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Nursing Education – Stress and Workload, comment

July 7, 2009

I thought it was appropriate to discuss stress because that is exactly what I am feeling about my degree program. It does feature online interaction and computer use. The purpose of my degree program was to prepare myself on how to be a better Community Health Nurse; I did not think it was to spend time on academic work. I went to bed last night feeling very stressed. My workday is already 9 hours long and by the time I get to my computer at night I am already tired and stressed. What am I going to do about it? I do not know. I am sure I am not the only one feeling this way. Many Nurses are already feeling the strain of work, family, education etc. I graduated from Nursing in 1982 at the ripe age of 19; it was a 3-year diploma program. Now it is all about the degree and it is becoming increasingly difficult for diploma nurses to move forward in their career. With the national nursing shortage, one would think the government would concentrate on more effective ways for diploma nurses to bridge over to their degree. I cannot afford to take 2 years off to go back to school and taking a course at a time I will be ready to retire by the time I get my degree. To the poster of July 3, 2009 first of all I feel your frustration, but the fact is that it is the nursing organizations that are at blame for this need for additional education not the government. As I am sure that you have found by now, taking classes online require a great deal of discipline and initiative. As with anything else in your life you deem important, time has to be made for it. I know making time in an already full life is going to be very difficult, but you have to weigh what’s more important to you right now, family and work or school. Once that question is answered, you will find a way to make it work.

Original Post:
June 15, 2009
Title; Stress and Workload
I thought it was appropriate to discuss stress because that’s exactly what I am feeling about my degree program. It does feature online interaction and computer use. The purpose of my degree program was to prepare myself on how to be a better Community Health Nurse; I did not think it was to send time on academic work. I went to bed last night feeling very stressed. My workday is already 9 hours long and by the time I get to my computer at night I am already tired and stressed. What am I going to do about it? I don’t know. I am sure I am not the only one feeling this way. Many Nurses are already feeling the strain of work, family, education etc. I graduated from Nursing in 1982 at the ripe age of 19; it was a 3-year diploma program. Now it’s all about the degree and it is becoming increasingly difficult for diploma nurses to move forward in their career. With the national nursing shortage one would think the government would concentrate on more effective ways for diploma nurses to bridge over to their degree. I can’t afford to take 2 years off to go back to school and taking a course at a time I will be ready to retire by the time I get my degree.

Tags: Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare Informatics Resources, Nursing Education, Health Care Informatics Eduction, Community Public Health Nursing Education

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Nursing Education and the Computer, comment

July 7, 2009

The computer is such a vast magnitude of information and when used appropriately can be a wonderful education tool. I wouldn’t know what to do if I had to attend class because I have taken Internet courses for so long. I love it for the convenience. The only downfall that I see to education via the computer is that the individual must be disciplined and take initiative. In other words, I have learned that I must still schedule my school time. The other thing is, that it is my responsibility to look for clinical education. I use my current employment to get clinical experience to assist in the studies I am currently doing. I think nurses and anyone really can benefit from computer education if used the right way. I do believe we must be cognizant of the fact that not all information on the Internet is accurate and we must utilize information from reputable sites. July 3, 2009 I have also taken courses on line and completed a masters in psychology. Now I am enrolled in classes where I actually have to appear in person. Since it is a nurse practitioners program I guess being there is more important. It was quite an adjustment to sit and listen to someone lecture for hours at a time and then be quizzed on the information. You right on point about the fact that one has to maintain a great deal of discipline and initiative to be successful in an online program. I too have to find my own clinical experiences, but we were provided with a list of providers who already had contracts with the school for preceptorship, therefore the hunt was not as difficult as going out totally on your own. You are also correct that not all the information online is reliable or even creditable, one needs to find trusted and well established literature from organizations that are well known and established in the area that you are researching otherwise your research won’t be evidence based nor have any validity.

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Original Post:
April 28, 2009
Title; Nursing Education and the Computer, comment
The computer is such a vast magnitude of information and when used appropriately can be a wonderful education tool. I wouldn’t know what to do if I had to attend class because I have taken Internet courses for so long. I love it for the convenience. The only downfall that I see to education via the computer is that the individual must be disciplined and take initiative. In other words, I have learned that I must still schedule my school time. The other thing is that is is my responsibility to look for clinical education. I use my current employment to get clinical experience to assist in the studies I am currently doing. I think nurses and anyone really can benefit from computer education if used the right way. I do believe we must be cognizant of the fact that not all information on the Internet is accurate and we must utilize information from reputable sites.

Original Post:
April 22, 2009
The information that we can gain to utilize in our nursing career is
significant.  I currently work with the Director of the Child Abuse team.
She is a remarkable physician and is constantly working to keep the nursing
staff up to date in assessing for child abuse.  A few years ago she showed a
video of a daycare provider’s boyfriend physical abusing an infant on a
nanny cam.  The day care provider was suspicious of her boyfriend and hid a
video camera when she left the children alone with him.  After seeing the
vicious beating on tape she immediately called the parent and had the child
brought to the local ER.  The child had not one bruise and not one broken
bone.  To see this video is to assume the child would be barley breathing.
The doctor’s intent of the video is to show us recent information about an
ongoing child abuse case and to re-enforce a child victim of abuse does not
necessarily have the marks to show it.  The current and readiness of the
Internet to help educate has kept our clinic up to date on what to look for
with child abuse.

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