Using Technology to Focus on Patient Safety
Seton Hall’s Nursing students are combining technology with the University’s mission of servant leadership to provide critical health information and support to local communities. Professor Maureen Byrnes, a certified nurse midwife and College of Nursing faculty member, encourages her students to create projects that use technology to communicate critical healthcare information to the public and patient focus groups and organizations. This provides an avenue for students to work towards becoming servant leaders.
NUTH1001, Group Dynamics, is an entry level class for nursing students that sets the tone for the development of leadership skills. One initiative the class explores and discusses is QSEN Quality and Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN.org). This national organization promotes the education of nursing students on patient safety and healthcare quality. One assignment in this class is to develop a team group project. Using Yola, a free, online authoring application, Indu Sethi, Stephanie Negowetti, Shana Kerr, Patrice Foster and Emily Wanyoike created the Safety First Program website. Students uploaded text, images and videos focusing on the role medical errors play in patient deaths. The Student Nurses Association of the College of Nursing asked the group to present their project at their meeting last semester.
Creating a website for a group project teaches teamwork and good organizational skills. There are a number of free online choices that are similar to web sites, perfect for group projects. When choosing a tool, it is best to look for ones that are hosted by a mature company and consistently backup the data. These include:
• Weebly - http://www.weebly.com
• Live Binders - http://www.livebinders.com
• Google Sites - http://www.google.com/sites
To find out more about this project, please contact Professor Maureen Byrnes at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 761-9306.
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