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Does TL;DR mean anything to you?
It stands for “too long; Didn’t read” – the ultimate putdown. Now that everyone’s handheld electronic device is their personal mass communication device, we are flooded with things to look at. Back in the sixties, Andy Warhol once said that we each get fifteen minutes of fame. (click for the exact quote).Well, social media nowadays means that we get fifteen seconds. Then everyone moves along.
We are getting to the point where even the compulsive people will ignore you. If you don’t make it snappy. If it’s not expressed in simple sentences. If it’s too long.
And so, twitter. the shortest of all. every tweet is a haiku. Been experimenting with it, and wondering what the fuss is about.
Five Twitter feeds every nursing student should be on.
Seems as though every student has a smartphone these days. Here is a disconnect. The faculty has no idea what the capability of these devices actually may be. Oh, we’re all using course software, PowerPoint, and stuff that goes on a desktop or laptop, but we are still behind on smartphones. For faculty, look around when you next stand in front of the classroom – the students are using their phone. probably to text or tweet about you. And it may not be complimentary. But that’s another story. We are smart enough to tell the students to put them away during exams, (most of us are anyway). But it ends there.
Anyway, here is the list of five twitter feeds that every nursing student should follow:
@NCSBNLearnExt – this one is from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Don’t know who they are? why, NCSBN is the group that tells NCLEX what to put on the NCLEX exam. their feed is full of tips about your R.N. license. how to how about getting your Authorization To Test, and that sort of thing. I have always told people that the NCSBN document on their site about Delegation is a must-read for test prep, and their twitter feed is simply excellent. Note: any nursing school that does not use Working With Others as part of their regular curriculum is guilty of educational malpractice in my view. And by “using it,” I mean: getting the PowerPoint and Video, lecturing on it, testing on it, and doing the group roleplays.
@ReviewNursing is also quite good, they have put out 2,0oo tweets! something I like about them is that they remind you of vocabulary. Vocabulary is a very important concept in NCLEX, I have often thought that a long unusual word will be used in the question stem just to distract the test-taker from what the actual question is about.
@KaplanNCLEX is also good, I think their tweets include a bit of zen, which hopefully will keep the compulsive student from going completely overboard. Solid material is mixed in with advice about stress, quotes from Florence Nightingale, and the like. They have 4,426 followers.
@NCLEXprep this is my own humble feed, I just started. For this one, the plan is to find bite-sized pieces of nursing wisdom that will guide you in applying your knowledge to a test question. There is a long tradition in medicine called the Pearls of Wisdom – factoids that are easily turned into rules ( “if the patient is taking Lasix you should be alert for hypokalemia”) – things that every prudent nurse ought to be able to call up whenever needed. I will choose Pearls that are from everyday practice. When I look up the definition on the internets, I note that the phrase is often use dismissively by those who wish to engage in evidence-based practice, but the idea stands nonetheless; there are things every nurse oughta know. (“when you give your patient an opioid, always enquire about their last bowel movement”)
@YourSchoolCohort. Why not? social media democratizes information. Make your own. When you go to nursing school, you are joining an intense group experience, whether you have thought about it or not. The people you go to nursing school with, will learn things about you that your family, significant other, and God, do not know. We promote teamwork among nursing students, and if you work with a team to do the studying you will be a more effective nurse. For that reason, form your own Twitter feed, whether it’s from the Class Officers, or from the members of your group.
This is not the final list
and, if you think about it, NCLEX prep actually begins on the first day of nursing school, not the time between graduating and sitting for the exam. why not follow these from the start of nursing school?
Please feel free to add your suggestions below, and it would help to include a short review as to what you like about it.
In the meantime, I leave for Nepal tomorrow, and will spend the summer teaching critical care nursing skills. This blog will be relatively quiet, I will tell the tale of Nepal nursing on CCNEPal2013 blog, and also on a Twitter feed, CCNEPal2013 I invite you to follow me.