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What does the term ePatient mean to you?

Recently I was reading about ePatients. To those unfamiliar with the cultural meaning and implications of the term the letter “e-” is broadly interpreted. I was curious and asked some of my family what they think the “e-” stands for. Electronic, engaged, enlightened, and other ideas were generated, but most were guesses.  This makes me […]

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Nursing Policies on Social Media

While researching for an article I did a review of nursing organizations’ (Colleges, Associations, Universities, etc) policies on social media. Here is a list of references with links to the policies. If you want to share references on social media join this Mendeley group..       American Nurses Association. (2011). 6 Tips for Nurses. […]

Healthcare Clinical Leadership is Important

Leadership is not just for the board room.

Lately I’ve been listening to a great podcast by Scott Weingart, called the EMCrit Podcast. The show is a great way for physicians, nurses and other health professionals to learn more about high quality emergency medicine. Scott’s goal is “Attempting to Bring Upstairs Care, Downstairs One Podcast at a Time.” This week I came across […]

Changing How We Train Others

Recently I was listening to a great Harvard Business Review podcast interviewing Salman Khan, of the Khan Academy. He said something that really resonated with the way I think and react to meetings and learning. If people are meeting, they don’t need a lecture; if you don’t need them to interact, information should just be in […]

Free online education: Who decides if it is failing?

Staying up to date with research or advancing my understanding of particular topics that were quickly covered in a semester (4 months) is always a challenge. Thankfully, social media is creating a whole new variety of learning options. Massively Open Online Courses – MOOC for short – are one of these new and great options. […]

Speaking at RNAO AGM

While it is only a week away, I’m excited to say I’ve been invited to speak at the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario‘s Annual General Meeting. Specifically I will be to speaking at the Nursing Students of Ontario’s Leadership Luncheon. The focus of the talk will be the future of healthcare. Nursing Ideas: Thoughts on […]

Speaking with students: Talking about the risks and benefits of using digital tools in a social age

  This weekend I had the pleasure of going to the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association 2012 Ontario Regional Conference. I’ve  enjoyed being involved with CNSA since 2007, and was honoured by a Lifetime Membership in 2011. It is always fun going back to these conference because students are full of energy and excitement. In the talk […]

Pasquale Fiore's PDF on teaching health information science

Free resource for teaching health information science

A fantastic nurse, and a new friend, Pasquale Fiore MSc RN. We met virtually, and then in person at the Canadian Nurse’s Association in June 2012. Then after exchanging a few emails he sent me a great resource he had developed to share with a few other faculty who interested in teaching health information science. When […]