QR Codes and Augmented Reality: What Are They and How Can I Use Them in the Nursing Classroom?

By: Alaina Herrington and Cedar Wang Smartphones have become an unavoidable extension of our educational toolkit. We snap photos of everything. So how do we embrace the usefulness of this emerging technology and capture the attention of the digital natives in our classrooms and simulation labs? The use of QR (quick response) codes and augmented reality applications provides a new

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Mentoring Each Other: The Faculty Journey In Simulation-Based Education

By: Sabrina Koh Faculty development and education leadership are areas that require focus and continuous growth. In Asia, where simulation-based education (SBE) is emerging as a subspecialty in nursing education, it is often assumed that faculty have the ability to facilitate simulations as content experts, and institutions and administrators see no urgent need for faculty development. It is assumed that

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What’s in a Name? Developing a Sustainable Alliance/Consortium for Safe, Competent Practice: Part 1

By: Sabrina Beroz and Beth Hallmark Alliances and consortiums are popping up frequently to the bridge needs of growing simulation networks; Arizona, California, Florida,….What do they all have in common and what are their differences. You might hear these words used interchangeably. Let’s begin with the definition of an alliance; “an association to further the common interests of the members”

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Everything you need to know about technology, students are now learning in grade school

By: Jone Tiffany Technology touches every part of our lives, our communities, and our homes. Yet much of higher education lags behind when it comes to integrating technology into learning activities. Many colleges and universities are just beginning to explore its true potential for teaching and learning. Correctly used, technology can help nursing students acquire the skills needed to survive

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Transforming an Excellent Face-To-Face Program into an Exemplary Hybrid Course

By: Sabrina Beroz WHAT? I have to transform a simulation education program from three days of face-to-face to a hybrid course. How do I change a highly interactive classroom into an engaging online presence? Well, that is my challenge. I am venturing out of the classroom into the virtual world to transform an excellent face-to-face program into an exemplary hybrid

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Curriculum Alignment: The Why, The What, The How

By: Tonya Schneidereith and Sabrina Beroz Historically, nursing education has included clinical rotations where students care for patients in the clinical setting. This gives students an opportunity to apply theory, to develop critical thinking skills, and to deepen learning. However, clinical experiences are fraught with empty downtime and missed opportunities, meaning that the hours spent in the clinical setting learning

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Virtual Simulation and Electronic Medical Records: Can We Work Smarter, Not Harder? Lessons Learned

By: Beth Hallmark The IOM has challenged health care to examine systems and human factors that impact the safety and well-being of our patients. Informatics is one way nurses and caregivers can work together more effectively to bridge gaps in communication and achieve better patient outcomes. Nursing education organizations, including the NLN and ANA, and initiatives such as TIGER and

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