# 3 rd Times a Charm or 3 Strikes – µ R 2 out Statistical Literacy in Nursing J. Craig Phillips PhD, LLM, RN, PMHCNS-BC, ACRN Assistant Professor.

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3 rd Times a Charm or 3 Strikes – µ R 2 out Statistical Literacy in Nursing J. Craig Phillips PhD, LLM, RN, PMHCNS-BC, ACRN Assistant Professor

Course “Snapshot” Description Statistics, a perplexing subject for many students, is an important means of communication in nursing science…Understanding the fundamental concepts is critical to success in nursing Statistics, a perplexing subject for many students, is an important means of communication in nursing science…Understanding the fundamental concepts is critical to success in nursing Designed, not as a primer in data manipulation, but as an introduction to a scientific approach to thinking… Designed, not as a primer in data manipulation, but as an introduction to a scientific approach to thinking… Aimed at ‘beginners’ with limited mathematical skill. Aimed at ‘beginners’ with limited mathematical skill. Goals – promote appreciation and comprehension of statistical information Goals – promote appreciation and comprehension of statistical information Develop statistical thinking and comprehension of basic quantitative data analysis…for making informed choices…and reasonable suppositions about good nursing practice. Develop statistical thinking and comprehension of basic quantitative data analysis…for making informed choices…and reasonable suppositions about good nursing practice.

Course “Snapshot” Published Objectives Demonstrate working knowledge of basic statistical terms and notation Demonstrate working knowledge of basic statistical terms and notation Demonstrate working knowledge of graphics (tables, graphs, figures) commonly used to communicate in nursing Demonstrate working knowledge of graphics (tables, graphs, figures) commonly used to communicate in nursing Interpret statistical information commonly presented in the nursing literature Interpret statistical information commonly presented in the nursing literature Critically evaluate nursing research claims Critically evaluate nursing research claims Detect some misuses of statistics Detect some misuses of statistics

Teacher’s Perspective How best to teach challenging content in a venue that can contribute to anxiety for students? How best to teach challenging content in a venue that can contribute to anxiety for students? Overcoming my own biases about online stats classes Overcoming my own biases about online stats classes Being prepared to teach Excel 2003 and learning/teaching Excel 2007 simultaneously – in Kamloops Being prepared to teach Excel 2003 and learning/teaching Excel 2007 simultaneously – in Kamloops Marital discord amongst technology and my artistic ability – in Vancouver Marital discord amongst technology and my artistic ability – in Vancouver

Teacher’s Perspective Innovative Approaches Used The Online Survey Section I: Demographic Data Section II: Statistical Literacy and Beliefs Section III: Health Care Practitioner (HCP) Beliefs Section IV: Knowledge about Physical Restraints (KPR) Section V: Nursing Practice Issues (NPI) Section VI: Attitudes Regarding Use of Restraints (ARUR)

The Online Survey

Teacher’s Perspective Innovative Approaches Used Course assignments Online testing – headaches all across BC Online testing – headaches all across BC Small group assignments – building community capacity among nurses Small group assignments – building community capacity among nurses Literature review matrix – a great idea, but born prematurely (luckily we had NICU nurses to respond) Literature review matrix – a great idea, but born prematurely (luckily we had NICU nurses to respond)

learners Perspectives Appreciated … very responsive to get back to me if and when I had questions. His comments were very helpful and directed me where I needed to go. He was respectful in the manner in which he pushed my thinking forward … very responsive to get back to me if and when I had questions. His comments were very helpful and directed me where I needed to go. He was respectful in the manner in which he pushed my thinking forward You put the class at ease using humour and are a good speaker. I thought the class was very well organized and you were easily accessible to us when we needed help You put the class at ease using humour and are a good speaker. I thought the class was very well organized and you were easily accessible to us when we needed help You were approachable in person and phone and took time to listen to course challenges. You were open to understanding the challenges of learning this course via distance You were approachable in person and phone and took time to listen to course challenges. You were open to understanding the challenges of learning this course via distance

learners Perspectives Suggestions for Improvement This course would be way better in a classroom format instead of online. You did a great job teaching despite the online format This course would be way better in a classroom format instead of online. You did a great job teaching despite the online format it must have been a hard course to teach online.... i didn't feel like i learned a whole lot because it was online and most of the time i was really confused it must have been a hard course to teach online.... i didn't feel like i learned a whole lot because it was online and most of the time i was really confused Getting the class to participate more in discussion and in class exercises to help with understanding statistics Getting the class to participate more in discussion and in class exercises to help with understanding statistics

Lessons Learned Always have a plan B, …, k i Always have a plan B, …, k i Be creative in solutions to challenges such as technology glitches, use discussion groups, and online testing Be creative in solutions to challenges such as technology glitches, use discussion groups, and online testing Encourage learner collaboration Encourage learner collaboration Engage with learners early and often Engage with learners early and often Use group projects & group dynamics to your advantage – learners learn more when they are involved and keep each other on task Use group projects & group dynamics to your advantage – learners learn more when they are involved and keep each other on task Don’t be afraid to admit you experience end user malfunctions – after all You are the human element! Don’t be afraid to admit you experience end user malfunctions – after all You are the human element!

The keys to Statistical Literacy in Nursing Practice Practice Practice – Practice Practice Practice – Practice » Practice And enjoy life to the fullest!

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