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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Our technology

Advancing & Enhancing Your Learning Experiences

​Students have some unique opportunities to interact with various technology tools to facilitate their learning. First, we have created the I-Collaboratory social network to keeps students connected with both peers and professors, and allows them to always have access to the things they need to be successful and begin to understand the power of networking in the informatics community. The I-Collaboratory contains a wealth of information and houses the webinars offered by national and international informatics experts. We also use tools like the Cerner Electronic Health Record System to understand the value of Health IT, meaningful use and communication between health care professionals as part of our Interprofessional Education between nurses and other health care professionals. We have also created a Virtual Hospital/Clinic in Second LifeTM to allow students to interact within immersive environments as part of their coursework. Students also have access to project management tools (Basecamp) and a collection of public-domain tools for the database management systems course including a scrubbed data set of patient records.
I-Collaboratory: Your social network & resource center
The idea of the I-Collaboratory was to facilitate recruitment and retention of students through a social networking site. All students and alumni, preceptors and faculty have access to the social network. This network was based on the highly successful model of learner support tested in three previous HRSA training grants. The purpose of our successful model was to create a learner-centered environment to support, socialize, mentor and connect students who are engaged in distant learning. The intent was to decrease learner's feelings of isolation, increase satisfaction, ensure quality educational experiences, facilitate professional socialization, retain students and help form connections in the world of health care informatics.
This model served as a framework to create learning partnerships among fellow colleagues; between faculty and learners, between peer mentors and learners, between learners and role models with similar backgrounds, across disciplines (nursing, medicine, psychology, communications or computer science), environments (urban or rural), interests, and between learner and future employers.

Over the years, we have used various software platforms and within the last few years we moved to a Web 2.0 tool called Ning. The choice for this platform was made by the students and their preference was not to be on Facebook as they wanted to separate personal and professional networks. The I-Collaboratory social network allows students to have one place to look for information about the CU program, find out about webinars and their recordings related to career development and hot topics in informatics, participate in an online journal club to examine research in informatics, participate in community forums, contribute their knowledge and experience to blogs, interact with colleagues, faculty, Alumni and nurse leaders and build their network and connections in nursing administration. The current network is only available to our current students, alumni, faculty and preceptors/mentors.
Our webinars bring respected national & international speakers into your learning experience
Webinars occur twice a month during the academic year. These webinars are given by faculty and from national and international informatics experts from across the globe. All webinars are offered live through a video conferencing system and are recorded in case participants are un able to attend. Here is a sampling of hot topic titles and our career development series.

Career Development Series by Eddy Costa, Director, Healthcare IT
SofTec Solutions, Inc.
• Moving your career forward.
Your first step towards finding a HIT position
• Transforming your clinical resume into a HIT resume
• Taking Charge of your HIT Job Search
• How to Interview for an HIT Position
• Negotiating Salary
• Accepting the Position, Now what?

Expert Interviewing Skills: a two-pronged approach
Kathleen Kimmel, RN, MHA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Chief Nursing Officer, MedeAnalytics

Clinical Informatics: Approaches to a New Career
Ann Shepard, RN-BC, MSN, Vice President, Chief Nursing Informatics and Telehealth Officer
Vickie Wickham, RN, MSN, VP and Regional CNIO, Catholic Health Initiatives.

Working at an International Level in Informatics
Penni Hernandez, Senior Terminologist, IHTSDO

Career Advancement to the CNIO Role
Denise Goldsmith, RN, MSN, MPH, CNIO, Brigham & Women's Hospital

Moving forward with Meaningful Use Stage 2
Betsy Baker, Project Manager
Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO)

State of Contemporary Informatics Competencies for Chief Nurse Executive
Roy L. Simpson, RN, DPNAP, FAAN, Vice President, Nursing
Cerner Corporation

History of Nursing Informatics: Pioneers in Informatics
Dr. Virginia Saba, FACMA, FAAN, CEO SabaCare
Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University

Ethics and Public Health Informatics
Dr. Kenneth Goodman, FACMI
Director, Bioethics Program and the Co-Director, University of Miami Ethics Programs.

Cloud Computing & Health IT/ Security
Eric Svetcov, AVP Information Security & CSO, MedeAnalytics

Participatory Software Design
Dr. Patricia Dykes, FAAN, FACMI, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Senior Nurse Scientist and Program Director, Research, Center for Patient Safety Research & Practice and the Center for Nursing Excellence, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Nurses Call to Action to Realize Sharable, Comparable Data
Vice President, Informatics , HIMSS

Electronic health records are a powerful learning tool

Students are introduced to the Cerner Academic Education Solution system, an electronic health care record system that facilitates IP communication and documentation in the Foundations of Health Care Informatics course. The AES system is a fully functioning clinical information system that enables nursing, medical, pharmacy, and allied health students to develop their knowledge and skills highlighted by the IOM core competencies.

Students have access to view patient data to evaluate status, document assessments and treatments, develop plans of care, perform chart reviews and access links to EBP care. The AES system facilitates conceptual and practical applications of HIT tools as an integral component of the learning process. It is an essential tool to prepare them for participation in Interprofessional (IP) team collaboration. The tool supports the attainment of informatics competencies identified by QSEN, AACN Essentials and the informatics standards of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Collaborating in one classroom in Second Life

This innovative approach will have learners interacting with each other in the virtual world of Second Life TM (SL). To interact in Second Life, a user must create a personal avatar that can walk, run, and even fly. Avatars can interact with each other through Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), or text-based messaging. SL is all about experiential learning, being immersed in a virtual environment. This immersive environment adds another dimension to simulations and allows for role-playing, collaboration and interactions between students and faculty in real time, and the ability to experiment. The pilot work pioneered through a HRSA grant and the ONC ARRA grant, created a Virtual Clinic/Hospital consists of: clinical exam rooms for observation and interaction; medical surgical unit patient rooms; a psychiatric unit with sound proof walls; pharmacy; medical records room; patient registration; a nursing station; an auditorium for grand rounds; numerous administrative offices; and conference rooms complete with whiteboards for brainstorming, poster board for presentations, a presentation wall for PowerPoint slides or streaming videos, and web access for students to use during their clinical conferences.

The Virtual Hospital/Clinic in Second Life is in full operation for faculty advisement meetings and for use in various informatics courses, in particular the System Life Cycle course. In this course, IP teams (nurses, physicians, pharmacists, dentists, allied health care professionals and IT specialists) work collaboratively to plan, analyze requirements, select, purchase, implement and evaluate an information system such as a computerized provider order entry system. In addition, faculty have offices where they can meet with students for courses or for advisement. There are also specific buildings that can be used for team meetings. The team buildings and their associated conference rooms allow for students to sit around a table, function as a project team, talk through decisions, brainstorm and also access a variety of tools.

Project Management Tools
Students have access to Basecamp, a web-based project management tool that is used in a variety of courses. This tool allows for teams to manage projects using a variety of tools such as To DO list, Discussions, Calendar functions, whiteboard and file storage. We also offer an Interview Simulator to help you practice before your big interview!
Database Management Tools
In the database management class, public domain tools are packaged in a DVD and sent to all students along with a scrubbed patient record database. The DVD allows students to create a virtual machine that consists of the following open-source,
license-free software:
• Ubuntu 10.04 Linux
• FireBird RDBMS
• FlameRobin SQL GUI front end
• iReport

The tools allow students to practice and to work in teams to lead your department’s clinical quality and outcomes program. To support these efforts, the team creates a patient registry that tracks patients with certain demographic and clinical characteristics, to capture clinical measurements or treatments that may predict or may be associated with lower clinical quality and/or poorer outcomes, and to track short term and long-term clinical outcomes and complications. You wish to use the clinical registry to track improvements in outcomes over time as your team implements various
quality improvement interventions.
Human Computer Interaction Design tools
While learning to create a prototype of a personal health record for a specific patient population, students will learn to how to use tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Visio (or OmniGraffle on the Mac), Adobe DreamWeaver, Adobe InDesign, Balsamiq or Cacco.