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Oh Yeah! Nurses learning social media as a viable health care communication venue

April 27, 2010

I teach an informatics class to BSN completion students. The class is an intensive 6 week block class that is 3 hours of credit in an online format. In light of this truth, the class is often a frightening prospect upon entry. (Sort of like riding the rock-n-roller coaster at the MGM theme park for the first time).

However, with the rapid changes in both technology and communication some knowledge in social media, appropriateness of website information, and effective writing is critical to nurses. The class emphasizes the clinical information system and the EHR, but in an effort to bring knowledge on general technology and communication, assignments relating to social media and blogging  were born.

My students often cringe at my assignments; to create and maintain a twitter account, attend at least one online chat, procure legitimate followers, and complete all written work for the course in blog format (which means developing their own blog). I have found that this type of work for students is like White Castle burgers… they either love it or hate it, but in the end they all develop an appreciation for it.

Armed with information on communication, social media, valid website interpretation, their own interest in subject area, and a need to practice developing their school work and research for an audience beyond the course faculty and a grade, they work hard to develop legitimate learning through new means of communication. This semester’s class was no different. Below I provide links, with their permission, to some of their greatest works…. their Webliographies and blogs. An effort to put sound information about internet links together in one place. They did a great job!

Congratulations to the NUR 3563 class of SBU for the spring of 2010. You set the bar high for those that will follow. – Multiple Myeloma – Oncology Nursing Society – HPV – Schizophrenia – Macular degeneration – Nursing burnout– Antiaging Lou Gehrig’s Disease – Asthma – Cardiac Dysrhythmias – Exercise and disease prevention – Stroke rehabilitation – CHF – clinical nurse specialist (informatics) – Multiple sclerosis – Pediatric Obesity – Pancreatitis – Emergency Preparedness – Alzheimer’s Disease – L&D – TB – End of Life – MS – GERD

11 Comments leave one →
  1. philbaumann permalink
    April 28, 2010 12:56 am




  2. April 28, 2010 3:54 pm

    This is really neat! Be sure to let your students know that all of the INQRI webinars are available for viewing on our website:

    Link for this Spring’s sessions:

    I think they will especially like Sorrel King’s presentation about her daughter, Josie (“Creating a Culture of Patient Safety, Together”) and the one on communications (“Translating Research into Policy”).

    • April 28, 2010 4:02 pm

      I will and I have listed them in my nursing leadership course as part of our clinical options! They are wonderful webinars. Thank you for all you do at INQRI!

  3. April 28, 2010 4:19 pm

    Wow – thank YOU for promoting us!!!

  4. Donna Petko permalink
    April 28, 2010 4:59 pm

    That’s really GREAT!

    • April 28, 2010 7:35 pm

      Donna – thanks for that comment and the great note at LinkedIn. You keep up the great nursing work on your end and we will keep in touch :)!

  5. Vernon Dutton permalink
    April 28, 2010 11:43 pm

    Hi Terri, took a quick look at all the student blogs and a long look at some of them. Congratulations to the NUR 3563 class of SBU for the spring of 2010, they did a great job. I also learned a lot from following you (NUR3563) and your students. Thanks for letting me participate in the class chat. You are truly a Nurse Educator.
    Thank You, Vernon.

    • April 29, 2010 2:35 am

      Vernon, really I can take no credit. The students did all of this. I am thrilled that their work is useful both to nurses and patients (which is the goal). I was reminded tonight how egocentric blogging can become and I am already narcissistic enough :). I guess I blog to communicate with other great nurses like you out there and get your feedback. Your interaction with my students in chats is more meaningful to them and their professional growth than you will ever know. Thank you friend! GO NURSING!!!

  6. May 22, 2010 10:32 am

    Ok, I so hope to have someone like you as a prof!

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