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Thursday, December 8, 2016

NurseTimTube: A Conceptual Model of QSEN

Dr. Maureen Byrnes attended the 2011 QSEN Faculty Development Institute in Boston and while listening to presenters she started doodling on a Post-it® note. Her doodles evolved into a conceptual model of QSEN that can serve as a platform for faculty and students to understand how and why the competencies are important for safe nursing practice. Dr. Byrnes' model constantly reinforces quality and safety education for nurses, demystifying the QSEN competencies and enabling students to understand the domains.




Dr. Byrnes is a clinical assistant professor at Seton Hall University College of Nursing.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Toolbox Tuesday: Yellow-Green


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.

CL15: Yellow-Green

Environment
Clinical
Purpose
Prioritization and delegation are often the most difficult part of NCLEX® for students. Actively talk about these strategies in class, clinical and Lab.
NCLEX® Connection
Coordinated Care / Management of Care
QSEN
Patient-Centered Care
Steps
     Students get a yellow note card and a green note card.
     Yellow stands for caution and refers to situations/scenarios/clients that are Acute/Unstable/Unpredictable.
     Green stands for go and refers to situations/scenarios/clients that are Chronic/Stable/Predictable.
     Have students share situations/client scenarios from their clinical day. The other students have to vote Yellow or Green.
     After a number of situations/scenarios have been shared, chose 4-6 of them and have students vote again based on criteria such as ‘most stable’ or ‘most acute.’
Supplies/Prep
     Yellow and green note cards.
Budget Concerns
Minimal if any.
Comments
May have students practice Yellow-Green with test items as well.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Toolbox Tuesday: EBP On the Fly


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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CL14: EBP On the Fly

Environment
Clinical
Purpose
Evidence-based practice is crucial to effective healthcare. Students will most likely be working in a busy environment with multiple demands facing them at one time. When the need to consider EBP arises, often new healthcare professionals are too busy or frazzled to do much digging. This activity helps students practice efficient yet effective pursuit of EBP.
NCLEX® Connection
Coordinated Care / Management of Care
QSEN
Patient-Centered Care, Evidence-based Practice, Quality Improvement, Safety
Steps
     Students have some time after they have completed their clinical activities.
     Assemble students and give them the following challenge.
     You have all encountered a number of nursing interventions today. Using resources here on the clinical unit, find an alternate to one of these interventions that may have better outcomes without leaving the unit.
     Remind students of tools found in the nurses’ station such as reference books, policies, clinical-decision support tools embedded in the EHR, drug guides in the medication dispensing system, and online tools.
     Add an element of challenge. The first student to return with their recommendation wins a prize.
Supplies/Prep
     If these students are new to this environment, the faculty may want to create a brief overview handout of some of these tools.
Budget Concerns
Minimal if any.
Comments
This is such an important activity with far reaching implications.  It is recommended that this be done at least once a week if possible.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Toolbox Tuesday: Pharm Map Relay


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.

CR14: Pharm Map Relay

Environment
Classroom
Purpose
Allows students to practice managing medications in a ‘busy’ environment. Also helps with focus on NCLEX Client needs.
NCLEX® Connection
Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies
QSEN
Patient-centered care, Teamwork, Safety.  Depends of focus.
Steps
     Need a time keeper. Each person gets the Map for 2 minutes. Then time keeper says ‘pass.’
     Each person at the table.
     Write a medication in the middle of the paper.
     Link two subconcepts related to the client need above. Each person needs to add at least one picture, two links/crosslinks, two subconcepts.
     Pass to the right after one minute. Complete in 10 minutes.
Supplies/Prep
     Blank sheets of paper, coloring pencils
     May print out subconcepts from the NCLEX Test Plan
Budget Concerns
Minimal concerns.
Comments
This does not need to be a very structured event. The idea is quick thinking and collaboration. May also want to instruct them to access knowledge management tools.
NOTE: One study showed that nurses encountered 6.3 work interruptions for each one hour of medication administration.
Biron, A. D., Lavoie-Tremblay, M., & Loiselle, C. (2009). Characteristics of work interruptions during medication administration. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 41(4), 330-337.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Toolbox Tuesday: Question Quik Swap


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.

CL13: Question Quik Swap

Environment
Clinical
Purpose
Developing good questions is key to clinical reasoning. Allowing students to challenge each other with these questions is engaging. 
NCLEX® Connection
Physiological Adaptation
QSEN
Patient-Centered Care
Steps
     Students write two pathophysiology questions on two different notecards by the time clinical is half way done for the day. 
     They hand the cards to the instructor.
     During the last half of clinical, the instructor gives each student one card from another student (this is all anonymous). 
     During post conference students have to dig/discuss/research to come up with the answers to the questions passed out by the instructor.
Supplies/Prep
     Note cards
Budget Concerns
Minimal if any.
Comments
Could be other types of questions. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Toolbox Tuesday: Treasure Hunt Chat


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.

CR13: Treasure Hunt Chat


Environment
Classroom
Purpose
In practice, knowledge management tools are usually digital. In practice, effective knowledge management should include professional collaboration. This activity seeks to offer practice with digital tools in a collaborative activity.
NCLEX® Connection
Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies
QSEN
Teamwork, Informatics
Steps
     Assign a group (4-7) of students a medication.
     The group must use eBooks to find that medication in a different book for each person in the group.
     Each person in the group reports on a different ‘fact-treasure’ from their assigned book.
     CHAT can happen via the eBook chat feature or in an online chat/discussion tool (Blackboard-collaboration/facebook-group).
     Add an element of competition by having a ‘race/drill’ where the first group to complete this activity wins a prize/extra point. This race/drill helps them understand time constraints that can affect knowledge management in real life practice.
Supplies/Prep
     eBooks can be on PDA/handhelds, computers, internet.
     Can be done with paper books if the teams have access to all the books.
     Chat tools inside the eBook, learning management system, or web 2.0 can be used.
Budget Concerns
eBooks are often the same price or less than regular books.
Comments
Explanations to students about knowledge management in practice will be important. Be sure to discuss safety related to knowledge management and how attitudes can affect practice. Discussions should also include time constraints and interruptions that the professional nurse encounters on a regular basis.