Learning Objects for Nursing and Health Sciences

Many of the learning objects in this collection were developed as part of the Association for Academic Health Centers' Partnerships for Training initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is now hosting and building on the library. For more information or to contribute a Learning Object to this collection, please contact posey@gwu.edu.

A Framework for Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Healthcare
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/EthicalDecisionMaking/index.htm
In this discovery-learning activity, learners reflect on common ethical dilemmas in healthcare, explore a systematic model for ethical decision-making, and synthesize what they've learned by applying the systematic model to an ethical dilemma.

A Walk in Their Shoes: Exploring Roles in Healthcare
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/WalkInTheirShoes/
In this WebQuest, learners research the values and characteristics of multiple health professions in order to increase empathy and understanding among members of an interdisciplinary healthcare team. The goal of this learning experience is to help learners better appreciate how a situation might appear through another's disciplinary lens.

Advocacy for Political Change
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/PoliticalAdvocacy/
This interactive case study challenges learners to create an action plan to amend a fictitious state’s Advanced Practice Rules and Regulations to allow nurse practitioners to write prescriptions without the direct supervision of a collaborating physician.

Behavioral Stages of Change
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/StagesofChange/
This exploratory learning module provides an overview of behavioral stages of change, including patient characteristics and recommended interventions.

Behavioral Stages of Change: Scenario 1
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/StagesofChange_Scenario1/Stages_practice_scenarios_01.swf
This scenario-based learning activity challenges students to identify a patient's stage of change and select appropriate interventions.

Behavioral Stages of Change: Scenario 2
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/StagesofChange_Scenario2/
This scenario-based learning activity challenges students to identify a patient's stage of change and select appropriate interventions.

Behavioral Stages of Change: Scenario 3
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/StagesofChange_Scenario3/
This scenario-based learning activity challenges students to identify a patient's stage of change and select appropriate interventions.

Behavioral Stages of Change: Scenario 4
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/StagesofChange_Scenario4/
This scenario-based learning activity challenges students to identify a patient's stage of change and select appropriate interventions.

Behavioral Stages of Change: Scenario 5
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/StagesofChange_Scenario5/
This scenario-based learning activity challenges students to identify a patient's stage of change and select appropriate interventions.

Behavioral Stages of Change: Scenario 6
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/StagesofChange_Scenario6/
This scenario-based learning activity challenges students to identify a patient's stage of change and select appropriate interventions.

Body Mass Index (BMI)
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/BMI/index.htm
This learning object provides an overview and tables for calculating a patient's Body Mass Index (BMI).

Building a Practice in Your Home Community
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/practice/index.htm
This online toolkit
provides education, resources, and examples to assist providers in starting and operating a health care practice. Individual sections of this resource are available as individual learning objects (see Community-Based Practice below).

Clinical Research
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/ClinicalResearch/index.htm
This exploratory learning module provides an overview of the clinical research process.

Clinic Floor Plan
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/ClinicFloorPlan/PF_Sample_Clinic.swf
This learning object enables learners to roll the mouse over different areas of a clinic floor plan to learn about each area.

Community-based Practice: Assembling Your Team
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/AssemblingYourTeam/Assembling_Your_Team.htm
This learning object provides advice, planning worksheets, links to online resources and sample documents to assist learners in finding and recruiting appropriate clinical and office staff and managing personnel issues for a healthcare practice.

Community-based Practice: Assessing the Community
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/AssessingTheCommunity/Assessing_Community.htm
This learning object provides advice, planning worksheets, links to online resources and sample documents to assist learners in performing a community assessment.

Community-based Practice: Ensuring Quality
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/EnsuringQuality/Ensuring_Quality.htm
This learning module provides advice, planning worksheets, links to online resources and sample documents to assist learners in monitoring quality of care in a health practice. Quality of care monitoring activities includes credentialing, regulatory compliance and measuring outcomes.

Community-based Practice: Managing the Bottom Line
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/ManagingTheBottomLine/Managing_Bottomline.htm
This learning module provides advice, planning worksheets, links to online resources and sample documents to help learners assess the financial needs of the practice and design and implement a financial plan. Topics include financial advisor, fee structure, compensation, financial projection, operating budget, business plan, funding sources, and financial monitoring.

Community-based Practice: Marketing Your Practice
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/MarketingYourPractice/Marketing_Practice.htm
This learning module provides advice, planning worksheets, links to online resources and sample documents to assist learners in creating and implementing a marketing plan for a clinical practice. Topics include target audience, marketing to patients, branding an identity, keeping patients, reaching the community, outreach and education, and media and the press.

Community-based Practice: Operating The Practice
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/OperatingThePractice/Operating_Practice.htm
This learning module provides advice, planning worksheets, links to online resources and sample documents to assist learners in operating a clinical practice efficiently and cost-effectively. Topics include patient flow, operational policies, documentation and record-keeping, billing and coding, medicare document guidelines, information systems, insurance, patient privacy, and security.

Community-based Practice: Organizing Your Practice
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/OrganizingYourPractice/Organizing_Your_Practice.htm
This learning module provides advice, planning worksheets, links to online resources and sample documents to assist learners in organizing and plan a system of care based on practice objectives. Topics include identity, mission and vision, goals and objectives, functional structure and clinical relationships.

Community-based Practice: Planning The Facility
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/PlanningTheFacility/Planning_Facility.htm
This learning module provides advice, planning worksheets, links to online resources and sample documents to assist learners in planning an efficient and functional health care facility. Topics include finding space; facilities design; medical and office supplies; equipment; medications; and inventory and ordering.

Community-based Practice: Real Life Stories
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/RealLifeStories/index.htm
Through first hand insights from ten mid-level providers, this exploratory learning modules provides learners with an overview of the key issues associated with starting and operating a successful community-based healthcare practice.

Community-based Practice: Staying Legal
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/StayingLegal/Staying_Legal.htm
This learning module provides advice, planning worksheets, links to online resources and sample documents to assist learners in addressing legal issues associated with starting a healthcare practice. Topics include legal advice, business structure, licensing and regulations, and contracts.

Conflict Resolution
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/ConflictResolution/Index.htm
This learning module reviews sources of conflict and strategies for conflict resolution along with two case studies that enable learners to explore possible approaches to conflict situations. A list of conflict resolution resources is also provided.

Empowerment
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/Empowerment/index.htm
This learning module defines and describes empowerment and provides practice scenarios that enable learners to explore empowerment strategies.

Exploring the Health System: A WebQuest
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/HealthSystem/index.htm
In this WebQuest, students are challenged to examine the structure, organization, and components of the US healthcare system and present recommendations about where a large philanthropic endowment would have greatest impact. After exploring the overall system, students form “subcommittees” to take a closer look at individual segments of the system, including the Veteran's Administration, mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention, women's health and family planning, health promotion and disease prevention, long term care and public health.

Federalism
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/Federalism/index.htm
This learning module reviews the concept of federalism as it relates to healthcare policy, describes arguments for and against federal, state, and shared control, and provides scenarios that challenge learners to select the appropriate control option.

Finding Common Ground: Lessons in Interdisciplinary Collaboration
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/CommonGround/index.htm
In this learning experience, learners explore three ethically-challenging healthcare situations from multiple disciplinary perspectives, and learn how a systematic decision-making model can facilitate collaborative decision-making.

Healthy People 2010
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/HealthyPeople/index.htm
This learning object provides an overview of Healthy People 2010 as it relates to motivating healthy behaviors.

Health Policy Drivers: A Balance of Tensions
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/HealthPolicy/index.htm
This learning module describes the balance of tensions that exists among cost, quality and access in healthcare policy, and provides scenario-based examples that enable learners to explore this concept in context.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/InterdisciplinaryCollaboration/InterdisciplinaryCollaboration.swf
This exploratory learning module provides an overview of the key factors that influence interdisciplinary collaboration.

Pediatric Asthma
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/PediatricAsthma/index.htm
This learning module describes signs, symptoms, triggers, severity levels and treatment strategies for pediatric asthma, and challenge learners to apply this knowledge to five case examples.

Political Leadership and Involvement: A Self-Assessment
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/PoliticalAssessment/index.htm
To fully meet the needs of patients and society, practitioners must remain politically aware and involved. This self-assessment is designed to help learners test their political savvy.

Practice Ownership: Is it For Me?
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/practice/quiz/IsIt4Me.htm
This self-assessment provides questions and feedback to help learners determine their readiness to own and operate a healthcare practice.

Principles and Predictive Value of Screening
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/Screening/Principles and Predictive Value of Screening v.3.ppt
This powerpoint presentation outlines the Principles and Predictive Value of Screening. Includes suggested learning activities and website with a reading.

Promoting Health Behaviors: The Rose Bloom Case
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/HealthyBehaviors_Case1/launch.htm
This case-based learning scenario engages learners in an encounter with a patient seeking birth control. Learners conduct a simulated interview in which they assess unhealthy behavior(s)and recommend appropriate interventions.

Quality of Health Plans & Providers
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/Quality_HealthPlans/index.html
This narrated presentation provides an overview of quality as it relates to health plans and providers.

Quality of Hospitals
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/Quality_Hospitals/index.html
This narrated presentation provides an overview of quality as it relates to hospitals.

Quality of Nursing Homes
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/Quality_NursingHomes/index.html
This narrated presentation provides an overview of quality as it relates to nursing homes.

Seven Dimensions of a Symptom
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/SevenDimensions/index.htm
This exploratory learning module provides an overview of the Seven Dimensions of a Symptom used in health assessment.

Tap Your Leadership Potential
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/TapLeadershipPotential/index.htm
This self-assessment prompts learners to reflect on their leadership readiness and determine what skills they will need to work on to reach their leadership goals.

Team Learning and Development
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/TeamLearning/index.htm
This exploratory learning module provides an overview of the team development cycle: forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning. Tools to support communications, conflict management, and dialogue are provided.

Wakefield's Factors Influencing Public Policy
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/WakefieldFactors/index.htm
In this learning module, Dr. Mary Wakefield, a nurse and health policy expert, provides an overview of the factors influencing public policy and elucidates how issues enter and rise to the top of policy agendas.

Writing a SOAP Note: Mavis Brown Encounter
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/SOAP_Brown/index.htm
This learning experience provides practice in writing a SOAP note in the context of a patient case study. "How To" instructions are provided for writing each part of the note.

Writing a SOAP Note: Marcia Cooper Encounter
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/SOAP_Cooper/index.htm
This learning experience provides practice in writing a SOAP note in the context of a patient case study. "How To" instructions are provided for writing each part of the note.

Writing a SOAP Note: Jose Gonzalez Encounter
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/SOAP_Gonzalez/index.htm
This learning experience provides practice in writing a SOAP note in the context of a patient case study. "How To" instructions are provided for writing each part of the note.

Writing a SOAP Note: Justin Monroe Encounter
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/SOAP_Monroe/index.htm
This learning experience provides practice in writing a SOAP note in the context of a patient case study. "How To" instructions are provided for writing each part of the note.

The Butterfly Within Me: A Journey Through Metamorphosis
http://learn.gwnursing.org/Education/LearningObjects/Metamorphosis/index.htm
This learning module explores the stages of change as they relate to leadership and provides reflective questions to help learners manage their own and others' responses to change.