Claudia Bartz is a nurse in the US, and she accepted to share what convinced her to be a nurse and why?
What convinced me? I remember telling my 3rd or 4th grade teacher that I was going to be either a teacher or a nurse but I have no idea where that came from.
Then, between my first and second years at university, I decided that my first year in ‘general studies’ was not very interesting. So I decided to change universities and apply to enter the baccalaureate nursing program as I began my second year.
This was during the Vietnam – US war so the Army was recruiting nurses and paying them while they were in school. I had no money really so the Army Student Nurse Program was a fortunate path for me as I began my third year at university.
From then on, I never wavered in my choice of profession. I have learned so much and met so many people in different environments during the decades since I graduated and I value all of it.
Why be a nurse? First, a successful nurse approaches health and the provision of healthcare in a holistic way. We try to see the whole person/family/community and we try to look beyond the immediate state of things. Second, a successful nurse has a wide variety of opportunities to work toward making a difference.
One can administer a system, manage a care delivery entity, be a researcher, be an educator, be an entrepreneur and so on. I only hope that I can contribute to continuing progress for nursing, health and the provision of healthcare. Claudia is the head of WeMentors at the Women Observatory for eHealth and provides tips for mentoring in eHealth.
Read here her interview conducted at Medetel in 2016.
Pirkko Kouri is Principal Lecturer at Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio, Eastern Finland and holds a PhD in Nursing Science. As Vice President of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth, she accepted to be interviewed in 2016.
Read here her interview on the role of telemedicine and how important are the digital offers in terms of healthcare for nurses.
Michael Dino, Nurse Educator, Researcher and Innovator, Director for Research
Development and Innovation Center at the Our Lady of Fatima University in the Philippines.
Since the 2013 Connecting Nurses Award,
Michael is featured at the Women Observatory for eHealth of the Foundation Millennia2025 as a key leader of its innovative projects on telehealth and elderly. Already presented in our Blog, he wants to « move towards a borderless society where global citizenship (caring for the world rather than caring only on your own) is becoming more prominent, we might be experiencing similar problems and challenges that require collaborative approach ».
Michael is working on several projects related to Nursing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
These include humanoid robots research for healthy seniors (in partnership with Tokushima
University), VR and AR.
Read more here !
One of the first projects to enter the WeObservatory was Research-based Community Telehealth Centers for Sustainable Elderly Empowerment by nurse Michael Joseph Dino . His activities have since taken a much larger scale and we are happy to announce that the Telehealth Research Program is expending to new regions in Philippines, starting with Visayas Region. More details on the university website.
For further reading, here’s an abstract from Michael Dino’s Article Using Partial Least Squares (PLS) in Predicting Behavioral Intention for Telehealth Use among Filipino Elderly :
Available from: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/265857034_Using_Partial_Least_Squares_%28PLS%29_in_Predicting_Behavioral_Intention_for_Telehealth_Use_among_Filipino_Elderly
The International Journal of Bioethics has recently put together a special issue on Telemedicine. It includes the article of Dr. Véronique Inès Thouvenot , head of WeObservatory, on the global network of women in telemedicine WeTelemed. The article can be found in chapter 7 of the 2014/3 (Vol.25) issue or downloaded in French through cairn.info
The Women and Telemedicine Global Network (WeTelemed) has been initiated in April 2012, with the vision to constitute a Millennia2015 powerful demonstration of women empowerment in the arena of telemedicine through digital solidarity and gender equity. The overall objective is to stimulate more women to use advanced technologies and telemedicine, combined with innovative integrated collaborative leadership programs. The article describes the recent history of the network, its genesis and creation, illustrated by a selection of telemedicine initiatives conducted by women in developing countries with the ambition to reach isolated communities.
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: