Learning to Unlearn

Learn-Unlearn-Relearn To move into new domains of learning and knowledge there is a need for revolutionary thinking to be confident enough to rise to the challenge of moving into the unknown. Education from school to university and then into workplace, is normally planned and structured around a developmental trajectory as a persons skills, knowledge and…

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Mix It Up Book Club: The Classics

Inspiration and thought can come from an array of sources. I have recently tried to make a focused effort on adjusting the balance of healthcare and normal reading material that I read, incorporating the classics onto my ‘to do’ reading list. This approach is part of that work/life balance ethos that can become skewed when all…

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Health Target Measures & Education

“When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure” – Marilyn Strathern. Nurse education is not only about the theoretical aspects of education and translational learning, but is measured by clinical outcomes, benchmarking, quality care and subsequent targets to achieve. Education can be difficult to measure, grades are the common method, but…

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Healthcare Access For All

In the current climate of privatisation of healthcare systems, it’s good to remember some of the positive aspects of ‘health access for all’ approaches. It’s possible that in the future, this model of care will no longer exist, hopefully not. So let us remember the philosophy of the NHS, welfare state and Nye Bevan. As…

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Want Your Graduates to Succeed? Teach Them to Think!

Journal Club Article: Caputi, L. J., & Kavanagh, J. M. (2018). Want Your Graduates to Succeed? Teach Them to Think!. Nursing education perspectives, 39(1), 2-3. [abstract] Thinkers and Knowledge Workers This guest editorial discusses the importance and need for the preparation of new graduate nurses for the complex demands of professional practice they are about to enter. The…

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Outliers: The Story of Success (Book Club)  

Book Club: Gladwell, M. (2008). Outliers: The Story of Success. Hachette UK. [sample here] It’s More Than Just Talent Outliers are “people who are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot” (Gladwell, 2008). Contributors To…

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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…

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The Underbelly of Research: Delving Deeper

There is a murky side to publication that can really push the boundaries of ethics and the integrity of how we may portray research and evidence based practice. As nurses we are trained to critique an article and question the quality, merits and transferability of the result findings. Now if you think your skilled at critiquing…

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Dunning-Kruger Effect

Journal Club Article: Kruger, J., & Dunning, D. (1999). Unskilled and unaware of it: how difficulties in recognizing one’s own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments. Journal of personality and social psychology, 77(6), 1121. Dunning-Kruger effect “In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein persons of low ability suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their cognitive ability as greater than it…

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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.             What Is…

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