Sunday, July 27, 2014

The birth of Nightingale Isle II

I would like to announce the birth of Nightingale Isle II.  Bethel University Nursing dept has begun using the space for both the degree completion program and the traditional baccalaureate nursing program. This fall we will be using the Public Health scenarios for both programs.

The new island will hold space for the new Nurse Midwifery program, some more disaster simulations some neighborhoods and a jail. Our builder will begin working on the new space next month. I look forward to writing some new scenarios and seeing how the students learn in the virtual environment.

                                  Zelda standing in the middle of Nightingale Isle II to the south

     Nightingale Isle II to the north and where it connects with Nightingale Isle.The Midwife area will be on          this part of the island so they can use the hospital if they need it.

A year of Public Health Clinical

Wow........where has the time gone? It has been awhile since I posted. I had an administrative job this year and am finally finishing it up. So.........time to post again.

This month marks one year of the Public Health degree completion nursing program clinical replacement activities. We began using Virtual Reality Simulations last June and have learned a lot over this year. We are busy reviewing the data from the 6 cohorts that used the Virtual Reality Simulation clinical replacements this year. We will be making a few changes as we move forward with new cohorts in October.

We will expand the vignettes so the faculty can choose from five different Virtual Reality Simulations instead of only three.  We will also be collecting some data for a research study.  More to come.

           Here is a picture of one of the students who is checking out the Public Health Care Conference

It is so much fun bringing out the new students. They do a great job of figuring out how to fly and move about.

The first night of class. the students made their avatars and are getting a tour of the Public Health Clinic. One student ended up as a mouse and needed help turning back into a human being. :)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Herding Cats!

We are just beginning the second round of NURS404 students in the Public Health Clinic. There are a total of three separate virtual reality simulation experiences: five family health scenarios, one plane crash disaster and one safety house. There are three different cohorts out here at one time for a total of 62 students. The orientation was crazy but most students caught on quickly. The first round was this summer and included 15 students.

                             Here are the Wednesday Night's Group orienting to the Public Health Clinic

                            Zelda to the rescue - hanging out awaiting students with questions.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Virtual Poster Presentation at the Bethel University Nursing Research and Practice Symposium

For the first time this year, two groups of senior nursing students presented their posters virtually via Second Life on Nightingale Isle. The students signed on to Second Life from the simulation debriefing rooms. There were computers set up in the gym along with the regular posters.  The poster judges donned headsets and interacted with the student avatars. It was a great experience for the students and a new experience for the judges. The keynote for the night, Brian Kaihoi (AKA Svea Morane) webmaster from the Mayo Clinic, watched the process and enjoyed the interactions with the students.  Overall, it was a great experience, and ended up being much cheaper than printing the posters.  

Sunday, May 26, 2013

National League for Nursing Immersive Sessions

Jane and I have been invited to present our work on Nightingale Isle at the National League for Nursing (NLN) Immersive Sessions in Chicago on June 4th.  We are busy getting prepared for the three-hour session, including running the NLN ACES Henry and Ertha scenario. Here are some pictures from the preparation. Oura, our builder has really been helping us to set up functional spaces for nursing education. More to come! 

South Street Public Health Clinic

The new South Street Public Health Clinic is now open. The BSN degree completion program was in need of some alternate clinical experiences, so we designed some clinical activities to take place on Nightingale Isle. The first part is comprised of five family health simulation scenarios

                       Zelda hard at work at the new Public Health Clinic 

                                     The Public Health Clinic Lobby Area 
        This area of the clinic has four different simulation rooms            

This room is the teen clinic where there is a patient who is 17-years-old and 5 months pregnant. 

This is a picture of the multidisciplinary team meeting. They are meeting about 8 -year-old Elsie who has just been diagnosed with autism. The team meeting includes the parents, social worker, teacher, therapist and school nurse

 This scenario is about a woman who is 6 weeks Postpartum. 
Her husband is out of work and she is exhibiting signs of Postpartum   depression
 This is a scenario with a single mom of three who comes to the clinic after her 5-year-old son was diagnosed with diabetes. Her "uncle" brought her. He sleeps on her couch and is an alcoholic 

This scenario involves a single mom who is applying for WIC clinic. 

South Street clinic update

Wow~ where has the time gone? That is what happens when the semester begins with a bang and keeps going at mach speed. There has been a lot going on out in Nightingale Isle in the past couple months.  We completed the first round of the clinical reasoning assignment - moving 83 students through South Side Clinic between February 15th and May 5th. Each of the students "took care" of four different patients, all who had diabetes plus at least one other health issue. In addition, all the "patients" had one mental health issue. One of the patients was a "bot" that was programmed to answer specific questions, two patients were visited through the Second Life notecard system, and the last one, Emma, an elderly woman, had heart failure and anxiety in addition to her diabetes. The results of the research project will be compiled this summer. Overall, most of the students found it to be a good learning experience. This summer we will review the results and make changes for next year.