Simulation Resources To Follow

Simulation is a key component of nursing and healthcare training, and the knowledge base is continually increasing with research publications, conferences, online and social media resources. To aid knowledge translation, the nurse educator needs to embrace a global network of resources not just confined to local knowledge. To keep current on simulation focused research, here are some resources that may help (no conflict of interest to report). As ever please add any suggestions of other resources you know about in the comments section at the bottom of this post and I will update the below resource list.

This post supplements the recent Journals For The Nurse Educator To Follow  and these journals will also include simulation research.

Simulation Focused Journals

Online & Social Media Resources

Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory

Book Club: Gardner, H. (2011). Frames of mind: The theory of multiple intelligences. Basic books. (review)

Domains of Intelligence


“The theory of multiple intelligences differentiates intelligence into specific ‘modalities’, rather than seeing intelligence as dominated by a single general ability. Gardner opposes the idea of labeling learners to a specific intelligence. Gardner maintains that his theory should “empower learners”, not restrict them to one modality of learning” (Wikipedia, 2017).

Learning Modalities

  • Active learning
  • Hands on
  • Exploration
  • Questionning
  • Transform understanding
  • Individuality in learning
  • Active assessments

Looks Like Learning Styles

A major criticism of the the theory, is that it is very similar to learning styles theory, and both are missing supporting evidence to support such an educational approach. This lack of empirical evidence is summarised by Waterhouse (2006).

The Educator Role

The end point is to empower the learner, and for the teacher to improve learning situations. Different learning intelligence’s may be considered more relevant in the diverse world of real work-life situations, especially when compared to standardised intelligence and validity of IT tests which can be classified as “mainstream” assessments. Is this a theory which is too hard to measure due to the individualistic and non-tangible aspects or simply lacking in hard evidence?

Supporting Resources

Gardner, H. (2011). Frames of mind: The theory of multiple intelligences. Basic books (review).

Harvard Graduate Scool of Education (2017) Project Zero.

Hattie, J. (2011). Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning. New York, NY: Routledge. (summary).

Northern Illinois University (2017). Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.

Nursing Education Network. (2016) Learning Styles.

Waterhouse, L. (2006). Multiple intelligences, the Mozart effect, and emotional intelligence: A critical reviewEducational Psychologist41(4), 207-225.

Wikipedia. (2017). Theory of Multiple Intelligences.



Nursing Skill: Tricks To Learn & Share

One of the benefits of using social media is the learning opportunities and e-communities of practice (eCOP) that it provides. So if you have a great nursing resource then please post in the comment section below, I will then add it into this post and create a YouTube playlist for anyone to access.  I will start off with this top video on how to remove a ring without having to cut it off (the ring, not the finger!).

Ring Removal Technique

The Flail


Please share any of your tips and tricks. I will add the suggested links into this post. Try to keep them clean!!

3D Printing in Healthcare

Innovations and Making a Difference

Printing technologies for building prosthetics, drugs, cells and organs can be an alternative, quicker and cheaper way to develop healthcare into the future. 3D printing can be a disruptive power enabling building at a local level and smaller scale to meet specific needs.

3-D Printed Prosthetic Hand - blue (5229) (18492491235)







What Is 3D Printing and How Does It Work?


Transforming Lives with 3D Printing – Future of Health



Enabling The Future (2017) A Global Network Of Passionate Volunteers Using 3D Printing To Give The World A “Helping Hand.”

Mesko, B. (2017). The Ultimate List of What We Can 3D Print in Medicine And Healthcare! The Medical Futurist.

Open Hand Project (2017) Open Hand Project.

Wikipedia (2017) 3D Printing.

Authentic, Engaging & For The Learning

Authenticity is key, don’t worry too much on making everything beautiful and perfect is the message when creating online resources. Visualisation is important to grab attention, and imagery can portray powerful messages but follow the substance over style to start with. Authenticity can be seen in a range of ways from the delivery, to the content created with the target audience in mind for a personalised approach to education. Yes something more visual may be more eye-catching and engaging but we don’t all have the skills, resources or time to create such masterpieces (slide-ology). Just add this skill as part of your professional development or outsource it to an expert.

Focus on authenticity, engagement, participation, collaboration and learning new skills. Try to forget about worrying about the type of learning management system or password protection in the learning environment. Technology develops so fast that why not go with the free and open technology to prevent wastage of valuable money? It’s an expensive lesson when technology does not meet your training needs, becomes quickly outdated and requires specialist training for staff to understand and engage. Also if the resource was quick and cheap to make, your more likely to update and replace this resource than an expensively created one that you hang onto and over time becomes obsolete. In the real world, consider where you, your colleagues and students are communicating, it’s likely not in a learning management system. In everyday lives we use social media to network (socially and professionally), so why not engage and set some learning tasks in the online domain? Provide support to guide discussion around the topic and maintain confidentially (check your employer and national body social medial compliance rules if your the facilitator).

Learning Networks

Don’t forget using different media and resources can allow greater connection and engagement to a wider community of students, professionals and experts. Become a global citizen, who want’s to work in silo’s anyhow?


Dedicate some reading time from the resource section below, focusing on the potential benefits of how an open pedagogical approach can benefit learning for both student and educator. David Price (OBE) book on education OPEN: How we’ll work, live and learning the future is a fantastic look into the school, higher education and workplace of the future.

Inspiration: Take a look at this bio on Sir Tew from Wikipedia and using open access in education, “The end of throwaway assignments and the beginning of real-world impact for student editors”.

Skills Learnt

  • Digital literacy
  • Collaboration
  • Engagement
  • Creating
  • Authorship



#InternetAsThePlatform, #PersonalLearningNetwork, DigitalLiteracy, #FOANed, #FOAMed


DeRosa, R. (2016) My Open Textbook: Pedagogy and Practice. Actualham.

Blackall, L. (2016) No LMS- an argument for when your institution comes to reviewing their Learning Management System. Leigh Blackall Blogspot.

Price, D. (2013). OPEN: How we’ll work, live and learning the future. Crux Publishing Ltd. [sample here]

University of South Australia. (2013) Resourcing and Materials – Teaching and Learning Languages: A Guide.

Wikiversity (2015) Human Vision and Function.

Make it Visual with Slide-ology

Now I have always been a fan of using imagery to portray the message rather than cramming reams of words onto a PowerPoint slide. My approach to slide-ology (Nancy Duarte) is based on a little bit of education theory mixed with a dose of laziness as I am not the worlds greatest proof reader or checking for formatting issues (see any of my past assignments and feedback comments). One lesson I have learnt is to make sure you add plenty of notes with your slides in case one of your colleagues needs to step in last minute or you move job and you leave some quality resources for the next incumbent. Ones persons imagery and story is a total head scratcher for the next educator.

Some of the resources being created in the #FOANed and #FOAMed communities are of such high quality, the imagery, podcasts and resources are very professional (see some examples below).

Below are some great resources to improve presentations from a visual aspect. Slide-ology skills await:


Dont be a know it all, be a learn it all

Lifelong Learning
Having a growth mindset is essential for individuals and businesses to ensure continually development of abilities. The attitudes and approaches to the paths of success in growth development are varied. The approach of lifelong or life-wide learning appears to be an essential aspect to growth.
By on how successful people learn:
  1. Read a lot.
  2. Practice.
  3. Learn from others’ experience.
  4. Ask for advice.
  5. Keep a student’s mindset.

According to the Delors Report (1999) the four pillars of learning are:

  1. Learning to know
  2. Learning to do
  3. Learning to be
  4. Learning to live together

For those in higher education settings, the lifelong learning approach is excellant for business as it keeps all those adult learners (customers) returning for more.


Allan, P. (2017) Dont be a know it all, be a learn it all.

Bariso, J. (2016) How Successful People Learn: 5 Simple Rules Everyone Should Follow.

Wikipedia (2017) Lifelong Learning.