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Final week

You made it through the first 5 weeks … One week left!

Thank you for your work these last few weeks. I hope you gained knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will impact you as you continue your career in nursing.  Please review the instructions below as you prepare for the final simulation. Good luck!

Entry will be via the foyer near the Nursing Office to the Simulation Lab. An instructor will let you in. Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes prior. Bring your stethoscope; PDA is optional as a drug guide book is available in the room. You must be dressed in scrubs or lab coat. You will receive a pre-briefing of the room set up and patient report. Your roles will be chosen blindly. The simulation experience during your care will be timed to 15 minutes: clock start after report. At the conclusion of the simulation, you and the instructor will debrief in the classroom. After debriefing the simulation you will exit via the courtyard nearest the classroom

It is critical that you not discuss the simulation scenario, or your performance outside of your final simulation group until after 1:15pm.  Your grade could be at risk if you decide to share or discuss the scenario before that date. This is important for the validity of the scenario for all students.

Email me for any questions

Week 5 Sepsis, Trauma, Peds

Welcome to Week 5! We are coming near the end of our time together. I hope it has been useful and enlightening building further upon your knowledge in patient care. We look forward to this week’s simulation and your demonstrating of progressive learning in simulation. This week has various resources and some involved preparation due to the content we are covering. I hope you find the resources helpful in some specialized care areas. Of course, email if you have any questions or technology hang ups!

Week 4: Insight on Delirium

Click to watch a brief video on research about ICU Delirium: Video is the first one on the page, listed as “Patients and Aging Brain Problems”

For this week’s discussion, you will have to have sent me your URL for your site to have your blogs all connect – if you have not done that, please email me to syndicate you. Step 1: Decide what you want to blog about related to ventilators, sedation, and/or safety. Step 2: +New Post and write what you want – include videos, images, or anything to make it appealing. You can write it like an opinion post or informative. Be creative. Step 3: Categorize to “nursing401” and publish! Step 4: reply to another student’s blog post. Happy blogging!

Week 3 Recording, blogging, and learning!

Great work wrapping up Week 2 ! I am hoping you are sifting through all the reading, simulations, resources and technology to feel successful. You should be recording on VoiceThread, figuring out how to blog, and getting hands-on practice in class. I hope you are finding our simulation and lab time helpful in further developing your knowledge, reflective thinking, and clinical decision making. Hang in there as we hurdle Week 3! You are almost half-way there!  However, if you are feeling like this:


Please email me and tell me your struggles. I try to be available by email on phone when I am away from the computer. If you don’t get an answer in 48 hours, then email me again – in case I missed it. Week 1 discussion grades are posted. Please check it out and if I did not see your post, you may have a zero; if you did it, please recategorize or redirect me to it. Thanks!

I realize I may be stretching you all with this new technology, but for good reason. Check out this blog another faculty member about the reasons for testing you in addition to all the great comments and thoughts you had in Week 1 blog and Week 2 VoiceThread discussions. I am impressed by your thoughts, experiences and discussions going on about Healthcare and Insurance. Many of you used video also – great job! If you still have individual questions about VoiceThread, please email me.

I hope you are enjoying simulation and find it meaningful to your learning. Keep up the good work, and have a great week!


First Day and Tips for Blogging …

Thank you for your contributions today and participation in simulation. I look forward to our coming weeks together. Please email me for any questions. I have posted the VoiceThread I intended to review today below, and in the “VoiceThreads” tab for your course.



I thought I might also share tips for those of you who are interested in doing more with your blogs. There are many other ways you may consider using your blogs beyond this class – updates to family or friends; post ideas and thoughts on topics of interest; or perhaps even make a page (or subdomain) as a resume! Lots of options…

If you are interested in learning more or even just small tips on using wordpress, you have access to multiple videos at through MyCI. Just login, and look for

Screenshot 2015-01-02 21.41.48 has many useful videos on “how to” from the very simple to more complex. Just search WordPress and you will find tutorials. Remember, this is not required, but just information for anyone who is looking to learn more about this topic.


Welcome to Nursing 401

Welcome to Nursing 401! I am excited that you have made it to this site. Explore and see what is available. More content will be available as we move ahead. If you are looking for something and not finding it, please check this site first, then check CI Learn. If you still can’t find what you are looking for email me!

Your first assignment is create your own free webpage (CI Keys). See this video for instructions, BEFORE trying it! Be sure to subscribe to our page so you get announcements by clicking on the subscribe here tab from the home page. If you are stuck, I can help you when we meet as well! Here are additional resources.

In your new blog, I need your webpage URL so I can collectively connect them to our site, enter it here. Your first blog post should be to introduce yourself – by video, text, image, or whatever you are comfortable with.  Tell us about yourself, your nursing experience, school background, family, and/or outside interests. Are you working? Where? If not, where would you like to work? Where do you see your nursing career headed?

TIP #1: When you create your page, there is an initial screen like below:

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In the area that says “Administrator Username” be sure to put your name. This allows you to be identified when you make comments, posts, etc. on the blogs we will syndicate together.

Tip #2: You will use your newly created web page for this course, however, you may want to use it for something entirely different in the future. Therefore, learn to “categorize” your pages or posts. Please categorize all posts or pages as “Nursing401” (no spaces). This way when I syndicate all of your sites together, we only collect what information you have made on your page specific to the course. If you decide to use the site for connecting with others or developing a blog outside of the course, this allows you to do so, without it all dropping into the course. You can categorize your page or post when you first create it. It is an option on the right side of the page, usually third box down listed as “Categories”. The page in “edit” mode or when you are making a new page or post looks like this:

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Lastly, don’t fret! This may be pushing your limits at using technology, but we will try this together and be successful. You will add technology skills to your learning that may be useful in the future!

See you soon! Jaime