Nursing Education and the Computer, comment

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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.

Module One of this program helps nurses to use the computer in your education. Click here.

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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