Checklists: Human Factors in Healthcare

For educators creating clinical resources such as guidelines or policies it can be a very difficult process keeping a balance between learning, adherence, content overload prevention, safety aspects, evidence based practice content, numerous hand hygiene reminders and incorporating interdisciplinary input into the document. What may have intended to be a practical ‘how to guide’ is…

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Mentorship & Mastermind Groups: Peer Support Networks

Building a network of support through mentorship, peer networking and engaging in mastermind groups as a community of practice are essential for growth and development. Mastermind groups can provide honest feedback, help refine ideas, and share insights. For nurse educators this mastermind group could be a way for like minded individuals to connect and create…

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The Learning Conversation: Feedback Approach

Journal Club Article: Norris, E. M., & Bullock, I. (2017). A ‘Learning conversation’ as a style of feedback. MedEdPublish, 6. Keywords: Authentic Feedback; Critical Inquiry; Active Listening; Facilitation: Reflection-in-action. Aim of the learning conversation: is to provide a style of feedback may useful in many other contexts to provide authentic feedback. “The central aim of a learning…

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Virtual Communities of Practice (vCoP)

Physical isolation need not be the end of partaking in shared human endeavour. Technology platforms, including social media can provide learning and sharing in a social process through online communities of practice, also known as vCoP’s. This socio-cultural perspective of learning moves online with the same working method and purpose of shared interest through .…

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Case Study Teaching

From Harvard Business School on the power of the case study. Resource: Harvard Business School. Teaching by the case method: case method in practice. Transferred into Healthcare Setting: As nurse educators creating an engaging approach to delivering an education session (replacing one of those didactic lectures) the case study can provide realism, engagement, discussion, decision…

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Effective Feedback Process

Journal Club Article: Hardavella, G., Aamli-Gaagnat, A., Saad, N., Rousalova, I., & Sreter, K. B. (2017). How to give and receive feedback effectively. Breathe, 13(4), 327-333. Feedback Types informal formal formative summative Feedback Importance “it seems that learners value feedback more when it is given by someone they respect as a role model. Appropriate feedback contributes significantly…

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Journal Club: The Inevitable Reimagining of Medical Education

Reference: Emanuel EJ. The Inevitable Reimagining of Medical Education. JAMA. Published online February 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.1227 The End of Preclinical Classroom Instruction Move to online training Introduction of standardised tests Competency-based assessments Reduction of in-person lectures Online approach offers flexibility Offer a series of short—about 6 to 15 minutes—video sessions, each covering 1 or 2 major points…

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Education & Productivity Technologies

In this critical time for healthcare we need to work smart and use time wisely. Here are some amazing resources to consider from the ALiEM team on education technologies: Real-time Video-Conferencing (for synchronous teaching and learning) Live from the Recording Studio (or “How to record your videos and push to your learners”) Small-Group Conversations Digital Asynchronous Chats…

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Team of Teams New Model of Critical Care Nursing Structure

Critical care is recognised as a speciality in healthcare that is resource and workforce heavy, and that staffing and working conditions have been key nursing organisation challenges across the world (Williams, Schmollgruber & Alberto, 2006). The dynamic challenges that critical care is facing due to COVID-19 will place greater strain on nursing resources and may…

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Journal Club: Online Formative Assessment

Article: Gikandi, Morrow, & Davis. (2011). Online formative assessment in higher education: A review of the literature. Computers & Education, 57(4), 2333-2351. As an educator in higher education or hospital setting it is likely part, some or all of your education will be delivered via online or blended learning approach. An essential component of education…

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