Health Professions Education Center
The HPEC is currently involved in a number of unique and innovative projects, collaborating with faculty in the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and Hunter College Schools of the Health Professions. In line with its mission, the HPEC is committed to bringing Hunter students and faculty to the forefront of the latest cutting edge technology by frequently spearheading the acquisition and development of new instructional programs and academic initiatives. The following are just a sample of our current and recently completed collaborative projects.
Coming Soon to Hunter College: Telepractice
The HPEC and the Hunter College Center for Communication Disorders are working together to bring Telepractice to Hunter College (CUNY). In the face of budget cuts and a national shortage of speech-language clinicians, medical practices and schools are struggling to meet the expressive and receptive communication needs of its patients/clients.
With Telepractice, the speech-language pathologist will be able to connect with clients to work towards improving their communication.T he Hunter College Center for Communication Disorders is exploring Telepractice as it trains graduate students to enter the changing spectrum of speech-language pathology practice. All of healthcare is in a dynamic age of electronics, and Telepractice is one of the ways Hunter College seeks to serve its mission in training tomorrow?s healthcare professionals.
For more information on Hunter's initiative and telepractice, please see the article attached.
iPad Pedagogy Learners' User Group (iPLUG)
The HPEC along with the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing have created an iPad Pedagogy Learners' User Group (iPLUG) as a forum for the exploration and review of health care applications available for the iPad. Centered around nursing education, the iPLUG is a community comprised of faculty and staff that encourages members to discover, share, test and evaluate medical applications for future integration into the Hunter College nursing curriculum.
The vision of the iPLUG program is to create a repository of knowledge of emerging health care technologies and applications for use in classrooms and clinical settings. With knowledge gathered from the user group, faculty will learn to incorporate iPads in their teaching and provide students with hands-on, interactive tools to develop critical skills required for nursing practice.
Update: On January 24th, 2013, the iPad Pedagogy Learners' User Group (iPLUG) successfully used iPads to connect remotely to a meeting held at the HPEC. iPLUG members are now researching mobile apps, just like ones found on the Mobile Apps & Devices of our Tech Trends Page. We continue to be amazed by the versatile educational applicabilities of the iPad and are eager to incorporate them within the Nursing curricula.
"The Near Miss," An Electronic Learning Module
The HPEC is developing a series of Computer-Assisted Instructional Packages (CAIs) for student use and study. "The Near Miss," produced by Shawn McGinniss and HPEC Director Martin Dornbaum, features Ms. Alla Vasilenko in a highly probable and potentially life-threatening situation between patient and nurse. Using animations and audio cues, the program encourages nursing students to begin thinking about medication errors in the workplace and ways to prevent them. "The Near Miss," along with other new electronic learning modules, will soon be available on all HPEC workstations for student and faculty viewing.
Faculty Innovations in Teaching with Technology (FITT) Projects
Congratulations to Alexandra Plavskin, MSN, RN and Manuel C. Co Jr., MSN, MS, RN, CPHIMS on receiving the 2012 FITT award for their innovative technology project proposals.
Faculty Innovations in Teaching with Technology (FITT) is a selective program for faculty that supports innovative ways of incorporating technology in teaching and learning. The program promotes creative pedagogical approaches to using familiar technologies (such as Blackboard) and the inclusion of less familiar technologies that enable students to learn in new ways. For further details, see the FITT website.
The HPEC looks forward to working with both awardees on their future projects.
New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences (NYSIM)
The New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences, created through a partnership of The City University of New York and NYU Langone Medical Center, is one of the nation's largest urban health science simulation training facility. This state-of-the-art, 25,000-square foot Center, is located within Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Ave. The facility's primary mission is training the students and at the affiliated nursing, medical, dental and allied health schools of NYU and CUNY as well as the residents, and practicing physicians and nurses at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Training of those who will be first responders to disasters in NYC is also a part of the mission of the Center.
The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing students and faculty are looking forward to working in the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences.
For more information about the NYSIM please visit their website.
Additional Pictures of Hunter Faculty and PT Students at NYSIM
Hunter Nurses' First Days at NYSIM
The Center for Health, Media and Policy (CHMP) at Hunter College
The Center for Health, Media and Policy at Hunter College is an interdisciplinary initiative for advancing the health of the public and healthy public policies. CHMP is a catalyst for shaping crucial conversations about heath and health care through media, research, education, and public forums. Founded and co-directed by Dr. Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Ms. Barbara Glickstein, MPH, MS, RN, the CHMP supports such projects as the Healthstyles Radio station (WBAI-NY 99.5FM), Media and Leadership Training, as well as providing the public with a first glance at new film and media.
HPEC Director, Martin Dornbaum, is a Senior Fellow at the CHMP and is looking forward to a close collaboration between the two Centers. HPEC will be working with members of the CHMP in supporting projects that promote the health of the public.
Click here for more information on the Healthstyles Radio station (WBAI-NY 99.5 FM).
To learn more about the CHMP, please visit their website.
Envision Health: Film & New Media Series
The HPEC is a proud co-sponsor of CHMP's Envision Health: Film & New Media Series, an interdisciplinary initiative that brings together health, film and new media for community engagement. Envision Health links filmmaking to social change by leveraging the power of media to engage a diverse group of people and communities in NYC in crucial conversations that can advance the health of the public and healthy public policies. For upcoming and past events and screenings please click here.
Johnson & Johnson's Campaign for Nursing's Future with Dr. Donna Nickitas
The HPEC is happy to be working with Dr. Donna Nickitas and Johnson & Johnson's Campaign for Nursing's Future.
Keep on the lookout for the Nurse Educator: Narratives by Nurses film series as they will be available soon for online viewing!
Click here to read Johnson & Johnson's newsletter, "Nursing Notes," featuring a transcript of the interview with Dr. Nickitas. See also, Short Takes: Narratives by Nurses.
To learn more about Johnson & Johnson's Campaign for Nursing's Future, please visit their website.
Update: Congratulations to Dr. Donna Nickitas on being featured in Nurses: If Florence Could See Us Now, a new film by Kathy Douglas. The film offers viewers a glimpse into the intricate, exciting and demanding world of being a nurse. Nurses from all over the country were interviewed for the film to share their moving stories.
NYC Nursing Education Consortium in Technology (NYCNECT)
NYCNECT is a 5-year, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded mechanism for the Faculty Development: Integrated Technology into Nursing Education and Practice Initiative (Faculty Development: ITNEP). Led by principal investigator, Dr. Joyce Griffin-Sobel, CUNY faculty will receive hands-on instruction in innovative pedagogy, healthcare simulation, informatics, and telehealth. By creating a consortium of all CUNY nursing schools and increasing faculty expertise in these areas, NYCNECT will prepare nursing students for 21st century health care practice and contribute to the reduction of health disparities in under-served populations by preparing a diverse, culturally competent nursing workforce.
Martin Dornbaum is the Technology Director and serves on the internal advisory board for NYCNECT. Additionally, he is a content author for online learning modules on mobile devices and on integrating instructional technology into nursing curricula. The HPEC assists project staff in hosting interactive seminars for NYCNECT faculty trainees. HPEC is also assisting NYCNECT in setting up videoconferencing spaces for interacting with nursing faculty at other CUNY sites.
For further information and applications, please visit the NYCNECT website.
Attached is a brief message from Dr. Donna Nickitas, the new Program Director of the NYCNECT Project: "To Nurse Transformers and Friends".
Photos from August 20, 2012
Photos from February 2, 2012: NYCNECT at NYSIM
Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC)
Located in the Weill Cornell Medical College, the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) set out to move translational research seamlessly from bench to bedside and to the community. The CTSC acts as a conduit through which essential resources, technological tools and education programs for all partners can be efficiently shared and managed.
The CTSC supports provides a multi-institutional collection of resources and service providers to assist researchers from the creation of interdisciplinary research teams, to protocol design and development, through implementation, compliance, and publication of results. Their multi-institutional consortium includes: Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, Cornell University, Hospital for Special Surgery, Hunter Center for Study of Gene Structure and Function, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.
Working closely with faculty on their research initiatives, Mr. Martin Dornbaum, (HPEC Director) serves as Technology Consultant between the Hunter College Schools of the Health Professions and the CTSC.
For more information about the CTSC please visit their website.
Integrating Trans-disciplinary Education at Cornell Hunter (ITEACH)
The ITEACH grant, a collaboration between Weill Cornell College of Medicine and Hunter College (Nursing, Public Health, and Social Work), aims to create an innovative trans-disciplinary experiential educational program in simulated and community based settings that:
- Provides regularly scheduled service-learning activities
- Exposes students from each of the participating health professions to experiential learning in high quality health care team collaboration
- Identifies opportunities to develop multi-level interventions that can address environmental influences on patient health and the health of communities.
Students from these health professional schools will be immersed in community-based learning environments that currently include working with public health practitioners, physicians, nurses, and social workers in order to shape their professional identities and learn norms and values of behaviors in their own and in other health professions.
Attached is a brief message from Barbara Glickstein, the new Program Director of the ITEACH Project: Read more here.
The HPEC is looking forward to working with all participants of the ITEACH program.
Link to ITEACH Canvas Site
ITEACH Photos: Last Class 2012
High Speed Access to Communication Sciences Clinical Evaluation Tapes
The HPEC is working with the Communication Sciences Program to provide students with new resources for their studies. Over 100 clinical observation videos are now available for viewing on a high speed media carousel at the HPEC.
These videos will allow students to gain a broad exposure to various communication disorders and disabilities and cover many topics including but not limited to language, articulation, fluency, swallowing, voice, hearing, cognition, social skills, and augmentative communication.
Partnerships to Enhance Nursing Education in Haiti
Eighty-seven percent of the health care in rural Haiti is provided by nurses or nursing aides, who do not have the requisite training to provide the care they are called on to give. The Partnerships Conference aims to develop nursing education programs that can be implemented and expedited to allow Haitian residents to receive the care they need. The goals of the program include: Creating effective partnerships between North American schools of nursing and Haitian schools of nursing, coordinating efforts of North American schools of nursing who are working in Haiti by standardizing curriculum and developing expedited programs, and formalizing the accreditation process so that minimum requirements for all schools are uniform.
The HPEC is working with The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, the Haitian Nursing Association, and Promoting Health in Haiti to provide support for Haitian schools of nursing. Promoting Health in Haiti was founded to provide support and create collaborations between North American and Haitian schools, in order to develop Bachelor's and Master's level nursing education; so that nurses will have the training they need to provide the complex care they are called on to deliver, in hospitals and in outpatient settings.
Over the past few years, Hunter faculty members have traveled to Haiti to gain a better understanding of the current status of the schools of nursing and to further develop the program. For information on these trips, please click here and visit the Promoting Health in Haiti
Past Events Album
Pictures From Gala:
Becoming Excellent Scholars in Transition (BESt 4.0)
The BESt 4.0 Program, a HRSA funded Workforce Diversity grant, offers pre-entry preparation and retention activities for students interested in careers in nursing and the health professions.
The mission of the BESt 4.0 program is to facilitate the transition of financially and educationally disadvantaged students into and through the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (HBSON). Students focus on achieving careers as baccalaureate nurses in service to New York City's neediest communities. Students from Manhattan Hunter Science High School (MHSHS), Hunter College, and HBSON participate in educational activities that prepare them for careers in the nursing profession. Participants are exposed to fundamental resources and course work vital for success. Workshops geared towards improving academic performance and culturally competent health care practices are part of the eight week high school academy and college pre-entry prep program. Students engage in mentoring relationships in preparation for the rigorous collegiate experience and also learn foundational skills crucial for career preparation. Stipends and scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate determination, dedication, and commitment to academic success. Pre-entry preparation, retention activities, tutoring and counseling are other components implemented by the BESt 4.0 program.
HPEC assists the School of Nursing in determining appropriate learning resources for BESt students. The HPEC computer lab has MathMedia educational software that provides BESt students with a comprehensive review in mathematics. Additional instructional DVD series are also available in our media collection through the BESt 4.0 program.Past Events
Community Engagement with Nursing and Science (CENS)
The HPEC is working with the Hunter College School of Nursing and Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Clinical and Translational Science Center (WCMC CTSC) to support a new two-year Community Engagement with Nursing and Science (CENS) program. Kristine Gebbie, DrPh, RN, former Dean of the Hunter College School of Nursing partnered with WCMC CTSC to lead the research project that aims to boost student interest in nursing and other allied health professions.
CENS provides new training opportunities to the next generation of clinical and translational scientists specifically focusing on promoting nursing research as a career. Through this program, high school students among minority groups that are traditionally under-represented in health careers are offered mentorship, after-school activities, and summer research internships in scientific research. This pioneering program aspires to create new jobs while increasing student exposure to health careers and research as a contribution to the health of the community.
Grid Computing with Rockefeller University
In collaboration with Rockefeller University, the HPEC is assisting in research and biostatistical analysis projects by linking many of its computers to Rockefeller University's grid computing system.Grid-based Web-services for multivariate u-statistics or 'µStat', is a novel biostatistical approach for analysis of complex semi-quantitative data. Most statistical methods currently used in clinical and translational research are based on the linear model and, thus, have shortcomings when applied to nonlinear biological systems. Previous work on partially ordered data by Dr. Knut Wittkowski, combined with his theoretical results and computational strategies, has opened a new field of nonparametric statistics. µStat allows for detecting adverse event (AE) profiles, advanced phenotyping, and comprehensive analysis of genetic / genomic / proteomic data. The first applications available to both internal and external users at the Rockefeller University Hospital Website are: (1) An alternative to the TDT, one of the most widely used tests in establishing genetic linkage. The alternative test yields superior analysis results in some cases of linkage. (2) Spreadsheets for teaching and analysis of small data sets, with extensions of the u- and Gehan test to multivariate data, (3) Access to a grid server that enables screening for epistatic sets of SNPs and gene expression profiles, and (4) A Bioconductor module for detecting and masking small blemishes on microarrays.
The Rockefeller University Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) proposes to take a lead role in developing a National Clinical Phenotyping System under the auspices of the Biomedical Informatics Subcommittee of the National CTSA Consortium Steering Committee. Web-based clinical phenotyping ontologies connected to databases for many diseases and biologic processes will be made available to qualified investigators who will be able to use the core structure and adapt it for their unique needs.
Using Digital Video to Assess and Engage Communities about Urban Health
Together with Professor Jessie Daniels, the HPEC is working to bring digital video technology to aid in research to improve urban health.Using digital flip cameras to conduct and record interviews with communities about health issues, the goals of the project are:
- Enabling faculty to incorporate the latest digital video technologies into research about urban public health
- Engaging urban communities in assessing their own health needs and actively participate in constructing research agendas that addresses those needs
- Educating graduate and undergraduate students in the use and potential of the latest digital video technologies
Research strategies include making advocacy videos and documentary films that raise public awareness about health and using digital video to record and observe patterns and features in the urban environment that may affect health, such as health-damaging pollution and other hazards. In addition, researchers may use products created with digital video technologies to advocate for policy changes that can improve the public's health.
Personal Digital Assistants
HPEC is working to provide nursing students at Hunter College with access to the most up-to-date medical resources. Utilizing Unbound Medicine's wireless, web-based technology platforms and medical applications, the HPEC is connecting students to the latest information. These programs, aimed for use on PDAs and other handheld devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, allow students to gain experience with new technology that supports evidence-based care and decision making. With current information at their fingertips, students will be able to enhance patient safety, reduce medical errors and better plan care using reliable data.Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing has a site license for the Nursing Central software package from Unbound Medicine. Students, faculty and adjunct faculty have full free access to this package after an initial registration on a computer in the School of Nursing. After the registration, users can download the package to their computer and handheld device from home. All students must have a PDA, mobile device or smart phone for access to the Nursing Central Unbound Medicine package. Most handheld devices will accommodate the Unbound Medicine package.
For more detailed information on the Nursing Central Software Package from Unbound Medicine, click here.
Nursing Simulation Education—SimMan®
Simulation technology provides an immersive interactive learning environment and places nursing students into life-like role-playing situations in medicine where they can apply clinical techniques learned in the classroom on robotic simulator “patients.” Using the SimMan Universal Simulator system, various software modules help create common patient-caregiver scenarios based upon a number of health conditions, ranging from a healthy patient to a terminally ill patient. The SimMan mannequins are extremely lifelike, featuring realistic breathing patterns, heartbeats, pulse and blood-pressure reading points, and allow nursing students to practice many clinical procedures in a simulated bedside environment.
At Hunter, simulation technology is fast becoming an integral part of the nursing curriculum. HPEC helped research and launch simulation technology with the School of Nursing and helped design the layout of the lab and placement of equipment. HPEC works with nursing lab staff to provide ongoing technical support. Simulation technology continues to be a great success, training the next generation of nurses.
A Step Further In Nursing Simulation Education: Advance Video Systems
In cooperation with the Nursing Laboratory Staff, the HPEC has recently enhanced the debriefing aspects of simulations, with the installments of Laerdal's Advance Video System (AVS).
The AVS simplifies the delivery and presentation of scenario debriefing by providing instructors with a tool to review all student assessments, therapies, patient interactions, critical thinking skills, and communication skills. Students will benefit from observing the impact of their actions or inactions. Debriefing with AVS accurately replays scenarios and show what occurred, as opposed to student perceptions of what occurred.
It automatically integrates data from up to four video cameras, a microphone, and patient monitoring with the event log from any of Laerdal's Advanced Patient Simulators, creating a debriefing file that is easy to review with students, manage, and share. The AVS can also be integrated into your simulation center's Local Area Network, allowing simulations to be viewed throughout your facility. With all these new features, the HPEC is integrating the latest technologies to further improve the education of our nurses.
Electronic Medical Records Technology
HPEC is working with the School of Nursing to bring electronic
medical records technology to the campus. Using Cerner, a PowerChart
electronic record viewing system designed for nursing education,
faculty will be able to seamlessly integrate electronic patient records and data into their courses, allowing their students access to
simulated patient charts, clinical notes and diagnoses, and treatment
histories. Students can edit and add information to patient records as
needed and practice using the system, providing them with more skills
hands-on training for when they enter the workforce.
Cerner can now be accessed from all the computers within the HPEC. A user guide is available for students and faculty to become more familiar with the Cerner system.
Research in HIV Intervention: Skills for the Community (RHISC)
The Center for Community and Urban Health (CCUH) has founded an NIMH-funded, 3-year summer training institute and mentoring program to advance the research careers of 8 early-career academic faculty and advanced degree health service professionals from the CUNY system and greater New York City metropolitan area. RHISC consists of three years of six-week summer training institutes in addition to year-round mentoring to provide Fellows with a complement of skills enabling them to become federally funded researchers in youth, community, family and HIV. Mentoring faculty at Hunter will provide seminars on grant writing, designing research plans and effective community-based interventions, oversight and management of research projects, field operations, data analysis, and dissemination.
HPEC is working closely with RHISC Faculty Mentors and RHISC Fellows to ensure the successful incorporation of media and technology into their projects and summer institute seminars.
Learning Enhancement Opportunities (LEO)
HPEC supports the Learning Enhancement Opportunities (LEO) project, a multifaceted approach to enhance learning opportunities for nursing students studying for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). This project includes a series of online tests, computer tutorials and advisement sessions.
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Ongoing Equipment Upgrades at HunterHPEC worked with ICIT to install computers, projectors, and other audiovisual equipment in multiple classrooms at Brookdale. We will continue to provide upgrades as we acquire better equipment, such as projectors with higher intensity output, new displays, and upgraded instructor computers. For more information on Smart and Enhanced Classrooms at Brookdale, see our classroom comparison chart.
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Health Professions Education Center
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