Digital Innovations in Healthcare and Education

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Evaluating the impact of care experience prior to education and training

Exploring the caring and compassionate skills, values and behaviours of a group of pre-registration nursing students. 

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PACE: 5 year post-qualification follow up of diploma and master’s trained nurses 

We have collected survey data from six cohorts of nurses over the first five years of their careers, with the aim of exploring their career progression, satisfaction and aspirations. 

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Can healthcare assistant training improve the relational care of older people? A development and feasibility study of a complex intervention

Testing whether it’s feasible to deliver and measure the effect of healthcare assistant training in the relational care of older people within acute hospitals in England using a cluster randomised controlled trial. 

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Completed projects

Supporting student understanding of pharmacology through audience response units

This project, led by Dr Joanne Lymn, looked at how audience-response technology can help nursing and allied health professionals on a non-medical prescribing course develop a good understanding of pharmacology. It showed that the technology enhanced the classroom environment, motivated students and promoted learning.

Most students felt that the project aided their understanding of key concepts, helped them identify their learning needs and was useful in promoting integration of concepts. It also helped with exam revision and produced a significant increase in student knowledge of specific pharmacological concepts. 

Using video conferencing and a teaching and learning observatory in nurse education

How can student nurses learn from the perspectives of service users, carers and nurse specialists about the life-changing issues faced by diabetes patients starting insulin for the first time? In this project, researchers set up a Teaching and Learning Observatory – a video link for students to observe the interactions between a specialist nurse and the patient and carer.

At the end of the group session, students were able to ask questions, with the patients, carers and nurse giving an insight into their thoughts, feelings and experiences. The students enjoyed this method of learning and found that their knowledge about the impact of taking insulin had increased.

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Digital Innovations in Healthcare and Education Research Group

The University of Nottingham
School of Health Sciences
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

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