Category Archives: Nurses

Kosovo: diabetes patients receive the foot care guide

Diabetic Foot Care by nurse Vjollca Kola is a project the WeObservatory has been overseeing last year (read previous post). We have been able to help the nurse put together unnamedand print a Guide for Patients in the local (Albanian) language. The guides have been recently delivered and Vjollca is finally able to give them out at her practice (picture to the right).  It is commonly known  among diabetes specialists that poor basic awareness and self-care of feet in patients with diabetes – especially in developing countries – is the first cause of complications and amputations. Thus, providing basic guidelines on paper and online is absolutely necessary.  Speaking of raising

Screen shot of practice's FB page
Screen shot of practice’s FB page

awareness online, nurse Vjollca has also created a Facebook page for her practice keeping the community posted on events and communicating general information on diabetic foot care. Notice the Guide has been exhibited there too.

Free Webinar for Nurses

Our partner, TeleNurse, is organizing this coming Thursday November 12th 7:30 PM (GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) a free webinar entitled A First Look at Virtual Nursing Practices” discussing the multi-state licensing compact rules and regulations with a key presenter Mr. Elliot Vice | Director, Government Affairs National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Click to register here.

Rentrés du Congrès mondial du SIDIIEF !

Le Congrès mondial des infirmières et infirmiers francophones organisé par le SIDIIEF a eu lieu à Montreal du 31 Mai au 5 Juin. Avec une programmation riche et tournée vers les grands enjeux des maladies chroniques, le congrès a accueilli plus de 1 500 participants provenant d’une trentaine de pays de la Francophonie. Dr. Véronique Thouvenot, directrice du WeObservatory à la Fondation Millennia2025, et les infirmières responsables des projets sélectionnés au Québec ont été invitées pour des présentations: Marie-Josée Poirier du projet “Guide Clinique pour l’élaboration de plans thérapeutiques infirmiers en santé mentale” adapté pour le Congo RD ; José Côté du projet TAVIE, Lorraine B.-La France et Claire Babin du projet “Guide méthodologique pour implanter la pratique Skype auprès d’une clientèle âgée” . Ce guide a été lancé officiellement pendant le Congrès, et sur le stand Connecting Nurses – WeObservatory. Les voici toutes avec la présidente du SIDIIEF Gyslaine Desrosiers (milieu) et la Secrétaire générale Hélène Salette (gauche) : Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 1.15.09 AMDr. Véronique Thouvenot a présenté les projets innovants et l’application mobile UniversalNurses Speaker à la conférence plénière du 3 Juin « Télésanté et expertise infirmière face aux défis de santé publique du 21e siècle : Études et cas pratiques du WeObservatory ».Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 9.52.02 AM

Le stand animé par Anne Gourdon a accueilli Felicity Kelliher de l’AFDET, Hélène Salette, secrétaire générale du SIDIIEF – et membres du comité d’organisation de Connecting Nurses – nos partenaires à Montréal, la société 360Medlink, et de nombreux participants qui ont découvert Care Challenge.

Les activités ont continué après la fin du Congrès par la visite de l’hôpital Sainte Anne de Bellevue avec Claire Babin et Lorraine La France. Une belle opportunité de découvrir les lieux du projet, les équipes et les résidents.

Le Congrès a permis de nombreuses rencontres et de mieux faire connaître Connecting Nurses, Care Challenge et le WeObservatory. On attend maintenant avec impatience le prochain Congrès SIDIIEF à Bordeaux, France, en 2018.

Les photos officielles du congrès sur le compte flickr du SIDIIEF.

World congress for francophone nurses : our experience

The 6th International Congress organized by SIDIIEF – francophone association of nurses – took place from May 31st till June 5th of this year in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Véronique Thouvenot, the director of the WeObservatory, as well as the project leaders of the selected Canadian projects were invited to speak: Marie-Josée Poirier of Mental Health Nursing Guides for DR Congo, José Côté of TAVIE Adherence to Treatement , Lorraine B.-La France and Claire Babin of the Skype project (Reducing social isolation for long term care residence). Skype guideThe guide that resulted out of this project was actually for the first time presented to the public at the Congress (photo on the right ) in French and English.

Dr. Véronique Thouvenot was invited as Keynote speaker of the session onScreen Shot 2015-06-12 at 9.52.02 AM “Telehealth and nursing expertise: facing the public health issues of the 21st century”  (detailed program in FR) attended by more than 400 participants on June 3d. During which she presented the studies and projects of the WeObservaroty and the action plans of the Millennia2025Foundation ). The highlights of the presentation were, of course, the Canadian projects mentioned above as well as the ZMD project, Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 9.56.19 AMUniversalNurses Speaker and the Cloud Babies tele-stethoscope.

The projects were otherwise displayed on the Connecting Nurses booth , where we were happy to welcome Felicity Kelliher of AFDET and Hélène Salette of SIDIIEF both members of Connecting Nurses Steering Committee, and our partners 360Medlink. The booth was as always wonderfully animated by nurse Anne Gourdon (photo right) photo(5)

The activities didn’t stop with the end of the Congress. Afterwards we were invited by the nurses of the Skype project to take a tour at the St Anne de Bellevue Hospital, meet with the teams, and learn more about how the project has been carried out. The congress was excellent, dynamic and highly instructive. We look forward to the next SIDIIEF congress in Bordeaux ,France in 2018!

eHealth Projects for Patients Empowerment

The WeObservatory is happy to announce the launch Patients Commons for eHealth WePatients –  a WeObservatory and Connecting Nurses initiative to support patient empowerment in self-management of chronic conditions, pregnancy, disaster preparedness and ageing. The objective is to raise awareness of behavioral change models and tools that can be applied to improve patient adherence and patients’ health outcomes. WePatients provides information on eHealth projects focused on patient empowerment along the stages of life, as well as resources, publications and patients’ stories in three languages: English, French and Spanish.

Click here to see the list of these projects.

Diabetes explained to children by TEO the Duckling

It is never easy to speak to children about a disease. Especially when this disease makes them feel very different from all the other children, as is the case with diabetes.

Norma Grau, a nurse from Barcelona, has written a story for diabetic children – Teo the Duckling –  that would help them learn in an easy and educative way that they mustn’t feel different or ashamed  for being diabetic. Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 6.01.02 PM“Children must incorporate the illness into their daily life, but it is not easy at first. Various vital infancy stages have to be taken into account when helping them with the educational therapy. At the age of 4-6 years old they may feel different from their colleagues and friends, especially when doing check-ups as well as giving themselves insulin dose injections. To include the illness into their daily life activities plus avoiding stigmatization have been the key to develop our project”, says Norma Grau.

The nurse also had the story superbly illustrated by her colleague, Cristina Serrat Gómez, making it very appealing to children.

This story was  shared for the first via Care Challenge byScreen Shot 2014-08-29 at 11.37.24 AM Norma Grau and was then selected both by Connecting Nurses and the WeObservatory. Here at the WeObservatory we are planning to help the nurse further develop her idea : during 2014/2015 we will contribute to the creation of another story  customized for girls. We also plan to create an animated version of the stories. We will keep you updated on this project through our blog.

The story currently exists in three languages.

Click to access the PDF versions : English, Castellano and Catalán.

Telehealth usability amongst elderly, a WeObservatory selected project

If you are interested in learning about technology acceptance in general, we highly recommend that you take a look at this project.

A key objective of a WeObservatory project “Telehealth and Elderly” by Michael Dino, Assistant Research Director at Our Lady of Fatima University, Valenzuela City, Philippines, is to understand technology-acceptance among the elderly and help them gain independence within the healthcare system.
This project was firstly published online on the Care Challenge platform and gained visibility through the video made by Connected Nurses as means to support the project. Consequently “Telehealth and Elderly” was chosen by the WeObservatory and continues to evolve through this partnership. Not only does Michael Dino get the opportunity to present his project at many international conferences – one of the latest was during the Digital Health Care Week in Singapore in October 2013 – but he is also planning to expand his research to specific populations, starting an “Elderly Women and TeleHealth” research project, in liaison with the WeObservatory’s special focus: improving the use of telemedicine services for women.

For more details, check out the research abstract here.
Take a look at Michael Dino’s initial project as posted on Care Challenge and portraid in the video:

Skype for Veterans

Nurses from Canada have proposed a to reduce social isolation for the residents of a Long Term Care facility via Skype. Their project was shared via Care Challenge and was chosen to receive promotional support – a professional video – from the Connecting Nurses Steering Committee. When accepting this support, nurse Lorraine La France said, “The video seems to be an excellent idea. It would allow nurses immediate access to how we started and applied the program and could be used by any center, virtually anywhere. In other words a video would reach more people and more people who are isolated could benefit from a better quality of life. It could be used by hospitals, long term care centers, communities, libraries, churches, schools, in homes etc. Anywhere that a nurse is involved.”