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Teaching vital skills to help nurses locate, assess, evaluate and apply information.

The volume of resources that nurses and nursing students need to consume in order to stay up-to-date in the medical field is continually expanding. Time constraints and a lack of knowledge for how to efficiently access the most reliable resources means that when it comes to practice-related questions, nurses are often missing vital information.

According to an article in Journal of Nursing Education and Practice (2014, Vol 4. No.1), nurses often draw on previous experiences or seek information from their colleagues. The result is the information these healthcare workers rely upon is often overly generalized, outdated and not as credible as information available from vetted journals and primary data sources.

Despite the known importance of information literacy for evidence-based practice, several studies have cited that nurses and nursing students lack the skills to find, access, and evaluate information effectively.  

The challenge is to develop information literacy in nursing programs so that students can:

> Recognize when information is needed 

> Locate, access, evaluate and use peer-reviewed content, efficiently and effectively

> Manage, cite and share findings

> Develop critical thinking for: diagnosis, expected outcome, intervention, and outcome evaluation

Training and educational video can offer a solution. Mounting evidence suggests “the use of videos seems to be a promising, relevant, and increasingly used instructional strategy that could enhance the quality of clinical skills education,” according to the recent article “Use of videos to support teaching and learning of clinical skills in nursing education: a review.” (Nurse Education Today, July 2016).

Using video to improve learning outcomes in nursing programs

A 2016 analysis of Video in Education by Outsell pinpointed the following benefits of incorporating video-based resources in an educational setting:

> Engagement: Because increasingly tech savvy students generally find video an engaging medium, using it in an educational context can promote stronger engagement, resulting in improved information attainment.

> Authenticity: Video from an authoritative source can fortify credibility and underscore information provided by an instructor.

> Currency: News content can help to deliver the most up-to-date news and cutting-edge developments in an area of study.

> Impact: Video content may inspire emotional reactions to the content, more so than text content might. Again, this makes video content memorable, which helps to contribute to improved learning outcomes.

> Valuable as an introduction to difficult concepts: For example, a video demonstrating blood flow through the heart will likely be more effective than a passage of text describing the processes. Often, to improve understanding of complex concepts, text can be a valuable supplement to video resources.

A recent study, according to news reports in Education Letter (“Study Finding from School of Nursing Provide New Insights into Nursing Education,” January 2017), surfaced four areas where video impacts training for nurses:  “Confidence, Communication, Decision Making, and Change in Clinical Practice.” This research concluded “that self-reflection of video-recorded [high-fidelity simulation] scenarios is beneficial for prelicensure nursing students to develop clinical judgment.” 

Video resources to promote information literacy in clinical training

Alexander Street’s Nursing Education in Video, Second Edition
Nursing Education in Video, Second Edition contains the respected Medcom videos. These films prepare students for their career with the most up-to-date demonstrations of foundational clinical techniques and procedures. Other topics important to the nursing profession are also covered including communication techniques, age-related care, and maintaining patient confidentiality. Medcom is fully compliant with federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS and fully accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center--the gold standard for nursing content accreditation.

Preparation is the key to success in the clinical setting. Students can prepare for their clinical rounds by using our collection of Medcom videos to see important skills and concepts in action. Instructors can assign videos as homework to reinforce course concepts or as a follow up to clinical experience.  Nursing Education in Video, Second Edition is a comprehensive resource for researchers, students, faculty, and healthcare professionals.

Medcom videos provide the following benefits:

> Comprehensive Content: 400+ complete Medcom videos (not just clips!). 

> Currency: Access to the most current and updated content. ~50 new/revised videos each year. 

> Searchable Transcripts: Medcom videos include keyword-searchable, synchronous, scrolling transcripts for any research purpose. 

>Discoverability: In addition to Primo and Summon, this content is discoverable from EDS, Google, and other search engines on the open web.

Nursing Education in Video, Second Edition provides great opportunities for learning:

Faculty can create, annotate, and organize clips specific to their topic of choice and integrate video content into the classroom as lecture launchers, a lecture review, to bring a concept to life, and more. 

Students can access from a variety of devices including their smart phones.

Faculty can link these videos into your LMS to provide easy student access, promote further learning through video, and increase usage.

Medcom videos also provide great opportunity for group learning/projects outside of the classroom and quick refreshers when needed.

Educating with video provides endless possibilities for learning. 

These resources are updated frequently to reflect the most current, best practices in the field of nursing.

Maximize usage of this video content with the ability to:

Embed video on library pages, in learning management systems, or in slides

> Watch videos on the go with most handheld devices

> Create, annotate, and organize clips, and include links to other content

> Watch synchronized, searchable transcripts running alongside each video

> Access MARC records and permanent URLs to link to, cite, and share video

> Review usage with COUNTERcompliant statistics and full compatibility with discovery systems such as Primo, Summon, and EDS

> Enjoy in-class, on-campus, and remote-access viewing, along with fee-free public performance rights, all included in the usage terms

ProQuest Research Companion 

Students can also benefit from this multimedia information literacy resource, featuring tools and videos to find, evaluate and use information.

Download and post the infographic and the Webex recording on using video for teaching and learning. 


05 Apr 2017

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