In this presentation we will share the artifacts created in a graduate course designed to prepare nurse educators to work in both academic and clinical environments. Nursing education must become responsive to the dynamic, technology rich healthcare environment. Incorporating electronic health records (EHR) and human patient simulators (HPS) into nursing education provide a harm-free milieu for students to develop clinical judgment by interacting with patients, interdisciplinary teams, and family members. The nursing department had several HPS but did not have access to EHR software, an integral piece of the simulation experience. Incorporating Cerner’s Academic Education Solution (AES) with existing HPS was the focal point of the projects we intend to share during this presentation.
At Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), preparing new educators to teach from an informatics perspective began with a core curriculum that included a nursing informatics course. Advanced Teaching Methods built on best practices and evidence-based teaching methods and integrated concepts from the informatics course. The course assignments focused on the implementation of technology infused teaching methods including social media, instructional software, HPS, and EHR. Our work culminated with the development of a “conceptual web-based course” that integrated Cerner AES. We used six different technological approaches to create course content related to the use of the AES including: 1) Voice-over PowerPoint presentations; 2) Screencorder video tutorials; 3) Blog; 4) Podcasts; 5) Case study records in the AES; 6) YouTube videos.
The goals of both the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) may be better met through the integration of HPS with the EHR in simulations throughout nursing education and practice. Encouraging people to embrace change, specifically change brought forth through the introduction of technology, can be frustrating. Therefore, it is imperative that future nurse educators value informatics and are able to utilize various methods to teach nurses to effectively interface with data in clinical settings and transform data to support clinical decision-making.
- High Fidelity Patient Simulators,
- Electronic Health Records,
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/carol_sternberger/12/