IS NURSING ART OR SCIENCE?
Both. The right technology can augment the art of nursing. Going upstream to start them young, the Foundation hauls the realm of nursing into the 21st century by getting nursing students to go hi-tech. This is especially crucial as the healthcare industry faces a shortage of nurses coupled with the increasing demands of an ageing population.
Today, nursing students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Health Sciences wield sleek smartphones on campus, and as part of their clinical attachment.
SO HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY PLAY A ROLE?
It has exciting potential. NPalm (Ngee Ann Polytechnic Augmented Learning Media) was conceived together with IT specialist PulseSync. Successfully implemented and distributed to all final year students, and all staff members, the NPalm is widely used not only within the campus but everywhere else. NPalm was eventually be extended to the entire School of Health Sciences by 2010.
WHAT EXACTLY DOES NPALM DO FOR THE STUDENTS?
Quite a lot of cool stuff. NPalm is Asia’s first e-mobile learning media for nursing students. Through a smartphone, students are able to view their entire curriculum wherever they are. They can also access drug and disease databases, and even tap upon the device to translate commonly used Chinese dialects and Malay phrases. More importantly, the phone is a learning tool that enhances self-study.
Rich in visuals and diagrams, this allowed students to easily follow step-by-step healthcare assessment procedures. In addition, lecturers can better identify the learning needs of students and track their progress with the device.
New features in the pipeline include a database of commonly used medication in Singapore, and also the ability to discuss cases interactively.