When Sophia George-Dalmida two decades ago she studied at a school of nurses, all her training took place in person.
Christine E. Lynn, dean and professor at the College of Nursing at the Atlantic University of Florida in Boca Raton, is currently leading a completely different curriculum: one that is more like a hybrid model in person online, thanks in part to a pandemic that has accelerated online learning and development. new technologies in general.
These maritime changes come with their benefits and their challenges, says George Dalmida.
“I think online education works best when it’s a mix of innovation and the appropriate use of technology, and of course interactive teaching methods that engage our medical staff and really get to the meat and potatoes that our students need.” she explains.
Some current and future approaches in the virtual curriculum include:
- Online learning management platforms such as Blackboard and Canvas
- Project-based learning that can be conducted online using technologies such as sessions and virtual boards
- Narrative PowerPoint presentations
- Virtual simulation
- Adaptive technologies
- Artificial intelligence
“We a combination of many opportunities for students to study well and give them an experience that will help them become wonderful future nurses, ”says George-Dalmida.
More fundamentally, online learning platforms need to be well organized to be effective, she notes. Thus, “students have a clear way to navigate information,” explains George-Dalmida. Students should also familiarize themselves with the platform and online tools in advance and ask questions if necessary. In this way, they can devote their time to learning and interacting with content, their classmates and teachers.
And yet personal learning still has its value. “Virtual simulation covers a range of topics that students will need to learn to develop clinical critical thinking skills related to patients,” says George-Dalmida, “and then personal labs give them the opportunity to practice their skills so that once they get into in this clinical, personal setting in the hospital, they feel a little more comfortable working through problem solving and applying their critical thinking. ”
These personal rotations in hospitals and clinics are crucial for students to grow into “caring, compassionate and highly qualified nurses,” she says.
Nurses and teachers who teach them are now in demand. In some ways, online learning has made getting this education more possible, whether one aspires to a bachelor’s degree in nursing or a doctorate.
If someone decides to get an online education to become a nurse, they can expect more flexibility – but that doesn’t mean it’s not hard work yet, George Dalmida suggests.
“I think nursing school in general is very stressful for most students,” she explains. “It’s very scary. And it requires time management and organizational skills in general, whether in person or online. ”