Wiimali: A Virtual Community That Engages Nursing Students in Learning about Primary Health Care

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243555
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Wiimali: A Virtual Community That Engages Nursing Students in Learning about Primary Health Care
Author(s):
Levett-Jones, Tracy
Author Details:
Levett-Jones, Tracy, PhD, RN, MEd, &, Work, BN, DipAppSc, (Nursing), Tracy.Levett-Jones@newcastle.edu.au;
Abstract:
Australian nursing education about primary health care and community settings is not keeping pace with reform agendas that promote expanded roles for nursing. This is compounded by images of nurses working in fast-paced and acute care environments. Beginning nursing students are surprised and disappointed by the requirement to learn about illness prevention; health promotion; social determinants of health and primary health care.

We developed, implemented and evaluated an online, interactive virtual community (Wiimali) to capturing student’s attention, engage interest, and challenge them to think differently about primary health care. Wiimali is based upon the fact that the social environment into which people are born, live and work is the single most important determinant of health3 and education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.

Wiimali provides the opportunity to explore social determinants of health, inequity, marginalisation, culture, access, etc. Students take a virtual tour of Wiimali, listen to the weekly community radio news reports, read a newspaper that is delivered weekly, explore the community via an interactive map with links to the Wiimali Aboriginal Medical service. Students see a home birth, visit the occupational health and safety nurse that works in industry, and interview the practice nurses working in the GP clinic. A deeper appreciation of the life experiences and perspectives of some of the residents and health professionals from Wiimali is afforded by access to a series of Blogs. Wiimali is premised on a constructivist and experiential model of learning. It engages students and causes them to critically analyse their own assumptions and beliefs about models of health.

Findings will be presented from an evaluation study that examined the impact of Wiimali on student learning, engagement, sense of social justice and understanding of primary health care.

Keywords:
Primary Health Care; Simulation learning environment; Experiential learning
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleWiimali: A Virtual Community That Engages Nursing Students in Learning about Primary Health Careen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLevett-Jones, Tracyen_GB
dc.author.detailsLevett-Jones, Tracy, PhD, RN, MEd, &, Work, BN, DipAppSc, (Nursing), Tracy.Levett-Jones@newcastle.edu.au;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/243555-
dc.description.abstractAustralian nursing education about primary health care and community settings is not keeping pace with reform agendas that promote expanded roles for nursing. This is compounded by images of nurses working in fast-paced and acute care environments. Beginning nursing students are surprised and disappointed by the requirement to learn about illness prevention; health promotion; social determinants of health and primary health care. <p>We developed, implemented and evaluated an online, interactive virtual community (<i>Wiimali</i>) to capturing student&rsquo;s attention, engage interest, and challenge them to think differently about primary health care. <i>Wiimali </i>is based upon the fact that the social environment into which people are born, live and work is the single most important determinant of health<sup>3</sup> and education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it. <p><i>Wiimali</i> provides the opportunity to explore social determinants of health, inequity, marginalisation, culture, access, etc. Students take a virtual tour of <i>Wiimali</i>, listen to the weekly community radio news reports, read a newspaper that is delivered weekly, explore the community via an interactive map with links to the <i>Wiimali</i> Aboriginal Medical service. Students see a home birth, visit the occupational health and safety nurse that works in industry, and interview the practice nurses working in the GP clinic. A deeper appreciation of the life experiences and perspectives of some of the residents and health professionals from <i>Wiimali </i>is afforded by access to a series of Blogs. <i>Wiimali</i> is premised on a constructivist and experiential model of learning. It engages students and causes them to critically analyse their own assumptions and beliefs about models of health. <p>Findings will be presented from an evaluation study that examined the impact of <i>Wiimali </i>on student learning, engagement, sense of social justice and understanding of primary health care.en_GB
dc.subjectPrimary Health Careen_GB
dc.subjectSimulation learning environmenten_GB
dc.subjectExperiential learningen_GB
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:23:55Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:23:55Z-
dc.conference.date2012en_GB
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen_GB
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