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. :)