Note: Complete the assessments in this course in the order in which they are presented.

Preparation

Workplace Setting and Educational Context

You may choose your current workplace setting or another health care setting you are familiar with and interested in as the context for this assessment and all subsequent assessments. Also, in your selected setting, choose the educational context within which the technology is being used:

  • Academic.
  • Clinical (on the job).
  • Continuing professional education.

As you work through each assessment in this course, imagine yourself as the director of nursing education or fulfilling a similar role in your organization. In your capacity as director, you are aware that several organizational training initiatives and ongoing educational programs have not met expectations. You suspect that part of the reason for this can be attributed to the ineffective use of existing educational technologies, and in some cases, the lack of appropriate tools and technology. Consequently, you have decided to conduct a needs assessment to determine what changes in existing technologies, or their use, you might propose to executive leaders that would have a positive impact on current nursing processes, staff performance, and patient outcomes.

To prepare for the assessment, you are encouraged to reflect on how educational technologies, such as simulation equipment, e-learning, and remote communication technologies, are used to support nursing education or training programs you are familiar with. Then, consider the effectiveness of these technologies and whether new or upgraded technologies, or changes in current use, might help close performance gaps and improve patient outcomes. In addition, you may wish to review the assessment requirements and scoring guide to ensure you understand the work you will be asked to complete.

 

Requirements

Conduct an educational technology needs assessment.

Note: If you have not already done so, complete the Vila Health: Educational Technology Needs Assessment challenge (FILE ATTACHED!!!), linked in the Required Resources.

The needs assessment requirements, outlined below, correspond to the grading criteria in the scoring guide, so be sure to address each point. Read the performance-level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed. In addition, be sure to note the requirements below for document format and length and for citing supporting evidence.

  • Describe how nurses are currently using educational technology within the setting and educational context you have chosen for this assessment.
    • What information is lacking that would provide you with a more complete or accurate description of current usage?
    • Is your description based on any particular assumptions?
  • Compare the current state of educational technology use with the desired state (best practices in nursing education).
    • Choose any analysis methodology that you are familiar with and comfortable using. For example:
      • Gap analysis.
      • SWOT or TOWS analysis.
      • Appreciative inquiry (discover and dream steps).
    • Address the following:
      • What, if any, changes are needed in how nurses currently use the existing technology?
      • Is there a need for a new technology solution?
      • On what do you base your conclusions?
  • Assess the metrics used to determine the benefits of current educational technology use.
    • Are the metrics sufficient for the intended purpose?
    • What are the best practices that could help improve the quality, interpretation, and use of the data?
  • Explain how new or existing educational technology aligns with the strategic mission of the organization.
    • If needed, locate a public statement of the organization’s mission.
  • Recommend changes to existing educational technology, or current use of the technology, that will improve nursing education.
    • How will your recommendations result in improvements in nursing education?
    • What evidence do you have to support your conclusions and recommendations?
  • Support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.
    • Is your supporting evidence clear and explicit?
      • How or why does particular evidence support a claim?
      • Will your reader see the connection?
    • Did you summarize, paraphrase, and quote your sources appropriately?
  • Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.
    • Write with a specific purpose and audience in mind.
    • Adhere to scholarly and disciplinary writing standards and APA formatting requirements.

COMPETENCIES (required)

 

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Competency 1: Plan for the implementation of technology into nursing education.
    • Describe how nurses are currently using educational technology within a particular setting and educational context.
  • Competency 2: Select technologies appropriate for nursing education in an academic and/or health care environment.
    • Compare the current state of educational technology use within an organization with the desired state.
    • Recommend changes to existing educational technology, or current use of the technology, that will improve nursing education.
  • Competency 3: Incorporate technology into the design of nursing education programs in academic and/or health care environments.
    • Assess the metrics used to determine the benefits of current educational technology use.
  • Competency 4: Assess the value of educational technology in academic and/or health care environments.
    • Explain how new or existing educational technology aligns with the strategic mission of an organization.
  • Competency 5: Communicate effectively with diverse audiences in an appropriate form and style consistent with applicable organizational, professional, and scholarly standards.
    • Support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.
    • Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.

Suggested Resources

Needs Assessment and Gap Analysis

The following resources provide useful insight into the process of assessing needs and analyzing performance gaps that will inform your thinking about changes in existing technologies, or their use, that you might propose to executive leaders that would have a positive impact on current nursing processes, staff performance, and patient outcomes:

SWOT ANALYSIS (file attached)

 

 

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