One thing that is blatantly obvious as I read back through many of the comments here, and particularly during my last mini-project The Book of Nurses, is that collectively the readers of this site have an incredible wealth of knowledge, expertise, clinical experience and (even more importantly) enthusiasm across a diverse range of specialties and settings.
I seem to be lucky enough to have tapped into quite a deep repository of professional wisdom amongst us.
I have seen glimpses of some great teachers out there.
We > Me.
So, for some time I have been trying to figure out how to tap into this, and build an environment where some cross-fertilisation of that wisdom might occur.
Mike Cadogan over at Life in the Fast Lane has certainly done some awesome and extensive work around his FOAM (Free Open Access Meducation) platform.
Now I would like to develop something for our own profession. I have some ideas where I would like this all to go, but it might be a big project and I cannot get there without your help.
To test the waters and see if there is any response (and indeed any interest) in this I would like you to indulge me in the following project:
That’s pronounced nurse-e-versity, not nurse-versity.
What I would like to motivate you to do is think of a way to offer up some of your knowledge or ideas or experience to share with us all.
I am asking a little of your time, I know, and a perhaps a bit of work….. but I really want to press you here.
- Send in a University assignment that you have finished with and are just a little bit happy about.
- Send in a copy of a lecture or ward presentation that you gave.
- Details on a quality improvement initiative or trial that you participated in.
- Send in a copy of a particularly useful set of bullet-point notes that you made during a lecture.
- Consider writing a short educational piece on a topic of interest to you.
- Send in an interesting clinically related photo to open a discussion ( I don’t need to tell you to be careful here).
- Give as a case study to consider.
- Write an article or book review.
You get the idea.
You might be a seasoned educator or an undergraduate who has just learned something new. Do not be intimidated or under-enthused.
It does not need to be dryly academic or ruthlessly evidence based, and references are optional.
This is free-form.
I am asking you all to throw it into the mix.
Any educational or discussion-stimulating material.
Any medium (pdf, word docs, PowerPoint, video, links, interpretative dance presentations, anything).
This is not an academic university, this is a Nurseversity, where everyone’s contribution is valued.
Each contribution will get its own post and some brief details about the author (if they provide them).
Readers are highly encouraged to peer review, comment, correct and build on anything offered …but will be asked to do so in a supportive, respectful and communal way.
Finally, I would ask that if you do not have the time or inclination to be a contributor, that you might support this project by spreading each Nurseversity post on your own social media streams, tea-room posts or word of mouth to encourage participation in the feedback or future contributions.
Send your contributions (and a short bio) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject line include: “Nurseversity contribution”.
Thank-you in advance.
I do not know what will happen here.
Let the learning commence…….