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An ‘experimental approach’ to discussing student nurse placements

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On 14 April at 8pm, Diverse Learners, WeNurses, and Plymouth University will be teaming up to deliver an interactive, engaging webinar discussing student placements.

“WeWebinar” will be held using what Kerry Pace from Diverse Learners calls a “front of house and back of house team” approach where four panelists will be hosting the webinar, while three others interact and transfer the information feeding in from Twitter simultaneously.

The panel will feature Kerry Pace from the Diverse Learner’s team, Karen Franks, a student nurse, Nathan Finnegan from the University of Salford, and Nick Gee, a senior academic and disability tutor.

Teresa Chinn, founder of WeNurses, Ray Jones from Plymouth University, and Pam Nelmes will be streaming the data into the system so that responses from webinar discussions and Twitter discussions can work in tandem and affect one another. 

“My hope is for the webinar to be as fully inclusive as possible”

Kerry Pace

“I think it’s a good approach, because our voting polls and questions from twitter can be answered directly on the webinar, and what we discuss on the webinar can then be tweeted by the back of house team,” Ms Pace said.

Ms Pace is excited for what she calls an “experimental approach to webinars” and for the interactive aspect.

“My hope is for the webinar to be as fully inclusive as possible and to use this experience as a pilot to formulate the webinar as a learning tool, and make something that can be very proactive in making changes in communities such as ours,” Ms Pace said.

Diverse Learners is an organisation that accessible learning resources to students with various learning disabilities for longer hours during the day than the university can.  The collaboration with “We” and WeNurses made the perfect team for discussing student placement; “We”’s self-stated goal is to connect people and share ideas to provide better care, primarily through hosting Twitter chats.

“My favorite part about the webinar is the collaboration that took place to create the final product. With Diverse Learners, WeNurses, Plymouth University, and University of Salford, we have four completely different people and perspectives to offer to the webinar on screen and three incredible professionals controlling the technical aspect off-screen.”

“We hope we can help collaborate to share our practice and knowledge through our resources to help students”

Kerry Pace

The webinar will take place on April 14th at 8pm, and Kerry anticipates it will provide students not just with about advice on placements, but also with information on what Diverse Learners as an organisation can do to support students.

“Students often think that their university is the only place that can provide support for them if they need it,” Ms Pace commented. “But at Diverse Learners we want to close that gap and we do close it – we work in partnership with universities who refer all their healthcare-seeking students to us because we have more flexible hours.

“We hope with this webinar, as well as with Diverse Learners, we can help collaborate to share our practice and knowledge through our resources to help students.”

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