Online Nursing Program at Olivet Nazarene Transforms the 3Ps with Real Patient Video

Creating a  Collaborative Environment

ReelDx's innovative medical  video technology helps students learn how to diagnose and treat patients by  observing real patient encounters via peer-reviewed video cases. At Olivet  Nazarene University, the technology is used to provide students with a  powerful online education.

Students first watch a video of  a patient in a provider's office, in an emergency department, or in a  community setting and are shown only the patient's vital signs, history and  demographic information. From there, the students collaborate online to share  their differential diagnosis and document their reasoning for each potential  diagnosis. They each post their assessment to the Learning Management System  for the rest of their team to see, then work together to outline a treatment  plan. By leveraging information found in Olivet library resources, and  tapping into a vast repository of patient information, students become more  proficient at clinical reasoning and determining a plan of care.

Dr. Bruley notes that the instructors see an  immediate difference in their student's performance using ReelDx. "The  faculty are more engaged with the students. They can see exactly what  materials the students are accessing to help make a diagnosis and can help  guide the students if they are going down the wrong  path."

In the past, a group of students would need to  work together to determine a diagnosis, but using the online video library in  ReelDx, students learn asynchronously, each working on their own to create a  traditional SOAP (subjective, objective, assessment, and plan) note. They are  given all of the supporting information they need to evaluate the patient  including what labs and procedures have already been done. Documenting  patient encounters in the medical record is an integral part of practice  workflow and critical to continuity of care, so mastery of this skill is a  fundamental element of their professional  development.

Different Departments, Different Uses

Dr. Bruley was surprised to see how ReelDx is being  used by different faculty in different courses. "I thought the  pathophysiology and pharmacology instructors would use ReelDx the same way.  What I found was that one educator decided to create a 'second-time visit'  scenario using another real patient case as an illustration. It's really  fascinating to see how many innovative and creative ways our educators can  utilize ReelDx to teach our students."

You can watch this video  to see how nursing students at Olivet Nazarene University are using ReelDx to  improve their online education, collaborate closely with their fellow  students, and improve the connection between faculty and  students.

Nursing Students More Actively Engaged, Improve  Clinical Reasoning Using ReelDx

According to a 2018 Online Education Trends report from,  73% of schools made a decision to offer online programs based on the growth potential for overall student enrollment. The study was based on interviews  with 295 online program administrators and 1,500 students. Why has there been  such growth in online education courses? Part of it is the flexibility that  online learning offers students who can learn at their own pace and on their own schedule. For online college programs like the nursing program at Olivet  Nazarene University there is another important reason.

"We want to offer online programs that keep  the students actively engaged in learning," said Dr. Deborah Kuhn  Bruley, Ph.D., RN, Director of the MSN Program and Associate Professor of  Nursing at Olivet Nazarene University. "Providing innovative teaching  methods, like online learning, are how we are going to train the next  generation of nurses."

In order to accomplish this  goal, Dr. Bruley sought new technology that was easy to use and would  actively engage students. When she watched a demo of ReelDx, she was  immediately impressed. "When I watched the training video I was just  thrilled. We were all blown away by how powerful ReelDx is and we knew that  we'd found the right tool for our training needs."

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