BCIT Bachelor of Science in Nursing program recognized for Excellence in Open Education

Congratulations to the BCIT Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program for receiving the BCcampus Award for Excellence in Open Education. As an award recipient, the BCIT BSN program is recognized for its instrumental role in developing nursing open educational resources (OER). This contributed to a number of OER projects over the past two years, including a major textbook adaptation, four virtual simulations, and six skills videos.

BCIT Bachelor of Science in Nursing program honourees

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is committed to educating and equipping learners to graduate with the expertise and capabilities to work in a multitude of healthcare settings across BC. With funding from BCcampus, BCIT BSN instructors have taken on complex and innovative projects to provide much needed resources to support the learning needs of all nursing students across the province.

As part the nursing skills video project, four BSN instructors developed six videos that demonstrate complex skills nursing students need to learn and practice, such as how to bathe a newborn or perform a postpartum assessment. BCIT Nursing instructors who contributed their subject-matter expertise to these videos are Anna Kornienko, Inderdeep Grewal, Robyn Bernsen, and Amy Middleton. Indispensable to the project were two staff members from the BCIT Learning and Teaching Centre: Michele Bridge, Instructional Development Consultant, and Ian Whittlesey, Video and Digital Media Producer. Despite the evolving nature of the COVID-19 restrictions during the project, this team managed to work within pandemic protocols to develop high-quality instructional videos that can be used throughout the province.

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Another project developed by members of this program is the Nursing Virtual Case Studies collection, which consists of four virtual case studies that use interactive H5P activities. This project, led by Amanda Egert and Adrianna D’Ilio, is a resource to teach nursing students clinical decision-making and judgement. The case studies are contextualized in acute care and community settings across BC and were developed to be standalone, so they can be used completely independently of each other. As these case studies are openly licensed, faculty can easily replicate and adapt them to localize the examples for their learners’ context.

Another project highlight is the forthcoming major adaptation of the open textbook Nursing Pharmacology, which was originally published by Chippewa Valley Technical College in Wisconsin. Manu Gill, Manager, Academic Planning and Quality Assurance, and Nursing instructors Kimberly Lee and Amanda Egert localized the book to a BC and Canadian context, including standards of practice, professional standards, laws and ethics, measurements, and generic names. In addition, the team adapted the focus of the text to be concept-based and include clinical judgement. They also created and added approximately 100 open-sourced medication cards.

See the original story from BCcampus. Special thanks to Krista Lambert, Open Education Project Manager, BCcampus, for this nomination.

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