One of my favorite roles outside of my daily work as a school nurse, is teaching the next generation of school nurses. I am completing my eighth year as faculty at Rutgers University-Camden School of Nursing in the School Nurse Certification Program. In 2015, we were grantees of the New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) to redesign our program to infuse population health and leadership. Our newly designed program is now completing the second cohort.
In my quest to bring timely, topical, and engaging learning opportunities to my students, one of my favorite assignments involves social media. It is a three part assignment that threads throughout our fall semester and concludes with the student writing a blog post of a school nurse who is active on Twitter. I am fortunate to have a large pool of outstanding #SchoolNurseTwitter colleagues!
Here are directions for the assignment:
Each student will connect with a School Nurse Who Tweets via Twitter. The names will be distributed during our first in-person class. Once you have reached out to your school nurse, you will be tasked with writing a brief blog post (maximum 500 words) to be submitted for publication to www.relentlessschoolnurse.com . The purpose of the blog post is to create linkages to school nurses who use social media as a tool to promote school health and school nursing. Find out what community-based project your school nurse would like to share in a blog. The components of the blog include:
- Introduction of #SchoolNurseTwitter
- How and why they use social media to promote school nursing
- Description of school/community initiative
- Outcomes realized – how has the project grown
- Next steps and lessons learned
- Picture of the school nurse
- Professional bios of both you and your school nurse
Here is the fourth installment of the guest blog posts. Thank you to all of the school nurse Twitter mentors for sharing your expertise with my students. This post was well-crafted by Karen Vidal and features the work of Jenny Gormley, one of the most accomplished school nurses I know!