By: Lucy Little
Whilst there is often a sense of comfort and reliability when opening a book, brochure or leaflet there is the risk that the information has already been updated.
In the arena of nursing the complexities of work location (rural and remote), shift patterns, available technology and workplace firewalls all place an added challenge. The information being accessed must not solely need Wi-Fi access or similarly need a 4G full bar signal. It should not take up a mountain of download data, rely on fast data transfer speeds or only available if you have the latest smartphone/tablet/PC/Mac.
Advancements in the world of computing, programming, software and hardware means there is no greater time to utilise these available resources. In saying this, there is the need to remain mindful that considerations for those accessing the information are acknowledged.
With the above in mind, the use of interactive manuals and brochures is one way forward. Unlike an internet/web based format, the interactive manual is a reference source that can easily be updated by the administrator. It can address different learning styles in a variety of formats from text, diagrams, colour use, simulation, video/media clips, interactive/downloadable forms and most importantly you are in control of what you want to access.
The information can form part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in relation to your nursing role either directly, or via reflective practice. Your CPD portfolio is your greatest nursing asset and this is just one way to contribute to it without the complexities of travelling to a workshop/conference or attending workshops.
For those that are reading this and have already started to say no and switch off…. don’t. If you can access Facebook, email or your online banking then you are way beyond a novice level.
As nurses we are in a position to have our say in the creation of a format that works for us. NPAQ is giving us that opportunity by working with us as a professional association, advocate and most importantly by actively listening.