Students in the online MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems did synchronous presentations on April 30th and May 7th 2014 using Blackboard Collaborate as part of the 745 Economics and Policy Health Systems Course. Dr. Christine Vandenhouten (instructor) and the students enjoyed connecting via this method to see/hear each other from the comfort of their homes and offices. The MSN program is primarily asynchronous using the Desire to Learn (D2L) platform.

This is not an average online course. The new online MSN course has taken the way students learn to a whole new level. Blackboard Collaborate (BBC), a web-conferencing program built into the D2L course platform, allowed students and faculty to have a more connected experience. The Economics and Policy in Health Systems students selected a health policy topic with economic impact to present to their peers and instructor followed by a lively discussion.  Now, more than ever, healthcare professionals must be aware of the impact that health policy, like the Affordable Care Act, has on health systems generally and nursing specifically.  Students were able to use technology to effectively present in-depth topics of information to their classmates and Dr. Vandenhouten.

Some of the topics were:

  • The impact of Farm Subsidies and health,
  • Department of Corrections Policy on Hunger Strikes,
  • The economics of Nurse Anesthetist reimbursement on health systems,
  • The US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation for Mammography Screening,
  • Accountable Care Organizations- A Change Model in the Delivery of Healthcare
  • The Pharmaceutical Industry, Policy, and Implications for Healthcare

Example presentation: