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Is Online Learning Easier? (comment)

August 5, 2009

I feel like the introduction of technology in education has greatly helped increase organizational skills. When you are part of an online class you must be very organized and independent. It requires a lot of good communication skills and requires one to be computer savvy. The student must read and acquire all of the information themselves from textbooks and other resources the course may provide. The instructor of the course is simply there to provide you with any questions you may have regarding the material. It is up to the student only to obtain the most important information from the reading material and to retain it for future use. I think that these skills will surely help me with graduate school when I start in the fall.

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August 3, 2009
Title: Is Online Learning Easier? (comment)
I agree that online learning is much more challenging than traditional classroom learning. Teachers do spoon-feed the students the information that is needed in order to pass the exams. Whereas online instruction is based on the assignments given and one must be prepared for every aspect of that assignment and not just focus on what the teacher says will be on the exam. Granted, you have some students who are more comfortable with having an instructor available immediately for any questions or unclear information. Online classes also offer access to the instructor as often as needed but much of online instruction requires the student to do the research and try to come up with the appropriate responses on their own before referring to the instructor. Online instruction requires individuals to become more independent and in charge of their own learning at their own pace. For me it has been a godsend.

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Original Post
August 3, 2009
Title: Is Online Learning Easier? (comment)
I believe that online classes prepare you to enter graduate school. Graduate students must be responsible for large amounts of information that must be self-taught. It would be impossible to expect to get everything you need for an exam, or eventually your career, from the classroom as a graduate student. I like that in NR534 Advanced Health Assessment (as taught by Dr. Johnson) I am responsible for reading the book, completely the interactive exercises, and memorizing the basic information. I then go to clinical and exam a patient using the knowledge I have taught myself along with guidance through the exam from my preceptor. I learn how to perform an assessment on a patient from information from the book and experience of my clinical faculty. I am forced to be productive at home because I am expected to report to clinical prepared to use the knowledge from the book without getting a lecture from my clinical preceptor. I feel better prepared for the graduate classes I will take in the fall knowing that I can guide my learning and get the information I need from the books at home.

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July 20, 2009
Title: Is Online Learning Easier?
While at work last night we had a discussion of the different types of programs where nurses can earn their BSN and/or MSN. I was surprised that the majority of nurses said they preferred the traditional classroom over online or distance programs. The view was there would not be the instructor support to help with elements of a course that the student was not able to understand. I look at this experience totally opposite, with the entire Internet at my disposal; I can research any topic and find the answers myself. In a classroom I would be limited to what the instructor was putting forth. Yes, I can always later do the online research but how often will that happen. I think in the classroom, instructors consciously or subconsciously teach to how they will test to insure the success of their students. With online learning, I am responsible for learning the material and have no idea what specific topics will be on an exam. It isn’t that it is easier to do an online degree program; it requires the desire to look for and learn the information as opposed to having it spoon-fed.

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Online Education, comment

August 5, 2009

I agree with this post completely. Health care has taken great advantage of online technology to educate their staff members on new policies, procedures, assessment criteria, etc. I think that using online course to educate regarding different policies and procedures is very effective and efficient. It saves everyone time, and is very convenient. The hospital where I work, I am able to access new courses online that my supervisor may have enrolled me into at any time and complete it. I am able to learn the new information at my own pace and do it whenever I have time. The courses are also interactive and at the end usually have a quiz to test your knowledge on the material. This makes sure that the staff have read and understood the concepts. I hope this type of online education is maintained at all healthcare facilities to keep all staff knowledgeable and informed.

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August 3, 2009
Title: Online Education

                  Most health care facilities now use online courses to keep their employees up-to-date on policies, procedures, documentation rules, and also current assessment criteria. These classes are self-taught and include text, pictures, and audio. The most recent class I took online for my job was on myocardial infarctions/angina. The hospital I work at is trying to become a chest pain center. The classes were helpful; you could go at your own speed, you could click forward or go back as you needed, they were interactive slides, and also a quiz at the end that you had to pass to get credit for the course. Much of the teaching were assessment tools. Criteria to look for when a patient begins complaining of chest pain and the ways to assess the type of pain it is and how to proceed from there.

                  This year I also took extensive classes online concerning pressure ulcers; their protocol, treatment, staging, and documentation. This online class was helpful. There were lots of pictures which is probably most important in learning to properly stage a pressure ulcer. Also it was very interactive. I believe that a big use of healthcare informatics is in teaching hospital/clinic staff. It is able to keep the employees current on their practices; including legal issues, abbreviations that we are able to be used, the correct way to chart, and also assessment tools. I was able to learn valuable pieces of information regarding the way I complete a patient’s assessment and how to document my findings. I believe this will continue to emerge as the predominant way that new information is given to the employees of a facility.

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Online Education for Nursing Education

August 5, 2009

Online education for nurses Education through the means of computer and Internet for nursing professionals has become widely accepted and used in work settings. Hospitals provide classes to nurses for updating the employees on changes in online charting such as assessment documentation. Also, any new protocol that is initiated in the hospital, a mini class with a quiz at the end is usually constructed. All nurses take these mini courses online and get a grade at the end of the quiz. They must pass it and submit it to their supervisor in order to continue working. The use of such courses via the computer to help nurses learn new policies and procedures in their work environment is extremely beneficial to everyone involved. For example, I was required to take a course online regarding behavioral health patients since my unit is seeing more and more of these types of patients. It was helpful to have access to such information and know more about the care and documentation that needs to be performed on these patients. Now I will be ready for it whenever I may encounter a patient who is at risk for suicide. Such uses of computer for online education in the work setting are very helpful. I hope that all hospitals/clinics use this technology to keep their employees up to date with new and current policies and procedures.

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Online Documentation

August 5, 2009

The use of computers and other innovative technology in hospitals has increased greatly over the recent years. Most hospitals now use online charting and documentation of patient care and assessments. The ability to use this technology to delivery, document, and help with administration and evaluation of patient care and prevention of diseases is a great achievement in the healthcare world. My current work environment uses a computer software program to document a patient’s status and assessment. It also allows you to enter essential information such as vital signs, and any clinical notes. In addition, one can also see lab results and results of any other tests that have been performed on the patient on the computer. All medical personnel involved in the patients care are able to access the data entered by any professional working with the patient. For example, a respiratory therapist is able to enter data on a patient’s status pre and post a nebulizer treatment and a nurse can later go and see the results. This type of information sharing allows one to work effectively and efficiently at the same time. This process also saves time, and allows a professional to continue working with the other patients instead of waiting around to disclose the information to another professional working with the same patient. Lastly, another great benefit of online charting is the ability to read and understand information written about the patient’s health condition. There is no worry about trying to figure out what someone else’s messy hand writing states!

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