Bringing the Demo Home

Award Winner: 
2010 Sloan-C Effective Practice Award
Author Information
Patricia A. Adams, MS Ed, RN, Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI
Institution(s) or Organization(s) Where EP Occurred: 
Western Technical College
Effective Practice Abstract/Summary
Abstract/Summary of Effective Practice: 

Western Technical College provides web-based Advanced Nursing Skills demonstration videos made available via course links within the Learning Management System (LMS) to benefit students and faculty.

Description of the Effective Practice
Description of the Effective Practice: 

Nursing skills courses have traditionally been delivered in a classroom with live demonstrations of the skills followed by practice in the laboratory. Increased student enrollment and limited laboratory space limits student practice or review of skills outside of class time. Western Technical College's Advanced Nursing Skills course provides web-based video demonstrations of nursing skills, made available through course links within the LMS, so that students can preview, practice, or review skills from the convenience of home or anywhere there is a broadband connection.

Supporting Information for this Effective Practice
Evidence of Effectiveness: 

Students who preview Advanced Nursing Skills web-based video demonstrations prior to class comment in person and on course evaluations about how the videos helped them prepare for class and clinical. One student commented, "I'm passing this class because of those videos." Another student stated, "I practice right with the video at home." Faculty assign the videos for students who miss class, need review, or require remediation. There are fewer requests for open lab time.

How does this practice relate to pillars?: 

How this practice improves access:  Providing web-based video demonstrations of nursing skills brings the demonstrations to the student making it convenient for them to practice or review without going to a laboratory. Students who are ill or need to miss class still have access to the demonstrations. Students can practice as often as desired at home and can review the skill at any time without the faculty member needing to repeat the live demonstration.

Equipment necessary to implement Effective Practice: 

The following equipment is often available through campus media/technology centers:

Digital video camera

File conversion software to convert video files into web-friendly formats

Secure Server

Estimate the probable costs associated with this practice: 

The costs are minimal if the equipment is available for use. Costs of faculty and staff time to create and update videos will depend on the content to be recorded.

Other Comments: 

16 videos have been produced for the Advanced Nursing Skills course and 19 have been produced for the Basic Nursing Skills course. A requirement for approximately 100 students in the Advanced Nursing Skills course each year course is to preview the video prior to class each week. Some students watch the videos more than once. The videos are optional in the other skills course where there are approximately 128 students each year. Other students outside of the skills course are referred to the videos when they ask for review.

Another interesting situation where these videos showed value was a student that had been deployed to Iraq just after he finished his first year of Nursing school. He called us to see if he could review his skills and we were able to help him by making a DVD of the skills videos to send home with him since he no longer had access to the LMS. It was all he needed to feel comfortable looking for a job as an LPN after he returned home. It's been a worthwhile project.


Contact(s) for this Effective Practice
Effective Practice Contact: 
Patricia A. Adams, MS Ed, RN
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Effective Practice Contact 2: 
Sally Davis, MSN, RN, CNE
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