It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of the semester as it only seemed like yesterday that I spent hours upon hours editing and writing my first post. Over the course of the term, I have become more comfortable sharing my thoughts in the written word for all to see and the next hurdle is speaking for a video recording as no matter how hard I try it just sounds fake! There must be some kind of switch in brain that tells me to speak funny or at least I hope that I do not sound like that each day! I can’t do anything about my voice it just seems to be the tone. In fact I have had that issue the whole semester as I did podcasts for one of the nursing classes I was helping with. When I played back the recording it sounded like I was dragging out each word so I recorded it a hundred times and I think by the end I was speaking so fast no one understood. I think that I am going to have to continue to listen, record, re-record and yet again until I can find that happy medium.
For my final summary I chose to do a Shauna’s mindmap of learning. You can see a picture of a portion of it below or click on the pdf. The mindmap is a diagram used to represent words and ideas. I chose to so the mindmap as I will be using this next term with my clinical group to map out anything such as the pathophysiology of a disease process or why you would give one pain medication versus another. As these programs are freely available on the web, I think it will be good to try. The program I used was called FreeMind. Overall I found the program pretty easy to use but it seemed quite restrictive. You could continue to add on levels of headings (child nodes move you to the next level or a sibling node adds another piece to one common node) but once you continue to add what you learned it really becomes crowded. The advantage of using the mindmap is that all of this is centered around one topic which for this assignment was my learning. As the mindmap itself would not be that exciting to share in class on Tuesday I made a short video to accompany the mindmap. I have it attached below.
I will take many things away from the course. Looking back I believe that we really did develop our own personal learning network. We were able to connect with each other through the use of tools such as good reader and twitter (okay so I promise I will get better at this and making a video). I value sharism and throughout the semester I really tried to put myself out there so that I could get feedback and learn from my mistakes. I experimented with twitter, found tweet deck to be a wonderful tool to help me sort through all of the tweets. I also joined LinkedIn and started the technology nurse group on Facebook. As I wanted to continue to try new things in the classroom, my PowerPoint slides became only pictures. I tried various tools such as digital storytelling and introduced (yes introduced) the nursing students to twitter as they knew nothing about it.
I really began to put myself out there on the internet so I thought for the fun of it I would put my name in google alert and it alerted me once (but that is a start!).
We were asked if we put our best work out on the Internet and I would have to yes I have. My NING site that I have developed will hopefully be able to become public in the next few months (just have to work out the ethics). I am very excited about this site as it is a way for patients with heart failure, family members, friends and health care providers to come together to learn from each other and make connections. I will be talking more about this project in a later post.
With all of the this learning, the question becomes where can you learn from me? I hope to use Twitter more next term with my clinical group. My supervisor and I will be working on an open access journal for nursing which will be exciting. I also plan to continue with this blog so that others can learn from my success and my misses (again sorry for voice recordings).
I learned so much from all of you and hope that you too will continue with your blogs if not I will follow you on Twitter.
I am working on finishing up my final summary for class and find myself amazed by how much I have learned (as well as how much I still have to learn). Taking this class has really opened doors for me that I would never have imagined at the beginning of the semester. I had an opportunity to share what I was doing in the classroom and clinical with nursing leaders across Canada- I did not think that opportunity would ever come about. As well I will be going to Awassa, Ethiopia
to work on areas such as the use of simulation in the nursing program and the use of a variety of social media tools to improve communication.
I look forward to the many adventures ahead of me and I thank you all for helping me learn and grow throughout the term.
This will be the first time I will have traveled to Ethiopia- the only advice I have been given is to stay away from the hippos and watch out for hyenas at night. Living in Saskatchewan, I have not had to learn how to deal with an angry hippo- I guess I will just have to stay away.
Any other recommendations or advice?
I was in Toronto this week for a CASN–Infoway symposium discussing nursing informatics. I had the opportunity to not only listen and participate in the discussion with the deans of many nursing programs across Canada, but share with them tools that I have learned in eci831 and tried in both the classroom and clinical settings. In clinical I shared how I use a variety of apps to help students understand more about the body and pathophysiology, how I use you tube to help students learn to interpret ECGs and how QR codes can be used in the clinical settings. The discussion was a very important first step as we begin to develop competencies and discuss issues around this area for nursing. It was definitely a start in beginning a discussion around nursing informatics. Many stated that the using the words nursing informatics implied something difficult? What do you think when you hear the words nursing informatics?
For me, some of the most powerful tools that I have been introduced to this semester all centered around the use of photographs. At the beginning of the semester in our eci831 class, Alec introduced us to the site Dear Photograph and I have not stopped talking about it since. I spent hours reading and looking at all of the photographs. I have told many to check it our. I keep going back to the site as well. When I went to link the website here, I spent more time looking at the latest photos. I am trying to figure out how I can use this in clinical…still trying to figure it out. I think it is a great option for those dealing with change, death or dying. It is a great site to help work through those emotions (for some).
So I Monday, I had the opportunity to teach a fourth year nursing class. This class came about right after my introduction to digital story-telling so I had to try one in class. The topic of the class was on nurse fatigue and patient safety. I had the students chose 5 photos that told their story of fatigue (from clinical, school, life etc) which is a bit of a variation. The students loved it and had such a great time. This class came together, shared stories, laughed and I do believe learned much more than the use of another more traditional method. I would definitely use this again as it introduced the students to another teaching tool that they can use in their clinical practice, opened the door to a rich discussion on fatigue, helped them learn more about copyright and they really did come together to support one another.
And I did tell them to check out the dear photograph site….
a Five Card Flickr story created by Shauna Davies
flickr photo by Serenae
flickr photo by Serenae
flickr photo by Choconancy1
flickr photo by krutscjo
flickr photo by krutscjo
As I am sitting her sorting through all of the articles that I have read for my PhD classes, I wonder where my path will take me. After my classes, I will have the opportunity to go to Ethiopia for a three month internship where I will be working with other students around the issue of food security. My role will not only be nursing but trying out social media tools learned in class. I can see that these tools will not only be useful for those in Canada but all over the world!
As with many stories, mine is yet unfinished