The Normalization of Deviance in Healthcare Delivery

Journal Club Review Article:  Banja, J. (2010). The normalization of deviance in healthcare delivery. Business Horizons, 53(2), 139.            Background “The failure of health professionals to comply with standards, rules, or regulations is a fundamental cause of such breaches.” When violations of practice standards are intentional, this can become the norm within a group of professionals or…

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Eportfolios in nursing

Portfolio approach: Eportfolios Knowles (1975) assumptions of adult learners being self-directed, self-motivated, readiness to learn and having rich past experience are the basis for the framework of portfolio development and a reflective approach to learning. Joyce (2005) emphasises the development opportunities of a portfolio as the student takes charge of their learning. In nursing, a…

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Social Media: Where are the nurse leaders?

“Unfortunately, many nurse leaders, with years of experience in this multifaceted profession, have yet to join the conversation on social media. Therefore, the conversation is often led by novices in the field, simply because leaders are absent” (Carroll & Bruno, 2016). As social media continues to change the face of healthcare, the necessity to understand…

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Flipped Classroom

A reversal of the traditional lecture then do homework approach. ‘Flipping’ allows a change in the teaching approach and levels of engagement.  In the flipped classroom the reading is completed before attending an interactive session (instead of a potentially passive lecture). The pre-reading covers the content that was previously delivered in the lecture format. This…

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Learning: Paper or E-books?

What are the differences for reading and learning from e-books versus paper and traditional books? Online or E-Book Pro’s: Uses the technology available. Back lit better for older eyes. Ease of accessing resources. Ease of storage and back-up (cloud). Con’s: Skepticism regarding online and digital resources. Computer vision syndrome. Screen related sleeplessness. Multi-tasking or task…

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Virtual Reality For Learning

Levels of fidelity for simulation are part of the development phase for delivering training and education. And virtual reality (VR) has the potential to enable learning in a recreated version of our own environments, deliver high levels of fidelity (realism) and engagement. The technology and access to virtual reality resources is limited at present but…

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Blended Learning

Blended learning combines face to face learning and online learning. The traditional classroom mixed with a technology based approach to learning. The online environment can be synchronous or asynchronous (which can be perfect for the adult learner and in particular the nurse working shifts). High quality online learning environments provide interactions and engagement with knowledge, learning…

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Innovation in Health: The Edge

Change in health can be slow and frustrating, especially as we stand in such a technological advanced era. The governance aspects of individualism matching national health systems and standardisation may often seem worlds apart. The vast number of specialties within health also challenge how to scale online communities to meet everyone’s need. So innovation to…

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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course and are part of the e-learning educational approach. Nurses and nurse educators are likely to have experienced some form of learning management system such as Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle or Desire2Learn in the workplace or higher education setting. Learning management systems range from systems for managing workplace training to…

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QR Codes In The Classroom

I recently came across a group of education developers using Quick Response (QR) codes in a higher education setting, creating an interactive environment. Having never used these in teaching before, I was motivated to look into this further and share my learning experience. So this post is in itself a work in progress as we…

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