Monday, April 27, 2015

Free body sounds and quizzes for Nursing students!

We mentioned a new site that we found on our last blog post, but after looking through their resources, we've decided we need to dedicate a whole post to this amazing, free, resource: PracticalClinicalSkills.com.

In the past, we've talked to a lot of schools who use prerecorded lung and heart sounds either in the classroom or in the skills lab. But where to find those recordings? A lot of instructors we run into simply search on YouTube for the specific sound or scenario they are looking for. However, that involves weeding through all of the lengthy and not-just-right videos out there. Next time you find yourself in the same situation, go to Practical Clinical Skills and click on either their Heart or Lung sounds. Your students can either go through an online "course" that describes the sound and let's them listen for themselves, or you can do "repitition training" which is basically a loop of a specifical sound.

Not only can you find a huge library of sounds to use with your students, they also post EKG images and references on the site for free. So if you're looking for a specific image for your lesson or would like students to practice reviewing EKGs, this is a great place to start.

After your students are familiar with all the material above, Practical Clinical Skills also has quizzes in each section of the site which are great for a review day in class or a homework assignment at home. To make it a little more interactive, have students do the review while in a computer lab and run a contest for who can get the highest score on their first try.