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Delivering education to RNs across the Waikato – a new insight into reaching health professional communities for ongoing clinical education


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Building on the increased use of video communication technology (VCT) in health care, this paper looks at the response and efficacy of using VCT across a region to cross continuum groups of nurses.
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The advantages of VCT for education has been recognised as a highly flexible instrument to reach students across a variety of locations, while being adaptive enough to address a wide range of learning modes. There is considerable potential for reducing equity issues by ensuring access to education, consistency of care provision, and increased knowledge and understanding between care and social support providers
The Nursing and Midwifery Professional Development Unit (PDU) at the Waikato District Health Board (WDHB) delivered a 2-day workshop via VCT in August 2016 for registered nurses (RNs) working across the Waikato region. In collaboration with the Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC) nursing department the expectations from the participating nurses and their responses after the workshop were collected and evaluated.
The main broadcasting centre was established at Waikato Hospital Wairoa building, linking to five hubs in DHB facilities around the district. Each hub had a nurse educator acting as a facilitator to provide onsite guidance and to interactive group activities. Presentations and discussions were viewed and engaged with in real-time by all participating RNs.
The data gathered encompasses the responses from the participating RNs to the mode of delivery, the content of the workshop, and the connection with the wider nursing community in their areas. The paper presented will also show, the advantages of engaging staff from a variety of clinical settings, and from a facilitating perspective, how future planning of similar educational sessions could be moderated after this experience.

Item Type: Paper presented at a conference, workshop or other event, and published in the proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: RN clinical education, video communication technology (VCT)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
R Medicine > RT Nursing
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
Depositing User: Maria Te Huia
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2017 19:57
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 04:47

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