What Nurses Do?

This short overview of ‘what nurses do‘ by Prof. Jennifer Jackson is a nice reminder in the current healthcare climate where nursing roles can be seen in a reductionist ‘task’ view and not seeing the complexity of how important nursing is within the healthcare system. Is nursing always represented at the highest level of healthcare…

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The Metaverse: Higher Education

This post by The Conversation provides an insight into the potential future of education and immersive learning in the virtual reality world. An interesting aspect of this approach is how monitisation of education may also change in the future. Article: Preston, J. (2021). Facebook, the Metaverse and the Monetisation of Higher Education. The Conversation.  By…

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Resilience in Nursing

This is a complex topic, but the purpose of this post is to raise awareness and discussion around healthcare focusing solely on healthcare professionals as the problem and they need to build resilience, rather than looking at the system itself and the working environment and structure in place. This journal club article provides a starting…

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We Need Silence in the Noise of a Pandemic

Take a few minutes to read this article around the noise surrounding the pandemic by an ICU consultant. Journal Club Article: Orford, N. (2022). We need silence in the noise of a pandemic. Insight Plus.

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Project Premortem

This approach utilises a what might go wrong approach to project design and brainstorming potential hurdles. “A premortem in a business setting comes at the beginning of a project rather than the end, so that the project can be improved rather than autopsied.” Resource: Performing a Project Premortem

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Challenges of Evaluation in Digital Education

Journal Club Article: Cook, D. A., & Ellaway, R. H. (2015). Evaluating technology-enhanced learning: a comprehensive framework. Medical Teacher, 37(10), 961-970. Aim: To outline a comprehensive framework for Technology Enhanced Learning evaluation, which is the process of judging the value of education. Rationale: Lack of clear focus of evaluation for difitical technology educational activities, including online learning.…

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Evaluations & Anonymous Feedback

Journal Club Article: Lakeman, R., Coutts, R., Hutchinson, M., Lee, M., Massey, D., Nasrawi, D., & Fielden, J. (2021). Appearance, insults, allegations, blame and threats: an analysis of anonymous non-constructive student evaluation of teaching in Australia. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 1-14. This paper demonstrates a worrying ‘hate speech’ that may pervade into evaluations that…

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Yearly Summary Stats (2021)

As part of open access and transparency, here is a performance summary of our blog. The blog remains a free open access resource for anyone interested in nursing education theory. Last years big challenge was finding time to write posts around full time shift work (50:50 split 12 hr day-night shifts), studying for PhD and…

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Emotional Agility

 This post by Dr. Susan David (Psychologist, Harvard Medical School, TED Speaker & Author) started off with “Emotional skills aren’t soft, they are essential” is a reminder for recognising the importance of human and organisation skills that can be forgotton in a reductionist view of work. Think of nursing as just a set of tasks…

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