The holidays are always a strange time when it comes to teaching. Students already have turkey brain, instructors don't want to start anything new and schedules are modified. If you find yourself with a class of Nursing or Health students and need a way to fill those last few hours before Thanksgiving break, we're including an idea below. We'll also be doing a webinar on this topic on the 16th at 3:30pm Eastern if you'd like to join. You can also check out last year's post with additional suggestions.
After our last webinar on Medication Cabinets, Carts and EHRs, we realized that not only is there confusion about what each product does, but there is confusion regarding how to use any one of these products in a Nursing or Health simulation lab.
We have a few instructors who all came up with an excellent lab idea independently. It's really interesting when we hear from schools because so often people will arrive at similar use-cases without interacting with each other at all. This activity was one of those times. A modified version adapted from each instructor's idea is below:
One of our trainers recently stumbled upon this free, open source, vital sign simulator and we decided we needed to share the link with everyone. This is a great tool to enhance a simulation or skills lab to make the vital signs readings more realistic! Check it out here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/vitalsignsim/
Here at EHR Tutor, we have several customers whose schools focus on international students. If you also find yourself with a large portion of students from other countries with language and/or cultural differences, we've compiled a few helpful teaching ideas.
We recently did a webinar on how to use our electronic charting system, EHR Tutor, to make a scenario more realistic when working in a basic skills lab. For anyone who is a customer of ours, make sure you check out "Instructor Resources" within EHR Tutor to view the webinar. For everyone else, we're including a quick idea below.
Now that we have our Provider module for Advanced Practice and Physician's Assistant students, we'd love to get the gears moving when it comes to teaching ideas. If your school has either one of these programs, email us to set up a demo and explore how our product could work for your school.
We found this fascinating infographic from University of Florida outlining the demographics of different diseases in the US. Examining this from a Nurse Education standpoint, we think it's fascinating how different regions may provide extremely different clinical experiences for students. For example, students in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia will probably work with more Heart Disease and Stroke patients than their northern counterparts. On the other hand, a student working in California facilities is more likely to encounter HIV/AIDS patients.
We recently did a demo with a school that is planning to use EHR Tutor for use with remediation classes and although we've never though of that -- it's a great idea!
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.