consider various options:
Support for color
Amount of internal memory
Capacity for upgrades via secure digital card expansion
Cost – $140.00 and up
Expansion cards can be used
 Saves battery power
 No power source required to
maintain stored data
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Freeware
ePocrates Drug Database
(PDA drug database)
Blood Pressure Manager
(tracks blood pressures & includes graphic trends)
Medical Calculator
(commonly used drug equations)
AACN Cardiac Medications
Great Software
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(cardiac medications and dosage)
Fischbach’s A Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests for PDA
Karch’s 2006 Lippincott’s Nursing Drug Guide for PDA
Weber’s Nurses’ Handbook of Health Assessment for PDA
Carpentino-Moyet’s Handbook of Nursing Diagnosis for PDA
Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice and Procedures
Smith-Temple and Johnson’s Nurses Guide to Clinical Procedures for PDA
Taylor’s Clinical Nursing Skills for PDA
Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing for PDA
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Check Out These Websites!
www.pepidonline.com
www.pdacortex.com
www.epocrates.com
www.aacn.org
FA Davis link:
http://www.fadavis.com/marketing/pda_software.cfm
Elsevier Link: (search for "software")
http://www.elsevier.ca
Lippincott Link:
http://www.lww.com/browsemediaspec/PDA/0,0,68,00.html
Resources for PDAs:
http://www.welch.jhu.edu/classes/elearning/pdaresources.html
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Hybrid Nursing Courses
A hybrid course is any course that is taught partially on the
Internet. It may be 50/50 or any other combination.
Each community college has its’
own definition of hybrid course.
Web-Based Programs Used for Hybrid Courses
Blackboard
Web CT (now owned by Blackboard)
Moodle
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Campus Cruiser
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Blackboard
Allows colleges to:
Foster growth and usage on a scalable and secure basis.
Customize their learning environment using the
Blackboard Building Blocks.
Three versions available
Blackboard Learning System – Basic Edition
Blackboard Learning System – Enterprise Edition
Blackboard Learning System – Academic Suite
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Blackboard – Basic Edition
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Course Documents
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Task List
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Assignments
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Email
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Announcements
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Assessments
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Learning Units
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Grade book
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Communication
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Group Pages
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Calendar
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Multimedia
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Discussion Board
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Virtual Classroom
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Blackboard – Enterprise Edition
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Better formatting of text boxes
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Multilingual – 9 languages
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Browser enhanced
Collapsible forums under
discussion board
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Multiple attempts at
assessments
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Allows for extra credit
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Spell check
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Web EQ
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Math Editor
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Share courseware
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Blackboard – Academic Suite
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More interactive
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More choices when
grading assessments
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Organizational statistics
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Communicate in real time
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Aid system administration
Act as a bridge between
Blackboard Academic
Suite and external
systems or applications
Extend the learning
environment to include
robust content
management and
community-building
capabilities
Provide customizations to
meet discipline-specific or
pedagogical needs
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Hybrid Nursing
Courses
Top 4 hybrid courses:
Nutrition
Pharmacology
Professional Issues/Leadership
LPN to RN Transition
Less than 10 NC schools
have all courses hybrid or
web enhanced
Online activities include:
Testing
Research
Discussion communication
Worksheets
Quizzes
Assignments
PowerPoint presentations Skills
Evidence-based resources
Grades
Case studies
Group work
Questions & answers
Post conference
Email communication
Announcements
Posting documents
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Hybrid Courses
comments from tech survey
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“Students love it”
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“Lots of work for faculty”
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“Increases communication and accessibility”
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“Testing concerns and security”
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“Attendance issues—difficult to monitor or has to be monitored differently”
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“Improves flexibility”
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“Decreases one-on-one time with student/faculty”
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“Improves student self-directed learning”
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“Some students have accessibility problems”
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“Students have easy access to course components as provided by faculty”
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Digital Audio Player
(MP3 Players, iPODs)
Students aren’t strapped to computers
Listen anywhere: driving, gym, with kids, grocery store
Allow repetition of information for learning / validating information
Students without MP3s can listen or view on computers
Pre-class instruction
Pre-class lecture to allow more application time in classrooms
Post lectures for students to re-listen
Supplement lecture when time is limited
Clinical
Record of report
Journal of clinical day
Audio care plans
Record notes
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Streaming Media: Four Basic Steps
1.
Create video content – using
Camera
Camcorder
VCR
2.
Create a digital file
3.
Compress/Encode the video
4.
Serve the video to the client
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Serving the Video
Techniques used in viewing the video on the internet
– Downloading
– Progressive downloading/pseudo-streaming
– “True” streaming
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Resources
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White, A., Allen, P., Goodwin, L. Breckinridge, D., Dowell, J. & Garvy, R.
(2005) Infusing PDA Technology Into Nursing Education. Nurse Educator
30(4), p. 150-154.
Davenport, C. What Nurses Need to Know About Personal Digital
Assistants. http://www.eaa-knowledge.com/ojni/ni/8_3/davenport.htm
Glossary of Mobile Device Terminology
http://www.palm.com.us/products/basics/glossary
Teaching and Learning
http://www.palm.com/us/education
Handheld Technology: The newest practice tool for nurses
http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/nus/ojni/dm/51/handheld_technology.htm
Helpful websites
http://www.palm.com.us/education/resourcelibrary/helpfulsites.epi
Handhelds in Medicine
http://www.pdacortex.com.Handhelds_in_Medicine.htm
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