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The ruminations of a nursing faculty member studying informatics, social media, socio-technical perspectives, and nursing.
The ruminations of a nursing faculty member studying informatics, social media, socio-technical perspectives, and nursing.

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A few faculty members and students from Western and Fanshawe will be presenting a 5.5 hour workshop on social media and public health at the upcoming ANDSOOHA workshop in Toronto, on Oct 2 (http://www.andsooha.org/).  To advertise this event and provide some basic instructions to the attendees, we decided to make a trailer/teaser video.  Let us know what you think, and please feel free to share with anyone who you think may be interested in the topic, or following along at the #andsooha hashtag.
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Fantastic video!  What a role model for nurses everywhere.
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Dean Sittig's 8-dimension socio-technical model, as a Youtube.  Great video deconstructing elements of the complex nature of health information technology.  i really liked how Sittig stated that 'computers' were once for calculating things - but, the real benefit of/for computers is as a 'social communication tool'.  Computers (like iPhones et al) are (now) social tools....and subsequently subject to lots of 'social' forces.  I think many of our current evaluation models still treat technology in the vein of the 'traditional computer', as a monolith, which is non-reactive to social forces. 
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The textbook "Public Health Research Methods" (2015) edited by Greg Guest and Emily Namely (publisher: Sage) arrived on my desk a week or so ago.  What a fantastic book for research methods in the health and public health domains.  I especially like chapter 14 by Costenbader and Valente on social network analysis.  A clean and concise read, with helpful tables outlining various softwares and other constructs worth exploring. 
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I've been looking for a good video describing Actor-Network Theory on the internet for some time.  I've watched a number of videos that have attempted to describe its ontology and perspective, but NONE have come close to this one by Simon Lindgren. 

To be honest, I was thinking about making a video 'sort of like this' to help describe Actor-Network Theory to lay audiences, but, I could never come close to replicating the awesomeness that is this video.  I especially like how medieval he goes at the end to really stress the dismantling of the Blackbox Network of an iPhone, into its 'elementary' actors. 

I guess that hammer quickly became an important actor in the translation of a new actor-network between the human and iPhone :)
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Always looking for readable summaries on socio-technical perspectives related to technology.  I came across this forthcoming book chapter by Sawyer and Jarrahi at Syracuse University.  A great reader for anyone wanting to obtain quick summary of socio-technical perspectives in IT/IS, from a number of different perspectives
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New paper on social media in nursing.  A total of 410 nurses were surveyed into their technology usage and background demographics.  Reminds me a bit of the CNO social media nursing study conducted a few years ago (summer 2012).  Still left wondering as to the deeper reasons and rationale for nurses using social technology.  I guess i should write that paper.
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Infograph on what 'health informatics' is currently.  it's like reading a tl;dr summary of the last ten years of attempting to figure out what the topic really was/is.  Although the infograph is a tad techy deterministic, it does a good job outlining some key features of HI (*from an American context).  Decent article by Mashable (http://mashable.com/2013/08/15/healthcare-and-it-health-informatics-infographic/) and the infograph was made by the MHI folks at UIC (http://healthinformatics.uic.edu/)
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Interesting white paper on digital literacy moving into the future. I also really like their constructs/skills on page 105, entitled "Who Should Respond? A Systemic Approach to Media Education".  Lots to think about in terms of social media, information, and nursing education #socialmedia #media #education #literacy  



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