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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Nursing Informatics...

Well, I have survived my first semester in graduate school!!! Yay! While the nerd in me has enjoyed every excruciating minute of it, the human part of me is pooped, sucked dry, devoid of any remaining creativity. Well, maybe not quite....

I have started a nursing wiki. What about that? Every time I think I have accomplished the last computer initiative possible for me, I find another creative avenue to pursue. This was completed as an assistive device for the nursing informatics class I am developing in my curriculum development class.  I wanted to utilize the Internet for this class to involve the medium we will be studying. Then I decided it could be used for my current clinical students as well. As alluded to in the humorous picture above, informatics will be increasingly important in the years ahead. Who knows what the future will bring.

I mention this here to offer this creative activity to other aspiring BSN students or MSN graduate students. I watched a video on You Tube where a professor discussed his use of the medium. I read about different free wikis and decided on Wetpaint. This provides a place where I can post class notes, background information, videos, and PowerPoints. I have been very impressed with the ease of the overall process.

While some wikis can be altered by others, I have mine restricted so that only I can change notes. It will be interesting to watch the progress of this site and to 'play' with it as well.

If you are interested in wikis and/or how to use them, I have videos in my wiki called Nursing Class from You Tube about them. These are located in video collection one. Feel free to visit the wiki if you so desire at: