Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics


This article was written on 20 Mar 2012, and is filled under Volume 7 2012, Volume 7 No 1.

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In the News Column

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This new column called “In the News” has been initated to keep you up to date with events, news, and notable initiatives related to Nursing Informatics.

If you have a newsworthy item that you would like to see included in this column, please contact us!

Spotlight on NI Challenges in Canada

Join us before the NI2012 Congress on Saturday June 23 for an exciting CNIA event! Cost is only $25 to be part of this very important discussion about the future of nursing informatics in Canada!

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Advance registration is required for the CNIA all day event with payment of a $25 lunch fee. All fees are non-refundable.



Hospitals use iPads to improve patient experience

Deciding whether to provide iPads to your medical staff may be only half of your decision-making when it comes to the uber-popular devices. New efforts ongoing at hospitals around the U.S. are testing out patient reactions to the devices as a

way to improve the patient’s inpatient and post-hospital experience.

One big one is the Mayo Clinic, which now offers iPads loaded with Mayo content and apps as automated tour guides to cardiac patients, according to a HealthLeaders Media story on patient engagement. HLM profiled a YouTube video Mayo

recently posted outlining the iPad program.

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Nurses use gaming, apps to reach patients

University of Pennsylvania nursing students, as part of a year-long online challenge, have created a series of games to improve patient health. Penn just selected four winners in the challenge, including two intriguing mobile/app games that took

first and second place.

“Game-playing is built on many of the same concepts as nursing practice–making connections and sound judgments, fostering engagement, team-building, problem-solving, and planning,” says Penn Nursing Dean Afaf Meleis.

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Take The Social MEDia Course Free!

This is the global format of the world’s first university elective course focusing on medicine and social media for medical and public health students (and anybody else who is interested in this area). The rationale behind the course, the history of

the university course and all the details needed are available under the link above.

About the course

“Digital literacy must be in the medical curriculum globally!”

Social media is changing how medicine is practiced and healthcare is delivered. Patients, doctors, communication or even time management, everything is changing, except one thing: medical education.

That is why I launched a course at the University of Debrecen, Medical and Health Science Center in 2008 in order to help medical and public health students learn more about social media. Now, after several semesters, the course developed a lot based on the feedback hundreds of students gave through online questionnaires and I still teach students about the basics of social media from medical blogging, Twitter, Facebook to searching properly and many other topics.

I believe the attitude of future doctors and also their knowledge about online issues can significantly change if practical examples and useful suggestions are presented in an exciting way. And now this course, under the name The Social MEDia Course, goes global as the online format with flash Prezis and gamification was launched on the 21st of March, 2012.

by Bertalan Mesko, MD
Founder and managing director of

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