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Slide Presentation by Betsy Weiner, Ph.D., R.N., B.C., FAAN

On March 2, 2004, Betsy Weiner, Ph.D., R.N., B.C., FAAN, made a presentation in a Web conference entitled Education and Training for a Qualified Workforce in the series Surge Capacity and Health System Preparedness.

This is the text version of Dr. Weiner's slide presentation. Select to access the PowerPoint® slides (572 KB).

Preparing Volunteer Nurses for Public Health Emergencies

Betsy Weiner, Ph.D., R.N., B.C., FAAN
Senior Associate Dean for Educational Informatics
Professor in Nursing and Biomedical Informatics
School of Nursing
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Slide 1

Research Aims for AHRQ Grant

  • For MRC volunteer nurses, face to face vs. online learning will be compared:
    • To determine effectiveness.
    • To determine efficiency.
    • To define user characteristics that predict selection of and completion of learning programs.
    • To determine the adequacy of technology integration in learning emergency response content.

Slide 2

Volunteer and Inactive Nurses

  • Not already working for responding organization.
  • Desire to learn.
  • Responding through local response structure via Medical Reserve Corps.

Slide 3

Key Message to Nurses

  • Theme of modules is surge capacity.
  • Limitation of resources.
  • Planning is essential.
  • Be part of the plan!

Slide 4

Value Shift: Triage

  • Most good for the greatest number of people.
  • Critically ill patients are not always first; may provided palliative care.
  • First module: The Tipping Point.

Slide 5

Unique Aspects

  • Competencies created by International Nursing Coalition for Mass Casualty Education (INCMCE).
  • Based on national "How People Learn" framework in conjunction with Little Planet Learning, Inc.

Slide 6

How People Learn

  • Students come with preconceptions.
  • Must have factual knowledge, but know how to organize and retrieve.
  • Must take control of own learning.
  • Learning environments must be learner-centered, knowledge-centered, assessment-centered, and community-centered.

Slide 7

How People Learn Cycle

Slide contains a screen shot that shows the "How People Learn Cycle." The cycle is depicted in a circular format. On the circle are steps 1-6 and each is labeled with a one-word description. The stages and their names are as follow: Step 1, Challenge; Step 2, Initial Thoughts; Step 3, Resources; Step 4, Virtual Discussion; Step 5, Final Thoughts; and Step 6, Wrap Up.

Slide 8

Slide Contains a screen shot of a Web page showing the Nursing curriculum. This page lists each of the seven module topics. They are: Module 1: The Tipping Point; Module 2: Incident Management System; Module 3: Your Role in Emergency Response; Module 4: Chemical; Module 5: Biological; Module 6: Radiation; and Module 7: Nuclear.

Slide 9

Slide contains a screen shot of the INCMCE home page.

Current as of May 2004

Internet Citation:

Preparing Volunteer Nurses for Public Health Emergencies. Text version of a slide presentation at a Web conference—Education and Training for a Qualified Workforce. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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