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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Toolbox Tuesday: Assessment


Toolbox Tuesday is a weekly blog series by NurseTim, a leader in faculty development and student preparation.

The tools featured each week are mapped to the NCLEX® Test Plan and the QSEN Competencies. These ready-to-use tools help educators quickly implement evidence-based learning strategies that engage learners. Never miss a tool by signing up to get blog updates via your favorite RSS Reader or email.


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CL20: Assessment
Environment
Clinical Learning Lab
Purpose
Students practice physical assessment skills. 
NCLEX® Connection
Management of Care, Safety, Basic Care and Comfort, Reduction of Risk Potential
QSEN
Patient-centered care, Teamwork, Evidence-based practice, Quality Improvement, Safety
Steps
     Set up students as patients or mannequins.
     During the setup process, make some things incorrect, such as hang the foley bag on the bedrail, put a nitropaste on the patient’s back and another on their front, have the IV fluids running at the incorrect rate per the report.
     Give students a report and then have them assess and see what matches.
     Or – do not give a report and just have the students assess and see what they find.
     You can also apply a time limit to the assessment such as 3 minute assessment.
Supplies/Prep
     Most equipment can be supplied from the clinical learning lab supply closet.
Budget Concerns
Little to none.  Faculty can simply use materials from the clinical learning lab closet which can be put back in the closet to use again later.
Comments
You can also apply a time limit to the assessment.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Toolbox Tuesday: Text Messaging Clickers


Toolbox Tuesday is a weekly blog series by NurseTim, a leader in faculty development and student preparation.

The tools featured each week are mapped to the NCLEX® Test Plan and the QSEN Competencies. These ready-to-use tools help educators quickly implement evidence-based learning strategies that engage learners. Never miss a tool by signing up to get blog updates via your favorite RSS Reader or email.


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CR19: Text Messaging Clickers
Environment
Classroom
Purpose
Allowing students to vote during discussions encourages participation and focus. Using a tool to which most students have access allows for a relatively inexpensive audience response system (ARS).
NCLEX® Connection
All areas.
QSEN
All areas.
Steps
     Instructors and students should subscribe to an unlimited SMS text messaging plan with their mobile phone provider.
     Provide the students with a mobile phone number to which they can text their response.
     Present a question or challenge to the students. Ask them to vote or respond.
     Each student then sends a text message.
     The instructor reviews the responses and talks to the class about the results.
     Variation – Ask for a volunteer TEXT – TA (Text – Teaching Assistant). Usually one student will volunteer in exchange for an iTunes® or Starbucks ® giftcard. This TEXT – TA then tallies and reports findings. 
Supplies/Prep
     Instructor owned mobile phone or a mobile phone ‘owned’ by the educational unit. Most mobile phone vendors will allow for adding an extra line with unlimited texting for less than $20 a month. This way faculty don’t need to give out their primary mobile phone number.
     App online or on handheld device. There are ‘Apps’ such as TEXTFREE that can be downloaded on a handheld or smartphone device. These Apps give the user a free text messaging phone number. All it does is send/receive text messages.
     Email text messages. Most mobile phones have an email address (e.g. if your mobile number is 555-0182 and you were a Verizon customer your phone’s email address would be 555-0182@vtext.com). This is one way of sending/receiving SMS text messages.
Budget Concerns
Ensure all participants know the potential costs.  
Comments
Students who prefer not to text should still participate. Ask them to write their response on a card and pass to a partner for texting. Or place students in small groups.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Toolbox Tuesday: Pediatric Surgery Teaching Game


Toolbox Tuesday is a weekly blog series by NurseTim, a leader in faculty development and student preparation.

The tools featured each week are mapped to the NCLEX® Test Plan and the QSEN Competencies. These ready-to-use tools help educators quickly implement evidence-based learning strategies that engage learners. Never miss a tool by signing up to get blog updates via your favorite RSS Reader or email.


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CL19: Pediatric Surgery Teaching Game
Environment
Clinical Learning Lab or Clinical Post Conference
Purpose
Students have the opportunity to align various teaching methods for regarding surgery and children of different age groups.   Highly engaging for the entire class.
NCLEX® Connection
Health Promotion and Maintenance
QSEN
Patient-Centered Care
Steps
     Inform students of activity prior to actual activity so that they can bring in any props that they see fit in addition to anything in the clinical learning lab supply closet (i.e. teddy bear.)
     Students demonstrate teaching methods necessary to prepare children of different age groups for surgery.
     Follow-up discussion.
Supplies/Prep
     Most equipment can be supplied from the clinical learning lab supply closet, but students can bring in any additional equipment if advanced notice is given. 
Budget Concerns
Little to none.  Most students can simply use materials from the clinical learning lab closet which can be put back in the closet to use again later.
Comments
Can easily spur on other conversations regarding children’s age, developmental stages and therefore the appropriateness of teaching method.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Toolbox Tuesday: Student-Powered Clickers


Toolbox Tuesday is a weekly blog series by NurseTim, a leader in faculty development and student preparation.

The tools featured each week are mapped to the NCLEX® Test Plan and the QSEN Competencies. These ready-to-use tools help educators quickly implement evidence-based learning strategies that engage learners. Never miss a tool by signing up to get blog updates via your favorite RSS Reader or email.


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CR18: Student-Powered Clickers
Environment
Classroom
Purpose
Allowing students to vote during discussions encourages participation and focus. Using no technology allows for worry free audience response activities.
NCLEX® Connection
All areas.
QSEN
All areas.
Steps
     Prepare cards on six different colors.
     Each card has a number printed on it.
     Put an NCLEX-style question on the screen or have them focus on a question in their notes/books.
     Ask students to display the card with the number/color that represents their choice.
     Can be select all that apply, multiple choice, rank order, true false type questions.
Supplies/Prep
     Colored note cards
Budget Concerns
Purchase a pack of multi-colored 3x5 cards. 
Comments
Try to have students put the same number on the same color. This helps for quick analysis by the instructor.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Toolbox Tuesday: Pediatric Toy Game


Toolbox Tuesday is a weekly blog series by NurseTim, a leader in faculty development and student preparation.

The tools featured each week are mapped to the NCLEX® Test Plan and the QSEN Competencies. These ready-to-use tools help educators quickly implement evidence-based learning strategies that engage learners. Never miss a tool by signing up to get blog updates via your favorite RSS Reader or email.


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CL18: Pediatric Toy Game
Environment
Clinical Learning Lab
Purpose
Students have the opportunity to align various toys with appropriate age groups based upon level of development.   Highly engaging for the entire class.
NCLEX® Connection
Health Promotion and Maintenance
QSEN
Patient-Centered Care
Steps
     When starting this process, invite students to bring in different toys either store bought or homemade.
     After a few semesters, you now have a pantry of toys.
     Place the toys out on tables around the room.
     Have the students go around the room and decide the appropriate age group for each toy.

Supplies/Prep
     As stated, the first few semesters, groups of students can bring in toys.  After a few semesters, you will have a semester of toys to choose from.
     Paper
Budget Concerns
Little to none.  Students can purchase the toys at the dollar store.
Comments
Can easily spur on other conversations regarding childrens’ age development stages and therefore the appropriateness of games.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Toolbox Tuesday: Handheld EHR (Electronic Health Record)


Toolbox Tuesday is a weekly blog series by NurseTim, a leader in faculty development and student preparation.

The tools featured each week are mapped to the NCLEX® Test Plan and the QSEN Competencies. These ready-to-use tools help educators quickly implement evidence-based learning strategies that engage learners. Never miss a tool by signing up to get blog updates via your favorite RSS Reader or email.


Download the pdf file here.

CR16: Handheld EHR (Electronic Health Record)


Environment
Classroom
Purpose
Effective use of the EHR requires good attitudes about this type of tool.  Having this tool in class and using it often will help to develop some of those attitudes.
NCLEX® Connection
Physiological Adaptation
QSEN
Patient-Centered Care, Teamwork, Informatics
Steps
     We just talked about the care of a client suffering from ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke (e.g. 20 minutes of lecture).
     Form groups of 3-5.  Take out the case study.
     Open up your EHR nTrack on your handhelds or in your web browser.
     In the EHR nTrack, document the assessments you would expect and interventions you would provide for your client.
     I will watch online and pull up one or 2 for us to discuss as a class (up on the LCD projector).
Supplies/Prep
     Students will need access to their EHR (can use nTrack on a handheld/smartphone, can use other EHRs (SimChart®, NeehrPerferct®) on a web-enabled computer.
     Case study can be simple (3-4 sentences).  Requires the students to get creative and try to develop data that would be expected based on the mini-case study you provide.
     Need an EHR system that allows the instructor to login from the ‘backend’ and then display data to the class.
Budget Concerns
Cost of the EHR software.
Cost of devices to run the software. Consider allowing students to use their own devices.
Comments
May need to make this a day where students come to the lab/library to use the software.