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Is online learning easier? (comment)

August 31, 2009

I am currently taking Advanced Health Assessment II with Dr. Johnson. This online learning has been a great learning experience for me!! I am used to the classroom setting but I agree that this way of learning helps with preparing for graduate school. I have just started graduate school and much of it is self-directed with deadlines. This course so far has taught me time management as well as self motivation. I look forward to future online course I may take in the future!

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August 20, 2009
Title: Is online learning easier? (comment)
After having many years of education under my belt I have decided that on-line education is like any type of education, you get out of it what you put into it. The student may work very hard toward the subject at hand and gather as much information as possible or the student may do the bare minimum to get by. The fact that there is so much information out on the Internet means you have the ability to locate a wide array of information; however the student must be leery of the information that is out online as verify it is from a reputable source. In order for an online course to be practical, especially in assessment, hands on education must be involved. It is important for the Nurse to be able integrate and to use the knowledge that they learned on their own, in a hands on situation where the assessment skills that they have read about come to fruition.

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August 5, 2009
Is online learning easier? (comment)
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.

Original Post
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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Nursing Assessment Meets Technology, comment

August 31, 2009

I currently work in a NICU where we don’t have a simulation lab but I wish we had one!!!! In my undergraduate nursing program, we used a sim lab and it was amazing!! You can actually feel the pressure and anxiety during a mock code which helps you to anticipate for a real code situation. When doing a mock code on a regular manikin it’s just not as intense to me… sometimes it seems like a goofing off situation. In my NICU, we do mock codes and ACLS scenarios on different sized infant/pediatric manikins (preemie to full term to pediatric) that only have the ability to inflate/deflate the lungs and practice cardiac compressions. Although we have an excellent team that calls out specific details of the code ie: heart rate is…, respiratory effort is…, color is…, and etc. there is nothing like the simulator manikin!! Enjoy the sim lab at your institution!!!

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August 20, 2009
Title: Nursing Assessment Meets Technology – Nursing Education, comment
I too work in a hospital with the "SIM" man, as he (the manikin) is known to us. This is a wonderful tool for everyone that comes in contact with patients. As an ICU nurse it is valuable to hone our skills and be able to react to the emergency at hand by using our nursing assessments and education. Shortly after using the SIM man during our mock code, I had to run a true code in which the MD was not available, she was at a another Code in the hospital. When I arrived to the code the pt was unresponsive still had a qrs complex on the monitor. I checked a pulse and it was absent, PEA. This simple and basic assessment was not previously done by the primary RN(disturbing I know.) However my code team mate and I began work immediately on the pt. Having the technology to train on, the nursing education and assessment skills allowed the team to complete the code and successfully resuscitate the patient. The MD was able to finally show up and thanked us for being able to use our nursing skills and quick reactions.

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July 30, 2009
Title: Nursing Assessment Meets Technology – Nursing Education, comment
I work at an institution that received a federal grant to start up a simulation lab. This lab has three manikins that are very lifelike. One is an obstetric manikin and can simulate vaginal births. One is pediatric. The last manikin is an adult and we have sent over 1000 nurses thru this lab this year. We do ACLS scenarios and mock Code Blue. The program can be written to do anything. You can hear the lung fields and heart. When you feel the pedal area, you can even feel a pedal pulse. It is an awesome way to train students and new graduates as well as the experienced nurses. I am impressed that your institution was able to obtain a federal grant in this day and time of economic hardship to establish an innovative simulation lab. This technology is truly awesome in that it gives students who come into the nursing field having no idea about basic assessment skills, which have never experienced actually hearing a real heartbeat, or breathe sounds let alone participate in an actual code blue situation. This lab will allow the students to establish some level of comfort prior to entering the clinical area for their first encounter with real patients. Although I am sure this technology is as close to simulating a real patient as possible remembrance of those first day jitters in the clinical area is something that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Original Post:
June 4, 2009
Title: Nursing Assessment Meets Technology
I work at an institution that received a federal grant to start up a simulation lab. This lab has three manikins that are very lifelike. One is an obstetric manikin and can simulate vaginal births. One is pediatric. The last manikin is an adult and we have sent over 1000 nurses thru this lab this year. We do ACLS scenarios and mock Code Blue. The program can be written to do anything. You can hear the lung fields and heart. When you feel the pedal area, you can even feel a pedal pulse. It is an awesome way to train students and new graduates as well as the experienced nurses.

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