Critical Care Nursing: Sharing Insights

I had the good fortune to work with some remarkable critical care nurses today.

We were exploring how to develop a Wikiversity resource to support continuing professional development.

I feel more comfortable each time I use Wikiversity but I have lots to learn. I am hoping that this project will help me do so.

James Neill is helping with the back office part of this project and the whole idea is the brainchild of Holly Northam.

I am hopeful that this project will have the energy exuded by Ian Miller in his blogging.

Ian aims with his eclectic mix of reflections, tutorials and articles to:

educate, to stimulate some introspection, to inform and amuse. More importantly, they are offered in the hope that they might be used as a jumping off point to inspire other nurses to think about their own practice, to explore the latest research, best practice guidelines, and to search out and deepen their knowledge, improving the quality of care they deliver.

A wiki resource for critical care nursing

I spent some time today with Holy Northam and Laura Hale setting up a Wikiversity resource for critical care nursing.

We met in the delightful surroundings of the Teaching Commons at the University of Canberra.

Ultimately the resource will be used by postgraduate critical care nursing students and critical care clinicians to develop a patient education guide that will lead to a clinical support site. The resource will include support for and education of:

  • Patients in the critical care environment
  • Families of patients
  • Staff working in critical care
  • Visitors

It was great to be part of a discussion with Holly and Laura.

Holly is a Registered Nurse and Midwife. She has spent over 30 years in critical care nursing areas. She is the convener of the Postgraduate Critical Care Nursing courses at the University of Canberra and teaches in the undergraduate Ethics and Law unit. Holly has a specialist interest in organ and tissue donation and has worked for ACT Health as the ACT Organ and Tissue Donor Coordinator.

Laura is a passionate advocate for wiki collaboration. She notes on her Wikipedia user page that “I am not a WikiMedia Foundation (WMF) employee or intern, nor am I based in WMF offices or affiliated with them in any official capacity. I just love the idea of sharing knowledge and trying to help people”. She has a particular interest in women and sport. I have found Laura’s work on gender issues in wiki production to be particularly thought provoking.

I am looking forward to supporting the development of the wiki resource and note that news of it will be shared with the tag #CCare.

Photo Credit

Critical Care – An attentive nurse and a lot of machines that go “ping”