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Christine Callahan

Clinical Instructor, Nursing

May 2017 Innovation Fellow

I have been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years with a clinical practice primarily in cardiology and critical care.  I have been fortunate to maintain a clinical practice and have also held nursing educator positions as an Assistant Professor of Nursing and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.  Most recently, I have had opportunities to implement and lead positive change in clinical practice at Baystate Medical Center including redesign of a Rapid Response Team and development of a Nurse Residency Program in the inpatient setting.

Fellowship Project & Instructional Interests

My most recent research and scholarship activities have centered on the concept of failure to rescue.  With the development of an innovative model of clinical practice designed to effect substantial positive change in the inpatient setting, the BMC Rapid Response Team (RRT) provides a high value rescue response that reduces inpatient Code Blues, insures consistency of practice for high risk populations such as patients with Sepsis and Stroke, and provides a consultation and surveillance service designed to identify and treat patients with deteriorating condition & utilized by medical, critical care and nursing teams.  The RRT is an inter-professional team.  I have had the opportunity to both publish and present on this topic.

Storify has the potential to enhance the laboratory experience for students.  I am hopeful that the students will find this addition both engaging and helpful to their learning.  The laboratory setting in nursing can be at times “blah”.  I want to use the story-telling to drive the experiential learning in the lab and eliminate didactic components where at all possible.  As well, students can use Storify to share case studies with others and enhance the typical nursing care plan component of the clinical experiences.

iMovie is an application I plan to use in the laboratory setting as well.  Students do not have many opportunities for self evaluation.  The use of iMovie while video-taping themselves completing a skill or series of skills, audio-dubbing over with a self critique, and repeating the skill until there is mastery will be a valuable experience.  Often students are encouraged to practice until they feel comfortable, but they generally practice a few times, get the general hang of it and finish.  However, when they arrive at clinical and now have to demonstrate the skill with a patient, suddenly they are not so confident.  Thus, use of iMovie may force some repetition that is also important for muscle memory when learning skills and I am hopeful that they will be more confident in the clinical setting.