Virtual reality education and medical terminolgy

As nursing faculty, we want to engage our students to explore and participate in ways that suit their individual learning styles and needs. The use of various emerging technologies such as virtual reality virtural realityand high- fidelity simulation has been proven to be an effective way in teaching and learning in nursing.

 

 

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The School of Nursing at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, has been incorporating these learning technologies for many years now. Check out our simulation centre.

These tools attempt to imitate clinical environments and facilitate realistic experiences. For example, clinical scenarios can be developed electronically or in high-fidelity simulation labs and be delivered to students offering a safe environment to practice important skills like making clinical decisions, information retrieval, and assessment and diagnostic reasoning. The intent is to increase their level of confidence. make for a safe learning environment and grow their clinical judgment and decision making  for safe competent practice in future.

Stephanie and I have discussed the benefits and drawbacks to virtual reality education within nursing on many different occasions. While reading her blog post from EC&I 833 class on virtual reality, it echoed some of my concerns with this means to educate. It makes me wonder if the benefits would outweigh the drawbacks? Do you lose the “Human Connection” ? More over, what if students don’t have access to devices or the financial means to purchase the programs? Would this be mandatory for the nursing education program or optional?Image result for benefit and drawback

However, technologies such as virtual reality can play an important role in teaching clinical skills to the next generation of nurses – and without causing harm to their patients.

Getting to my point….How does this fit with our group’s medical terminology course prototype that I mentioned last week in my blog

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I feel virtual reality education could play an important role to better understanding medical terminology for nursing students. Nurses need to understand this language to be able to communicate and understand critical aspect to their job on a daily basis. If there is not a clear understanding of the terminology, there are risks for potentially life threatening consequences to happen.

Medical terminology can be hard to learn, no fun and rather boring.

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What if virtual reality education could transform this? Nurses need to be able to communicate inter-professionally with confidence. Virtual reality could assist by allowing students the time to practice this in a safe, non stressful environment – with immediate feedback. Twana’s blog post video was a great example of how students struggle with pronunciation of these terms. Incorrect pronunciation is a fear that many nurses and nursing students have when communicating in and among professionals. Virtual reality education would allow for hands on practice.

I would love to say that we will be able to build some form of virtual reality tool into our course prototype, but I can not see this happening in the short amount of time we have. However, I do see value in virtual reality education for medical terminology education. 

As for our course prototype we have decided to use moodle as our platform (I know, I know, painful right?). Being that I am an nurse education within the SCBScN program which collaborates with the University of Reginawe use URcourses (Moodle platform). Due to the nature of the courses I primarily teach in now, I have not had to do much work on URcourses directly. Therefore, this was a great opportunity to learn more about Moodle before I have to take on more URcourse coordination responsibly in my very near future.

I look forward to digging deeper into the course prototype development and the Moodle platform with my partners in crime – Stephanie and Twana.

Group meeting scheduled for Friday, February 3, 2017.

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“itis” of the WHAT? Come again?

Guess who’s back?

Melinda’s back! Back again! Back for the second class of #ECI834. I must confess, I was also a parking lot dropout with Twana last semester for ECI 833. I didn’t drop the class because it seemed too hard or that the content was way over my head. OK, just a little over my head. However, I dropped it because I knew I would want to try and learn it all and take it all in. The thought of taking two classes and having a work, grad student, and life balance, would be next to impossible to actually obtain. So parking lot dropout I was.

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In this week’s blog post I would like to introduce and discuss my online and blended course prototype development assignment for my #ECI834 class. Stephanie, Twana and I will be working on this project together as we all work within the school of nursing with Saskatchewan Polytechnic. While the three of us were discussing this assignment we wanted to pick a topic that not only was interesting for us but also something that could be brought back to aid students and the nursing program overall. As we were brainstorming for topics in nursing, we discussed how students always struggle with medical terminology.

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What is medical terminology? Every profession has its jargon, a specialized language that allows for quick and efficient communication between members of the same profession while attempting to minimize misunderstandings. It is in everyone’s interest to be an insider when it comes to medical terminology Being familiar with medical words makes your visit to the doctor less intimidating and, more importantly, enables you to make clearer decisions about your health along side your doctor.

Medical terminology is a specialized language used by health care practitioners including nursing. Just like a foreign language, it has its own vocabulary and ways of stringing together words in an understandable matter for everyone format. But, unlike a foreign language, you come across medical terminology every day in magazines and newspapers with articles about new drugs, diets, new medical treatments and on television shows like Grey’s Anatomy.

As you can tell from this short YouTube video, that medical terminology would be hard to understand and verbalize without some type of training and understanding. This is why we have decided to do our assignment on medical terminology for nursing students.

We are yet to finalize if our prototype development assignment will be an online and/or blended course. We are in the early stages of developing this medical terminology
course and hope to gain more knowledge about online and blended courses to aid in our decision moving forward.

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If anyone has any thoughts on online versus blended learning for a medical terminology course from their perspective, we would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

Introduction and goals for EC&I 834

My name is Melinda Pelletier and this is my first EC&I Technology class with Alec or Katia. I am a registered nurse (RN) and instructor with Saskatchewan Polytechnic in the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (SCBScN) since 2015.  Prior to my career change in 2015 the majority of my time as a RN has been in an acute care setting at the General hospital (RGH).  I still work casual on the Cardiac Surveillance unit at the RGH. I love being a nurse and now nursing educator. This will be my fifth class towards my master’s degree.

In my spare time (what spare time?), I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Also, “creeping” Facebook and playing ladies softball. My two and a half year old daughter is my pride and joy!

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As you can tell I’m a beginner to the technology world. Well I guess not “new” completely new. It’s not like I don’t have a cellphone and still use dial up internet. But I have never found myself to be tech savvy.  Oh wait a minute, I use Facebook a lot does that count?

Technology and online learning has always scared me away from ever taking an online class now and in my undergrad classes. But here I am. Wish me luck!

Some Goals for myself this semester:

  1. Get a better feel for what online teaching and learning looks like.
  2. Use twitter once a day (in some shape or form)
  3. Get new ideas from other students in the class. (After the first class I can tell this will not be an issue).
  4. Learn about new tools that could be used in the classroom or online teaching

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I am almost shocked that I was able to make it this far and be able to successfully post my first blog. Maybe I shouldn’t count my chickens before they hatch because who knows what can go wrong between now (me writing this) and it actually being posted to where it supposed to be.

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