A formal group of Nurse Educators of B.C. who share information regarding lab management, learning resources, simulation tools, and skill competency acquisition. This group collectively enhances registrant’s purchasing power and excellence in lab education.
Membership: Open to all involved in the management of technology and teaching of skill competency acquisition within nursing& health science education.
Letter from the current Chair
Hello, I would like to talk to you about some upcoming changes to the Nursing Lab Educators of BC group.
Over the past two years, the executive has been looking for a direction for the group that will make the membership stronger and more representative of who we are. During our discussions we agreed that we are not “just about simulation”, that simulation is just one of the many teaching strategies we use to engage, empower and develop the learners we come into contact with. I agree with this approach, I think that ultimate goal is to utilizes modalities and methodologies that best prepare students for practice. At this point in time simulation is one cutting edge and popular format but I think that it is important to have an approach beyond sim as it allows for flexibility to adapt to technologies that yet to arrive on the scene and to also be to be open to other formats that are under utilized.
We have also discussed that need to grow our membership and be more inclusive of the other members of the health care team. We want to incorporate and support inter professional education, because many of our members are teaching Medical Lab Assistants, Pharmacy Techs, and Health Care Assistants in the context of their work. We discussed at the 2016 Conference planning session our desire to have other colleagues attend the conference and contribute to our learning. The executive has also heard from non – members that the name of our group does not describe who we are or what we do. When we were designing the brochure for 2016, the web designer thought we were chemists or worked in a science lab. Ensuring a multidisciplinary approach when it comes to teaching students is essential, as one member stated “we need to practice how we play.” My experience is that we practice in silos and we play in silos despite efforts. Getting multi disciplinary teams together in the learning environment is good way to develop this practice. Having a name and logo that is reflective of that is important.
For the 2017 conference we needed to have a web presence. For the first time our conference is being held off site at Tigh – Na – Mara Seaside Resort and Spa. The conference planning committee represents Colleges and Universities across BC and into Alberta. The move away from hosting at a College is big decision for the group and it is a gamble. As of Wednesday December 21, 2016 we have engaged the services of NirVana Web Designers. The team there will be developing our website, social media sites and logo. I am very excited at the prospect of having this done, it will be a great place for us to post questions, research, scenarios and upcoming events. Having a defined web presence I think is essential and important. It will provide a format for practitioners to connect and stay informed beyond the conference and provide a format of what we represent to the world at large.