Nursing technology fair provides interactive experience for faculty, students

The RIC School of Nursing’s Faculty Technology Interest Group held a technology fair for nursing faculty and students in the Fogarty Life Science Building on May 10 and 11.

Graduate assistant Carol Falcone, left, and Judy Murphy. a VA Nursing Academy faculty member, work on a computer at a technology fair station.
The fair showcased new equipment and provided attendees with an interactive exercise at each of seven stations. Members of the Technology Interest Group used their expertise to help guide participants at the various stations, according to Fatima Morel-Silva, nursing resource lab coordinator.

“The technology fair is a unique approach to helping all our nursing faculty become familiar with the newest teaching technologies,” said Jane Williams, dean of the School of Nursing.

The stations:
• Hearing Voices. Using headphones, faculty and students undergo the experience of hearing voices, and attempt to complete a cognitive activity while listening to these voices.

• Simulated Electronic Health Record. Using an electronic medication administration record, participants document medications given and provide a signature for documentation.

• Micromedex and ePSS. Faculty access databases and complete activities to explore services available on smart phones or PDAs.

• Health Buddy. This station provides information on how telehealth equipment is used to manage chronic illness in the home and the chance to learn about case management, the nursing side of telehealth.

Debra Servello, RIC assistant professor of nursing, samples the technology at the Hearing Voices station.

• Arcadia. Faculty learn about how camera equipment is used to film simulations and how the video footage is used to debrief students and optimize learning from experience.

• SimBaby Software. Faculty use software to make SimBaby have tremors, change color, and have trouble breathing. They also learn how to check off the assessments that students complete and how the information is logged into the software for evaluation and debriefing.

• Advanced Life Support Simulator. This station offers an opportunity to learn how to change vital signs, lung sounds, heart sounds, bowel sounds and heart rhythms. Creating a story to go along with the changes in vital signs is an easy way for novices to integrate simulation.