Following a successful capital bid in July 2015, the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon is fortunate enough to be currently developing with MyKnowledgeMap®, ECATs (Electronic Clinical Assessment Tools). All the pre-registration midwifery and post-registration competency based courses will be introduced to the ECATs by September, 2016. Currently, the school is digitalising our recently validated pre-registration nursing Scottish Ongoing Achievement Record (S-OAR) (NMC 2008) and a MyKnowledgeMap® User Engagement Event was held on the 18th of September, as part of this developmental work. Highlights of the day included; Sian Shaw from Anglia Ruskin shared lessons learned from her innovative development work using ECATs within nursing and midwifery; Dr Karen Strickland shared guidelines for evidence-based practice from her recent literature review; and Steve Sidaway from MyKnowledgeMap® demonstrated the capacity and potential of using electronic assessment tools.
Success of this project will indicate the school will hopefully become a paper-free assessment environment (clinical and written) by Sept 2016. ECATs have the potential to benefit students by improving the timeliness, accessibility, consistency and quality of feedback from clinical placements (NMC 2008). Although ECATs provides innovative, technologically enhanced, learning environments and experiences supported by skilled teams of learning technologists, academics, practice educators and clinical practitioners, it can also quickly help identify and proactively support students who are struggling in clinical placements.
However, the real challenge for the School of Nursing and Midwifery will be working alongside our partners in practice with the diversity of digital literacy of both students and registered nurses and midwives in practice. Many mentors who support our students report already feeling challenged by the speed and increased use of technology in assessing student clinical competency and this event explored how the School of Nursing and Midwifery can address this.
Please see attached videos for an overview of the event.