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Journal of Neuroscience Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/JNN.0b013e31827edc62
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Embracing Technology: Using an Unfolding Case Simulation to Enhance Nursing Students’ Learning About Parkinson’s Disease

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PURPOSE: The purpose of this learning activity is to provide information about the value of technological media in promoting critical problem-solving around clinical care issues of Parkinson’s disease.

OBJECTIVES: After reading this article and taking this test, you should be able to:

1. Describe the changing face of technology in nursing education.

2. Discuss the study presented comparing a traditional teaching method with one taking advantage of new technology.

1. All of the following represent models of technological advancement in the academic setting except

a. web-based modules.

b. computerized social networks.

c. PowerPoint presentations.

d. mobile technologies.

2. Which group issued a 2010 report promoting the use of technology to prepare students and to maximize the use of available faculty?

a. The Joint Commission

b. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

c. The Department of Health and Human Services

d. The Institute of Medicine

3. One major feature of Generation Y in healthcare programs is the need to

a. see the entire clinical picture as a whole.

b. have computerized medical records.

c. use preceptors to acclimate to the clinical arena.

d. have opportunities to experience different nursing specialties.

4. A second major need of Generation Y healthcare workers is to

a. rely on one another for support.

b. enter the workforce prepared for clinical practice.

c. use technology to its fullest potential.

d. advance into management.

5. Clinical mentorships have become

a. a luxury few employers are willing to provide.

b. the approach of choice in today’s healthcare environment.

c. restricted to specialty practice.

d. limited to acute care settings only.

6. The challenge for nurse educators in integrating technology effectively is due to

a. lack of funding and resources.

b. nursing being a hands-on, people centered profession.

c. faculty who are unfamiliar with electronic communication.

d. administrators who are not supportive of modern technology.

7. Technology is moving quickly in education because

a. educators are more comfortable using newer techniques.

b. the student population is more digitally competent.

c. it takes less time to use electronic media than traditional teaching tools.

d. electronic media is less expensive than traditional teaching tools.

8. The use of video technology in teaching

a. is cost effective and budget-friendly.

b. increases the number of students who can be taught at one time.

c. provides learning stimuli that meet the needs of the Net generation.

d. saves a great deal of preparation time for the nurse educator.

9. Simulation continues to gain attention because

a. students enjoy it more than reading.

b. it makes it easier for the nurse educator to prepare a lesson plan.

c. it reduces the need for clinical placements and instructors.

d. it mimics reality and links theory to practice.

10. The goal of simulation learning in nursing education is to

a. promote clinical competency, reflective thinking, and minimize risk to humans.

b. increase the speed with which new nurses gain clinical competence.

c. give all of the students exposure to the same clinical experience at one time.

d. provide a more engaging learning environment for learners.

11. The design of the study described in this article was

a. double blind.

b. descriptive-qualitative.

c. case control.

d. comparative-quantitative.

12. The Parkinson’s rating scales used in the study were the Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale and

a. Johnson and Blakely.

b. Hoehn and Yahr.

c. Martin and Martin.

d. Calley and Yost.

13. Scenarios of Parkinson’s disease offered the students an opportunity to do all except

a. learn about neurodegenerative disease progression over time.

b. prepare for active advocacy of Parkinson’s disease patients.

c. appreciate the effect of Parkinson’s disease on caregivers.

d. actively participate in the management of Parkinson’s disease patients.

14. What factor should influence educators when using new technology?

a. the educator’s comfort level with the technology

b. the budget for educational materials

c. the interconnection between the human being and the technology

d. the time available for preparing new nurses for clinical practice

15. Nursing leadership has become increasingly concerned about the

a. gap between nursing students’ academic preparation and the demands of actual clinical practice.

b. decreasing number of nursing graduates available for clinical practice.

c. increasing needs of the current patient population.

d. nursing students’ lack of commitment and work ethic in clinical practice.

16. Nursing leadership concerns about new graduates focus primarily on

a. the time and effort that it takes to prepare a new nurse for practice.

b. critical thinking, professionalism, and management of responsibilities.

c. lack of commitment and negative attitude.

d. preparation for the advanced technology in the clinical arena.

17. Case-based simulation is advocated because it

a. is easy for the educator to develop a realistic scenario.

b. takes less time than traditional approaches to learning.

c. allows students to develop competency in a safe and supportive environment.

d. appeals to the new nurses’ interest in technology.

18. Unfolding case studies using common syndromes of aging

a. can promote critical thinking and experience in decision-making.

b. deprive the students of the opportunity to manage real patients.

c. are essential because of our aging patient population.

d. are less effective than managing a live patient population.

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