Book review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Its been hard, as a Doctor of Nursing Practice student, to blog as often as I would like. Its been even harder to read books as often as I would like.

Thankfully I had the opportunity to read a wonderful book as part of my doctoral level genetics course. Though initially I thought “how will I have the time to read a book!?”, I found that once I picked up this book I could not put it down and had finished it in two days. To be honest, I plan to read it again after the semester is completed, and look forward to watching the movie. I wrote a review of the book for my course, and post it here for your enjoyment. I would love to someday require my own nursing students to read this book.

“Henrietta’s cells have now been living outside her body far longer than they ever lived inside it”           

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, is a compelling story of the woman behind the HeLa cell line, her life, and her family. The HeLa cell line came from a cancerous tumor which was removed from Henrietta Lacks in 1951 and used in research without her knowledge or consent. The HeLa cell line has been critical to virology, biology, and genetics for decades, contributing to advances such as the polio vaccine, chemotherapy, gene mapping, and in vitro fertilization.

The author draws the reader in by revealing several stories at once; her journey to uncover the truth about Henrietta’s cells, her challenges and budding relationships with Henrietta’s descendants, and the life and early death of Henrietta Lacks. Vacillating between stories, the reader ventures to hospitals, a sanitarium, an old plantation, biological labs, funerals, a one-time flourishing community for steel mill workers, and more. The reader meets gripping characters of diverse cultures whose lives intersected through the HeLa cell line. Intertwined throughout the story are issues of healthcare equity, poverty, power, and racial discrimination.

The book culminates with a discussion of several cases that have shaped our laws around scientific research and protection of human subjects. It raises more questions than it provides answers on issues surrounding profits from biologic materials and who has the right to an individual’s cells.

This is the rare non-fiction book that makes for riveting recreational reading for anyone. It also makes for meaningful required reading for genetics, biology, sociology, humanities, bioethics, nursing, medical, or any course that delves into issues of race and class equity. For a genetics or biology course, students journey through the history of these burgeoning fields at a time when Lacks’ unwitting contribution to research established the foundational knowledge upon which  decades of breakthroughs are based. For a sociology or humanities course, it is an intricate case study on how inequities in access affect families for generations. For bioethics, nursing, medical, and other healthcare professional students, it sparks introspection on healthcare practices that enable inequities, and illuminates significant ethical issues in healthcare and research.

For any reader, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot is an interesting, educational, and compelling read.

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The 5 Rights of Twitter Administration

We’ve all seen it; that incredibly inappropriate tweet on some major organization’s Twitter feed that is incredibly embarrassing and loses the media manager his/her job. People wonder, how can that happen? Those of us who run multiple Twitter accounts know how easily it can happen. I, for one, have feared it for a long time and because of that, have been very, very careful.

You see, I manage 4 different accounts. There’s my personal account, where I prattle on about my kids, but mostly I get very, very political. Then there’s my professional account, where I talk about nursing, midwifery, autism… pretty much everything you’ll find on this blog. Then there’s a well-known non-partisan organization for which I am social media manager for one of the local chapters, and last there’s a small organization which I started myself and is just getting off the ground.

Well, it happened. In my laughter over a hilarious political post I quickly retweeted it and walked away, only to realize hours later that I had posted it to my new community organization’s account. Eek! Thankfully I was able to quickly delete it, and none of my 9 Twitter followers seemed to notice =)

But it could have been way worse. I could have really embarrassed myself, or worse, a well-respected organization. So how can I keep this from happening in the future? The nurse educator in me was pretty grateful I could just delete the tweet. I often tell my students that you can’t undo a medication error, as I drill the “5 Rights of Medication Administration” into their head. These rights are important checks they should be doing every time they administer a medication. Now you may be thinking that there is a technological solution for my problem, and there may be, but even with every technological solution under the sun we are still the last line of defense against an error. We should have a system we go through, each and every time, to prevent them.

Here are the 5 rights of medication administration:

Right Patient

Right Drug

Right Dose

Right Route

Right Time

So here’s what I plan to do before I tweet or retweet, each and every time from now on:

Right Patient- Am I sending this to the right account?

Right Drug- is this really important for my followers? Is it relevant to them and their time be well-spent reading it? is it a well-crafted message and is it free from spelling errors?

Right Dose- Is it as concise a message as possible? If I’ve already said it elsewhere or in another way, do I need to repeat it? Did I use the best hashtag(s)?

Right Route- Is Twitter really the best place for this message, or would it be better placed on LinkedIn, Instagram, or a members-only email?

Right Time- Is this the best time to get my message out to the largest audience or should I plan to publish it in the future?

So there you have it. The advice from a geek nurse on how to improve your Twitter administration and save yourself from some future embarrassment. Just be thankful that with Twitter you can’t kill anyone!

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Family Rituals

When taking a class required for a program, you don’t always find it very relevant. Last semester, however, I took a graduate level Family Nursing course towards my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  I was excited by how relevant it was to begin with, and couldn’t believe how even more relevant it became over the course of the semester.

During this past semester my father was in the ICU for 8 days on a ventilator before he died.  About 4 weeks later my mother ended up in the ICU for a few days (from which she has gratefully recovered).  Before I knew it I wasn’t just studying family nursing, I was also living it.  I got a first hand look at how important family cohesion is during times of crisis. I also saw all too well how health care professionals can positively or negatively effect families in medical crisis.

What follows is a discussion post I wrote for my online course, entirely as it was written for the course. Who knew it would make a good blog post?

So much of what we know about families as nurses builds upon knowledge from the varying social and behavioral sciences. We are blessed that with our holistic view of the human, we can learn from these important disciplines to assess, intervene, and also research.

Research on family resilience, cohesion, and rituals are rooted in the social sciences, with nursing research in support of its use by nurses. The best example I can give of the use of a ritual by a family to reduce suffering during a time of crisis is from my own family with the recent death of my father. His nighttime ritual when we were growing up was to say to us “goodnight, sleep tight, and dream of a happy, sunny day tomorrow”. This was something I started doing with my own kids at a young age, and brought me much joy to pass that along from my own childhood.  Whenever they had the opportunity (my father lived in Phoenix), he would say it to my children and they all loved it.

The night before his recent surgery, we Skyped together and that was the last thing he said to them. We didn’t know it at the time but it was ultimately the last words he ever said to my children. My father awoke from surgery and was very cognitively aware, but spent his final 8 days before his death intubated and on a ventilator. From the point I arrived in Phoenix (day 4 post-op), I called my kids each night and put them on speaker phone so they could say “goodnight, sleeptight, and dream of a happy sunny day tomorrow” to my dad. He clearly understood and it brought him great joy. I hope my children retain positive memories of this, as it was also the final words they said to him.

My sister and I were in the room when he coded, and the whole family had time with him after he was gone. I don’t remember what the actual last words I said to him were while he was still alive (nor could I possibly know the last that he heard), but those were the final words I said to him before we left his ICU room that night.

While we often think of the big holidays or family vacations as the ‘rituals’ that promote family cohesion, we should not forget the importance of the little things that can bring joy and comfort to families. Small things can bring great memories.

Final page of The Sunshine Book by Helen Frederico

Final page of The Sunshine Book by Helen Frederico

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How do you self-identify?

I’ve had the interesting opportunity to talk to a variety of families over the last few months. In assessing their family structure and function, I have started to ask a very interesting question of each of the members of the family: “tell me all of the ways in which you self-identify”.

Now before you read any further I encourage you to stop and think about how you would answer this question. Take your time and write it down.

Don’t peek ahead until you’ve done it. Done? Great.

Now look at your list and reflect on what you wrote. What do you think about how you self-identify?

I’ve found the question rather interesting. I’ve asked family members across the lifespan and I’ve asked students.  Its almost as interesting what people don’t say as much as what they do say.

One astute individual noticed that we often identify ourselves solely on the basis of how we relate to others. Take a look at your list. Did it include things like mother, son, wife, or husband? Is there anything on the list that isn’t dependent on your relationship to others?

After allowing people to answer this question without giving any examples, I then follow up with some more specific questions.

What else made it on your list? Do you strongly identify with your cultural or ethnic background?  What about your gender, sexual identity or preference? Religion?

One astute man, once I asked his gender, sexual preference, gender identity, and ethnic/ cultural background said “its funny that I didn’t say white, heterosexual, cisgender man. I guess its a bit of a privilege to not have to identify as those things”.

A few of my other favorite responses include an 11 year-old boy who said “autistic boy who loves math”, and his 5 year-old sister who was so excited to have her turn to respond: “princess!”.

For me, the revelation came in noticing that I listed “advocate”. Though I’ve never been asked that question before, I’m not sure it would have made it to my list previously. While I think I’ve probably been an advocate for awhile, its only something I’ve come to embrace over the last few years. I’m kind of glad I have, though ultimately I think it only makes me feel much more responsible to act on injustices. Sigh.

Ask those around you this question. I think you’ll find it as interesting as I did… and if you’re so inclined, share some of your responses or reflections in the comments.

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Autism Awareness vs. Autistic Acceptance

It’s mid-April, so by now you’ve seen calls for Autism Awareness with splashes of blue everywhere you turn.  This is especially true if you are embedded, as I am, in the world of children’s autism.

The past few months I have ventured into the adult’s autism world, and let me tell you, it is a completely different place.

See, in the world of children’s autism, professionals and parents are the ones with the voice. It’s a world where neurotypicals or allistic (those not on the autism spectrum) speak for those ‘with autism’, and they speak about autism in a particular way.

It’s a world where they speak of being ‘aware’ of autism, where they ‘light it up blue’, and raise money to ‘combat’ autism. It’s a place where they say things like: “When you say ‘person with autism’ you acknowledge that they are a person first”.  They label the girl a ‘hero’ who agrees to go to the prom with an autistic boy.

All of these thing unwittingly perpetuate stigmas about ‘people with autism’. They make accepting autistic people an anomaly it doesn’t have to be. There must be something wrong with being autistic if referring to someone that way makes them less than human, right? It’s a world where they (understandably) fear for their children and the challenges they will face because they know how ruthless the world can be. Yet in trying to ‘combat’ autism, and while parading their children around on the track before a baseball game, they perpetuate language and attitudes that make the world more difficult to be autistic.  Oddly, the world of children’s autism is a world that completely ignores the fact that autistic children grow up to be autistic adults… and autistic adults have a very different perspective on autism.

If everyone could spend some time listening to independent autistic adults, as I have these last few months, they would start to hear something very different; some things they’ve been saying for a long time.

What you’ll hear is they need a lot less ‘awareness’ of autism, and a lot more acceptance of autistics. You can’t separate the autism from the human. Autism isn’t breast cancer; we don’t need awareness, cute symbols, and walks for prevention. Autism is one of the many forms of human existence and expression that makes us individuals. It makes us the same as some and different from others, but most importantly: uniquely ourselves. It is being brunette, or Irish, or dark-skinned, or introverted, or cisgender, or hyper, or social, or easy-going, or blonde, or Jewish, or curly-haired, or ambidextrous, or balding, or gay, or… It’s a world that needs a lot of work to learn to accept those who are different.

I am grateful to the autistic adults who for the last few months have trusted me to come into their world and show me how amazing adult autistic life can be.  They have allowed me into their homes and social groups and shared with me their strengths, challenges, and joys.  I have met parents, computer scientists, high school students, singles, veterans, teachers, pet owners, graduate students, single mothers…

It is a challenging world, as it is for allistics. Yet autistic adults who have taken the time to really learn about autism have a self-awareness and understanding of others worthy of all of our envy.  We should be grateful for the wide range of human expression, as we have much to continue to learn from each other.

I have changed my own language; from one of awareness to one of acceptance. I have changed my perspective as well. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is that I have a lot to learn and a lot more work to do.

Let’s come together to accept those, ALL of those, who are different from ourselves; whether it’s hair color, sexuality, temperament, physical ability, personality types, neurocognition….

Autism awareness or autistic acceptance; that’s what the clash of these two campaigns really comes down to. I choose to accept people for who they are. So no blue for me, no puzzle pieces. I will work for a world where my son can grow up with acceptance for who he is, and with his needs met for inclusion and success.

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AWHONN Conference 2015, Long Beach

I’m back from another blogging hiatus, and feeling motivated after a fantastic and energizing conference.  I love conferences!

This was my first conference with AWHONN, and by far the biggest of any conference I have attended.  When I saw how big it was I was a little nervous of having come by myself.  Its easy to feel small and alone in a crowd like that! It ended up just fine of course.

No matter where I went in Long Beach I ran into fellow (and easily identifiable) conference attendees. Before I knew it I had a walking buddy to my hotel, a different lunch buddy, some folks to chat with on the Queen Mary (a gorgeous ship and wonderful tour, btw), etc. It was fun. Though I was able to go where and when I wanted to, I wasn’t really alone unless I truly wanted to be.

One of the things I appreciated about this conference was the balance between having sufficient sessions and getting breaks. It was very well done.

Besides wanting to learn what I could about my specialty for both my full time teaching job and my per-diem birth center (RN) job, I also wanted to scope out DNP programs and consider project ideas. I would say I was very successful in both areas! Because of the exhibit hall I have a few options for programs that I never would have thought of, and ideas-and perhaps more importantly- networks for a number of different projects that energize me.

I intend for my next few blog posts to be about the sessions that I found most interesting,  valuable,  memorable, or relevant for me.

Nursing errors: I know nurses are human. I think we need to forgive ourselves for that, and better understand why we make mistakes in order to prevent them. Also we need to change how we respond when people make mistakes. Take a look at “Just Culture” for one of my many ideas for a DNP project. More to come in another post.

NitrousOxide for labor (and other uses): we are using this where I work at the Minnesota Birth Center. I am only still learning but grateful women have this option.  Because the birth centers are using it it is catching on like wild fire in the Twin Cities.  I expect my project will be too late for hospital implementation, though I may look at working with a clinic to use it for IUD placement,  colposcopy, etc. More to come in another post.

Resuscitation with the cord intact: also something we already do in the birth center. It was one of my biggest frustrations as a practicing hospital midwife; having to cut a baby off from its own blood and oxygen supply in order to move it and administer oxygen. This is another thing I would love to work with a hospital to implement.   More to come in another post.

BirthTOOLS: an evidence-based website for promoting physiologic birth;  put together by the American College of Nurse-Midwives and partners. I have a lot more reading to do to understand the full picture on this site, but it appears to be a one-stop shop for evidence-based practice protocols, decision support tools, and quality improvement tools; all related to promoting “normal”, or “physiologic”, or “optimal” birth in hospital units. More to come in another post.

I enjoyed this conference very much and highly recommend it. Next year its in Grapevine, TX (near DFW). Its hard for me to get to out of state conferences, but I definitely plan to make it to another AWHONN conference.  Who knows… maybe some day soon I’ll be presenting on the successful implementation of my DNP project! 😉

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NLN Technology Conference 2013

Last weekend I attended the NLN Technology conference in Philadelphia, on the campus of Thomas Jefferson University.  It was a great weekend with experts in technology from all over the nursing education landscape.  There were many great sessions relating to the 4 main topics: simulation, e-learning, telehealth, and informatics.

There was an attempt by a few of us to bring Twitter into the conversation at this conference.  There was some conversation, and I hope to see this continue to grow and expand.  Here are the tweets from the conference, in reverse chronological order.

JeffNurseEdOct 27, 3:17pm via Twitter for iPhone

We are ignited! Great conference, great speakers and presenters and ideas #NLNTechConf #innovationJSNfaculty

NursingTheIssueOct 27, 9:01am via HootSuite

Nursing CEU’s are available by MOOC’s (particularly by JHU)#NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 27, 8:12am via HootSuite

“The Science of Safety in Healthcare” from John’s Hopkins U via Coursera #NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 27, 8:04am via HootSuite

Talking about MOOC’s with John’s Hopkins #NLNTechConf

JaniceHobbaOct 27, 8:01am via Twitter for iPhone

Final day in Philadelphia-learning new technology advances in education #NLNTechConf

CPMRCmichelleOct 26, 2:40pm via Twitter for iPhone

Attending “Unconference on #informatics ” w/ Judy Warren Biggest topic is barriers to faculty adoption @AboutTIGER#NLNTechConf

DrTeseOct 26, 7:51pm via Instagram

This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen. Outside Jefferson Univ. #nlntechconf

CPMRCmichelleOct 26, 2:40pm via Twitter for iPhone

Attending “Unconference on #informatics ” w/ Judy Warren Biggest topic is barriers to faculty adoption @AboutTIGER#NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 26, 2:05pm via HootSuite

Integrating informatics: teaching ethics r/t data #nlntechconf

NursingTheIssueOct 26, 1:12pm via HootSuite

NCSBN simulation study #nlntechconf

NursingTheIssueOct 26, 10:46am via HootSuite Poster #4 Nlntechconf

DrTeseOct 26, 10:41am via Instagram


CPMRCmichelleOct 26, 10:06am via Twitter for iPhone

Need point of care references in #simulation #evidence-based practice #NLNTechConf @IPETracy

CPMRCmichelleOct 26, 9:57am via Twitter for iPhone

Attending “Unconference session on Simulation” great sharing & learning Need #standardization and tools to evaluate learning #NLNTechConf

DrTeseOct 26, 9:21am via Instagram

Oh yeah! It’s getting exciting here!

IPETracyOct 26, 9:05am via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Excited to be sharing “IP Faculty Perceptions: A Technology enhanced Program to Facilitate Interprofessional Education”#NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 26, 8:57am via HootSuite

“Blue Button” People should be able to download their own health data #NLNTechConf

DrTeseOct 26, 8:38am via Instagram

Having fun in an amazing sim lab!

CPMRCmichelleOct 25, 12:14pm via Twitter for iPhone

Welcome to the #NLNTechConf ! Thank you Thomas Jefferson SON for hosting. Missed you @BethAnnSwan

NursingTheIssueOct 26, 8:25am via HootSuite

Regional Extension Centers are resources for health informatics#NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 26, 8:11am via HootSuite

Warren challenges faculty to sign up for an NPI number#NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 26, 8:04am via HootSuite

Take your notes by Twitter today! You’ll have them available online and others will benefit as well! #NLNTechConf

CPMRCmichelleOct 26, 7:46am via Twitter for iPhone

Ready to start Day 2. Opening with Judith Warren on Meaningful Use, eMeasures & Blue Button:What to Teach? #NLNTechConf

CPMRCmichelleOct 25, 5:04pm via Twitter for iPhone

Another great TIGER session. #NLNTechConf by TIGERS @sschlak @mjbTIGER @PatHintonWalker

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 3:50pm via HootSuite

Looking for group discounts for TIGER VLE contact #NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 3:40pm via HootSuite

Wow. TIGER VLE looks like a very rich resource for all things informatics #NLNTechConf

CPMRCmichelleOct 25, 3:35pm via Twitter for iPhone

@sschlak Demonstrating the TIGER VLE Amazing platform to learn and share! @AboutTIGER

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 3:34pm via HootSuite

Register for TIGER VLE Only $25 a year and “you can live in there” =) #NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 3:24pm via HootSuite

Learning more @AboutTIGER Initiative and the Virtual Learning Environment #NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 3:09pm via HootSuite

TIGER Initiative Foundation is a 501c3 under the umbrella of HIMSS #NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 3:06pm via HootSuite

TIGER Summit in 2006. Brought together nurses from all specialties around informatics. Developed a 3 year and 10 year vision #NLNTechConf

CPMRCmichelleOct 25, 3:00pm via Twitter for iPhone

Marion Ball kicking off TIGER session!! #NLNTechConf@AboutTIGER

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 2:27pm via HootSuite

E-ICU: when camera turns on its not towards nurse or patient, and ask “may I come in?” Just like knocking on a door#NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 2:21pm via HootSuite

Lehigh Valley Health Network telehealh website. Check out the videos. #NLNTechConf

CPMRCmichelleOct 25, 2:00pm via Twitter for iPhone

Magnet Prize winners #LHVN Joe Tracy and 4 nurses sharing their #telehealth success stories #NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 1:48pm via HootSuite

School telehealth visits: keep kids in school longer, keeps kids healthier #NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 1:48pm via HootSuite

E-ICU showed a 30% reduction in mortality #NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 1:37pm via HootSuite

One of the biggest Issues in telehealth: licensure.#NLNTechConf

DrTeseOct 25, 1:28pm via Instagram

Back to the Future per Joe Tracy -telehealth predicted #NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 1:28pm via HootSuite

How can we pay for telehealth? Giving patients the right care and the right time in the right place. #NLNTechConf

DrTeseOct 25, 1:23pm via iOS

Telehealth with Joe Tracy

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 12:51pm via HootSuite

Prezi presentation website #NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 12:43pm via HootSuite

New York Times video on MOOCs (Massively Openly Online Courses) #NLNTechConf

AlisN1derlandOct 25, 12:49pm via Twitter for iPhone

@livingston_dr Welcome to Twitter! #nlntechconf

NJCU_NursingOct 25, 12:17pm via Mobile Web (M5)

Great pre-conference presentation on mobile technology in nursing education by Dr. Brent Thompson at #NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 12:43pm via HootSuite

New York Times video on MOOCs (Massively Openly Online Courses) #NLNTechConf

CPMRCmichelleOct 25, 12:41pm via Twitter for iPhone

Massive Open On-line Courses (MOOCs) #NLNTechConflearned something new!

DrTeseOct 25, 12:39pm via iOS

Welcome to the Brave New World of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) NLNTechConf

DrTeseOct 25, 12:38pm via iOS

One of the greatest! Dr. Diane Billings

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 12:33pm via HootSuite Link to conference handouts online #NLNTechConf

CPMRCmichelleOct 25, 12:32pm via Twitter for iPhone

Janet Willhaus igniting participants with #simulation teasers!#NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 12:24pm via HootSuite

Hashtag announced at beginning of main conference session#NLNTechConf Will be using from now on instead of#NLNTechConf13

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 12:22pm via HootSuite

[] Blog about technology in Nursing Education by Brent Thompson (our preconference presenter)#NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 12:19pm via HootSuite

Learn more about Twitter so you can join the conversation at#NLNTechConf

NJCU_NursingOct 25, 12:17pm via Mobile Web (M5)

Great pre-conference presentation on mobile technology in nursing education by Dr. Brent Thompson at #NLNTechConf

CPMRCmichelleOct 25, 12:14pm via Twitter for iPhone

Welcome to the #NLNTechConf ! Thank you Thomas Jefferson SON for hosting. Missed you @BethAnnSwan

JaniceHobbaOct 25, 12:13pm via Twitter for iPhone

Beginning my afternoon in Philadelphia at the NLN/Elsevier Technology Conference #NLNTechConf

IPETracyOct 25, 12:12pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Attending Elsevier NLN Technology Conference #NLNTechConfwith @CPMRCmichelle

KteeleyOct 25, 12:12pm via Web

Great to be here at #NLN #NLNTechConf

School telehealth visits: keep kids in school longer, keeps kids healhier #NLNTechConf13

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 1:46pm via HootSuite

E-ICU showed a 30% reduction in mortality#NLNTechConf13

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 12:24pm via HootSuite

Hashtag announced at beginning of main conference session #NLNTechConf Will be using from now on instead of #NLNTechConf13

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 12:13pm via HootSuite

Looking forward to the sharing of pearls and a great back channel discussion on Twitter#NLNTechConf13 #NLNTechConf

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 10:44am via HootSuite

Any tool or technology can be misused. Must have electronic device policy to inform students & cover the program on misuse. #NLNTechConf13

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 9:55am via HootSuite

Free reference apps: Medscape & Epocrates#nlntechconf13

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 9:48am via HootSuite

Coach’s eye: students video themselves and faculty analyze, annotate, and give feedback (small cost for IOS and Android) #NLNTechConf13

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 9:38am via HootSuite

Free reference app: Medscape#NLNTechConf13

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 9:24am via HootSuite

Ask for faculty copies of titles from Unbound, Skyscape, etc. #NLNTechConf13

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 8:38am via HootSuite

iPod Touch good option for no monthly-fee mobile computing (wifi only) $200-400#NLNTechConf13

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 7:45am via HootSuite

[] Blog about technology in Nursing Education by Brent Thompson (our preconference presentor) #NLNTechConf13

NursingTheIssueOct 25, 7:28am via HootSuite

Pre-conf session on mobile computing about to get started. Here we go! #NLNTechConf13

NursingTheIssueOct 24, 9:28pm via HootSuite

Had a great time this eve with a brilliant nurse educator @robin_dewald. So excited for this conference to start tomorrow! #nlntechconf13

NursingTheIssueOct 24, 7:06pm via HootSuite

Twitter 101 at the bar! Join us! #nlntechconf13

robin_dewaldOct 24, 7:04pm via Mobile Web (M5)

#nlntechconf13 hello all! Glad to be here with you.

NursingTheIssueOct 24, 12:29pm via HootSuite

Learn more about Twitter so you can join the conversation at

DrTeseOct 23, 6:54am via Twitter for Mac

Looking forward to #NLNTechConf13 in Philly!

MaryAnneRizzoloOct 21, 11:24am via web

Conference sold out but you can still register for precons. Notify if interested.#NLNTECHCONF13

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