Organizing, Pinterest, Study Blue, EverNote, Dropbox, Informatics and E-Portfolios


Recently I read an article in Time magazine which noted the various ways that people study. It further summarized the study habits that most researchers agreed were most productive. While I am famous for highlighting and rereading, this was not as beneficial according to researchers.

What was determined to be most useful? It was the use of flashcards. Thus, the addition of this study help for students. Please be aware that there are also apps for smart phones so you can use this on the go! This is a new venture so the number of flashcards to cover all subject areas will increase over time. In the meantime, to utilize this tool follow the directions and link below.

Happy studying :-)
Mrs. H

Please check my Pinterest account: I cover all the same nursing topics as this wiki in boards named the same. This can be a great visual help.


Pediatric Flashcards from StudyBlue

This is not required but is offered as a study help...

The flash cards are still there for students with a Study Blue account. They now charge a fee so I no longer use this.

How to:

Go to
Create an account; it is free.
Add your school, University of South Carolina Upstate with 9 classmates... not the one with 69.
Join a class.
If University of South Carolina Upstate is not in the blue box, add it, from there look for Nursing Pediatrics - Hiott.

Go to the backpack and pick the folder Nursing Pediatrics.

Here ia a link to the page with the flashcards.

Please let me know if you have difficulty with this so I can help if I can.


Mrs. Hiott

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Inspiration and Organization to help 'fix' your life!
Not required...just suggested ;-)

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Organizing ourselves is one of the most important keys to productivity. However, arranging ourselves and our lives can be quite a task, depending on the number of things that are on your plate!

Long before I was a nursing instructor,I was a home educator with six children, each with a busy life of their own.On my plate, I had a job, schoolwork for my degree, schoolwork for the kids, a sick mother, a daughter's wedding, pets, houses, bills, broken cars, and 'a partridge in a pear tree' ...

I know that I was not then, and am not now, unique in this level of chaos. It seems to invade all our lives. Thus, organizing has always been a personal quest.

Most students have a great deal on their plates, as do many teachers.While this opportunity to create is what drives me as an educator, it seems that there are pieces of me divided between many people, places and things.Although it seems I spend a great deal of time in the quest for organization,I often feel scattered and unorganized.My mind is constantly going and going like the Energizer Bunny but on the outside I probably resemble this bunny a bit more.


Wouldn't it be great to be so organized at the end of the daythat even if I didn't get everything done (imagine that?),at least everything would 'stay put' in a holding pattern somewhere,along with everything else,until I decided to pick it up again?

Wow,this would help me be able to turn my brain offto sleep and relax for awhile...(pending I find time to sleep or relax awhile!).

So, I am once again on an organizational mission,only now it seems much more complicated in this digital age.

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Hmmm,but what if the very thing which seems to make life even more complicated,the digital age,could help me?
Virtually speaking, what if I had a place where the random thoughts were organized?A place where I can put them down,as well as,pick them up whenever I desire without 'losing' them.
Well, I am hoping that Evernote and Getting Things Done (GTD) will help with this.Here is a video about both these two things. Cute; but does it work?
Evernote and Dropbox!

For help taking notes and collaborating...
This is not required!

I am always trying to find more ways to be organized. When I ran across these two applications, my heart almost skipped a beat. Anyone with lots of ideas, notes, projects and segments to their lives are sure to love these...

I have started using Evernote and love it! It has a phone app so I am able to jot down ideas anywhere, anytime and when I open my laptop, there they are! I have several notebooks to keep various areas of my life compartmentalized and can place links and notes there. If you are all over the place or an idea person, try it, you are sure to love it!

Mrs. H

Evernote: The Basics..


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Getting Things Done by Davis Allen is the book referenced in this video. I cannot wait to read it because it has gotten rave reviews around the internet.

~The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ~Alvin Toffler



This is a link to the TIGER Initiative:

This is a web site set up by June Kaminski RN, MSN, PhD about informatics

The E-Portfolio the resume of the future

I have submitted the paper on e-portfolios for another reason as well. To introduce the concept of an e-portfolio as a medium for students to consider as a reservoir for their work.

The paper below suggests the idea that health professionals can hold and house their creative writings, papers, and ideas with
an e-portfolio. A venue such as this can help when the individual applies for a job or to return to school. Following this paper is a link to an example e-portfolio.

The Purpose of E-portfolios for the Professional Nurse
Deanna B. Hiott
Charleston Southern University

The Purpose of E-portfolios for the Professional Nurse
E-portfolios are a new concept in nursing. Diane Skiba (2005) notes that portfolios, which have been a common tool in the field of education, are now being required for some advanced nursing credentials. While many institutions are beginning to require e-portfolios, instructors should weigh the merit of such an undertaking with a purpose and expected outcome in mind. Some researchers express concern that heavy emphasis on this skill acquisition may interfere with clinical nursing skill acquisition (Scholes et al., 2004). Ideally e-portfolios should offer the student or nurse the ability to showcase their strengths and philosophies as a nurse, as well as, their expertise. E-portfolios, in turn, could offer the student or seasoned nurse an excellent tool to be utilized in a job search to exemplify writing, communicative, creative and clinical skills. Such a medium could also provide the professional nurse with a coordinated and organized way to demonstrate abilities and preparation for higher education.
According to McGonigle and Mastrian (2009) four steps are involved in the e-portfolio development process. One must collect appropriate works, select the most representative, reflect on the experiences learned and connect the portfolio with an audience. This process is not as simple as it seems and often can appear overwhelming. Analysis indicates that students, which enjoyed the writing process and demonstrated superior linguistic skills, handled the assignments with greater ease and understanding (Scholes et al., 2004). Another study noted that the students struggled to complete the portfolio and did not feel that it added to their communication skills (Nairn et al., 2006). However, these same students did find the reflective writing cathartic and conceded that it would be a useful employment tool (Nairn et al., 2006). McGonigle and Mastrian (2009) also report that many states are beginning to offer electronic portfolios to their constituents. This demonstrates the need for nurses to be prepared for this type of endeavor. Therefore, it is clear that this tool could prove useful but it is essential that the purpose of the portfolio be clear and careful guidance and instruction be given.
Since the development of a portfolio requires the collection of selected experiences, which the student can reflect upon, it would be suggested this be initiated in the undergraduate environment through reflective journaling about clinical experiences. This assignment is fairly simple and much less intimidating than the development of a portfolio. This type of journaling could assist students to begin the process of collecting experiences to reflect upon. The more they write and reflect the more comfortable the process becomes. Consequently, as the student nears graduation the collected journal entries could be reviewed and refined in preparation for the development of a portfolio. If the student continues into the graduate environment, the student is ready for the next level, the development of an e-portfolio.
The debate about e-portfolios has only just begun. Clearly before this concept is integrated into a schools curriculum, it would be advantageous to explore the goals to be accomplished. What would the purpose of such a document serve? What should be included? Similarly, it would be necessary to evaluate at what level this skill would be taught and how it would then be evaluated. With so much needing inclusion in the undergraduate nurse’s education, perhaps completing the e-portfolio at the graduate level would be most beneficial.
Lastly, as computers and the world of informatics continue to move into all areas of the nursing environment, equipping nurses with the abilities to compete in a changing market will be necessary. Assisting nursing professionals to generate an e-portfolio will help them define who they are and what their capabilities are in a competitive work environment. Ultimately, helping nurses secure fulfillment in a profession where they have demonstrated their abilities and accomplishments.

Johnson, G. (2009). E-Portfolios processing and dissemination of professional accomplishments. In D. McGonigle & K. Mastrian (Ed.), Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (pp. 385-382). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett

Nairn, S., O'Brien, E., Traynor, V., Williams, G., Chapple, M., & Johnson, S. (2006). Student nurses' knowledge, skills and attitudes towards the use of portfolios in a school of nursing. Issues In Clinical Nursing, 15, 1509-1520.

Scholes, J., Webb, C., Gray, M., Endacott, R., Miller, C., Jasper, M., & McMullan, M. (2004). Making portfolios work in practice. Issues And Innovations In Nursing Education, 46(6), 595-603.

Skiba, D. (2005). E-portfolios, Webfolio, and E-dentity. Nursing Education Perspectives, 26(4), 246-247.

The link below is an example of an e-portfolio. This site was developed using google but there are numerous different avenues to develop such a site.

Example of an E-Porfolio

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