Welcome to Nursing Class 2
Deanna B. Hiott PhD candidate, MSN, RN


~ "The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas." ~ George Santayana

My name is Deanna Hiott and I am currently completing my doctorate at the Medical University of South Carolina. This is my second wiki. I started my first wiki during graduate school while teaching Pediatrics. It is called Nursing Class, thus this one is Nursing Class 2. I started this wiki while a nursing instructor at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Mary Black School of Nursing in sunny South Carolina, USA!
I am now an Associate Professor at Anderson University's School of Nursing in Anderson, South Carolina. I continue to work on this and other sites. Enjoy!
Since I started my doctorate in 2013, I also started Nursing Class 3 for those returning to school for their masters or doctorate.
This wiki is an effort to aid beginning nursing students with Pathophysiology, Fundamentals and to add a component of Gerontology. Basic nursing skills, theories, writing and communication patterns will be reviewed. I will add notes I have compiled from various texts, videos and PowerPoints. I will do my best to provide the ideas and communicate ways to manipulate them to gain experience.
I am also a nurse blogger at Nurse's Watch and have had articles published online. Feel free to visit me there and at my other wiki, called Nursing Class. Welcome!

Why a Nursing Wiki?

Ideally, students need to read and prepare for their day in class ahead of time. This will help assure that they are ready to interact with the material that will be presented.

Hainsworth (2008) depicts a learning pyramid developed by the National Training Laboratories at the Institute for Applied Behavioral Science (n.d.) which shows that reading something usually has a retention rate of 10%, hearing 20%, seeing 30%, seeing and hearing 50%, speaking and/or writing 70% and speaking and doing 90%.

My thoughts are that each time material is repeated and introduced in a different way it adds to the 10% gained from reading. Consequently, additional classroom activities add to the scaffold or building of presented material. This expands the student's knowledge and understanding, which is necessary for critical thinking and application. Lastly, since clinical exposure to these various diagnoses and situations can be limited, the added videos contribute to the nursing students understanding and knowledge of the patient's and families perspectives on the various illnesses and treatments.

If the students read the chapters, then came to class prepared to interact with the material, the teacher briefly reviews the concepts and then has the students interact with the included case studies. The videos represent real families, concepts and dilemmas, they must work together to outline the case and the nursing care it would entail. This would have the students interacting with the material on all levels. The videos lend faces and add feeling to the otherwise dry clinical picture. Lecture could or could not be utilized but the more the students interact with the material the more likely they will remember the material and consequently be equipped to apply it!

Hainsworth, D. (2008). Chapter 12: Instructional materials. In S. B. Bastable (Ed.), Nurse as educator: Principles of teaching and learning for nursing practice (3rd ed., pp. 473-514). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

This wiki is the personal property of Deanna B Hiott PhD candidate, MSN, RN. Though I am an educator, the university is not responsible for the content of this wiki. It is a not for profit educational site and there are no advertisements unless incidentally added at the end of an educational video which was uploaded from You Tube. Videos and PowerPoints have links located at the bottom of each page. The main texts, articles, and publications utilized are referenced on the main page and then separately on additional pages. This wiki is constantly being updated with references being added and refined each day. This wiki is in no way intended to be used for diagnostic purposes and in no way substitutes for care from a trained medical professional.

© 2011 Deanna Bland Hiott. All rights reserved
This wiki is updated weekly
Last update 11/8/14

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A Life without Nurses?

References (Other references noted as utilized on specific unit pages):

Gould, B. E., & Dyer, R. M. (2011). Pathophysiology for the health professions (4 ed.). St. Louis, Missouri: Saunders Elsevier.

Potter, P. A., & Perry, A. G. (2009). Fundamentals of Nursing (7th ed.). St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby Elsevier.

Story, L. (2012). Pathophysiology: A practical approach. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning .

A life without nurses