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Session OP143 – Teaching Methodology 1 (1400 – 1530) HALL 102 June 29, 2009

Posted by Scott Erdley in conference, education, NI2009, nursing informatics, speaker.
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Late start due to close finish of opening afternoon plenary. Plus the opening speaker at this session, Patricia Dykes, has a 2nd presentation right after her opening survey in this session. Her session “Validation of the Impact of Health Informaiton Technology (I-HIT) Scale: An international collaborative” reports on moving the HIMSS impact of HIT scale into the international community. I-HIT 29 item scale with 4 subscales. Overview of international validation process provided by Dykes. It is troubling to me we (nursing informatics), as a profession, still conducting survey research of attitudes. We (aka NI) began research of / in NI using survey research of attitudes and perceptions. Now we use the web versus using hardcopy snail collection format but otherwise still pretty much the same (sigh). Time marches on . . .Patty now leaving and will return for Q&A at end of this session.

Amy Barton next, presentation titled ‘Informatics Curriculum integration for quality and safety education for nurses’ as part of the QSEN initiative, a national US effort. It is funded by RWJ / Robert Wood Johnson foundation. 6 competencies outlined of patient-centered care to teamwork & collabration through informatics. Additional initiatives include TIGER, revised AACN Essentials of Baccalaurate of Nursing Education, and NLN position statement. Colorado trying to insert a curricular thread for nursing education; make it relevant to all involved (AD, BS, etc.) programs. KSA are three sub-content related to all 6 competencies (knowledge, skills and attitudes). She continues to outline distinct, for each, KSA’s at different levels of education at beginning and intermediate phases. There are no ‘advanced’ phase or phases, though. Implications of findings include informatics content learned largely via course assignments & readings (partnered with McKesson for system to be used in lab), creation of new learning activities (see QSEN website) and creation of instructor toolkit. Created professional learning lab (wear clinical scrubs, cis for use, etc.) for students throughout their education. Q&As at this point to Amy & Diane Skiba.

Shwu-Fen Chiu and colleagues titled “Development of an Incident Event reporting System for Nursing students” is next up at this session. Begins with review of current practice – aka oral and or paper reporting processes. Both forms tend to encourage under-reporting of incidents. A web-based system for reporting incidents was employed in this study. Results indicate students seem to like the system. There is also a distinct faculty review view of the student system; faculty can annotate and comments automatically linked or entered into student academic record. Assessed on 4 items of number of events, time faculty rec’d notice, time of report by student, and when the entire process was completed. I suspect the marked improvement of reporting of incidents by students is due to the ability to enter incident without immediate retribution by staff and or faculty person. Not sure if my ‘hunch’ is correct, though – ymmv.

Last presenter is Diane Skiba titled “Using social software to transform informatics education”. Background informatin of UCD program provided by Diane. Of note is it is entirely online having begun in 1997. Also houses the i-Collaboratory, which now uses webinars, wikis, and so forth. Students need to use these tools (social networks) as patients become more adept and comfortable with using these tools themselves. They use Ning to create a social network (healthcareinformatics.ning.com). Ran through a large number of screen shots of their ‘Ning’ site at this point. Other tools of social bookmarking include bookmarking of URLS and such (via twine, CiteUlike, del.icio.us, etc.). Nicely done!

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