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Teaching Strategies Commonly Used by a Nurse Informaticist Q&A

Q: As a nurse informaticist what teaching strategies and instructional technologies would you use to implement a new learning scenario? Describe the scenario and how you could incorporate the strategies and technologies into your blog.

A: Role play and simulations are teaching strategy usually after other teaching strategy such as lecture, because role playing and simulation activities required previous knowledge and understanding of the practices going to present. Students required to obtained some knowledge and skills prior to role playing, observe and make understand of what is going to happen, use critical thinking skills in decision making within simulations. “Role play and simulation allow us to experience new situations within the inherent risk that reality would hold” (Moyer and Wittmann-Price, 2008, p. 205). Therefore, as a nurse informaticist, I would use simulation to implement a new learning scenario. For example, in my work place, I usually responsible for training new workers on the field and documentation. Other than environment created by teacher, in the home health setting, it is real life practice when we are training on the field. We explained, instructed what we are going to do with the patient based on MD order, patient’s past health history, and nursing assessment. In the field, we as trainer, observed trainee readiness in real life scenario, engaged only when necessary for correction and necessary re-education. After that, we would start our training on electronic documentation. We would based on patient visit and nursing assessment findings, trainee would provided documentation portal with assist from trainer. Trainee’s documentation would be review and feedback would be provided from trainer, and trainee may make correction as needed. Although it is differ from simulation scenario which was commonly used, I found that simulation used in nursing practices, as well as new technology training, can promote knowledge, skills, and more importantly, confidence within learners.


Moyer, B. A., & Wittmann-Price, R. A. (2008). Nursing education: Foundations for practice excellence. F.A. Davis Company. Retrieved from EBSCOhost

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