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More than a quarter of new nurses and midwives are unaware of the standards for social media in their workplace, though for the most part, they are a responsible bunch.
Research by Dr Anthony Tuckett of The University of Queensland School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work analysed use of platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram among recent graduates in Australia and New Zealand.
“The overwhelming majority – 97 per cent – accepted that there are purposes for which social media ought not be used in their profession,” Dr Tuckett said.
“They provided almost 100 situations they would avoid where they felt usage was unprofessional, malevolent, illegal or unethical.
“However only 72 per cent said they were aware of the professional standards governing use in their country of registration.
“Given that all but seven per cent of nurses and midwives surveyed indicated they used social media, we argue it is very important to raise this level of awareness.”
A total of 112 respondents were surveyed by Dr Tuckett and colleague Professor Catherine Turner, 46 per cent of whom studied in Australia and 54 per cent of whom studied in New Zealand.
Undertaken in 2014, the research showed Facebook was used by 97 per cent of survey subjects, followed by 46 per cent for YouTube, 42 per cent for Pinterest and 36 per cent for Instagram.
There was minimal usage among recent graduate nurses and midwives for Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Tumblr and Vimeo, and zero use of Flickr and AboutMe.
“I found the low usage of LinkedIn (eight per cent) and Twitter (five per cent) somewhat remarkable, given they are platforms that can be used to contact fellow professionals and market expertise,” Dr Tuckett said.
“Twitter is already widely cited as used by health consumers as a means to spread public health messages and monitor ongoing health issues.
“Our results suggest that for these young healthcare professionals, the utility of social media might not have been explained or reinforced in a professional development context.”
Aside from social and educational purposes, survey participants revealed the most common reason they used social media was to “look at funny cat pictures”.
WASHINGTON — Metro has selected its candidate for general manager: Neal Cohen, an executive with aerospace and defense products supplier, ATK, multiple sources tell WTOP.
Cohen has accepted Metro’s offer — but it’s not a done deal yet, sources said on the condition of anonymity.
Cohen is an executive with ATK, but he also spent 16 years with Northwest Airlines and US Airways, where he was in charge of restructuring, profitability and growth initiatives.
The new general manager will face several problems right away.
Metro still needs to complete safety directives from the 2009 crash outside Ft. Totten, including replacing the 1000 series railcars with the new 7000 series. The Federal Transit Administration issued 91 safety recommendations from an audit released in June.
Metro will have a new list of directives when the National Transportation Safety Board completes an investigation into January’s deadly smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza.
Financially, the FTA put the agency on a restricted drawdown list for federal grants after it found Metro misused the money in past years. Revenue is stagnant, labor costs are rising, and ridership has declined over the past five years.
As a result, Metro is facing tough choices as the budget season ramps up in December. D.C. Councilman Jack Evans has said he won’t support any fare hikes in 2016 as a way to solve the problems.
After the smoke incident, the derailment near Smithsonian, and the transformer fire at Stadium-Armory, Evans said passengers are frustrated with Metro and restoring trust is the primary goal.
Former General Manager Richard Sarles announced his retirement last September, then left the post in January. Jack Requa was named interim general manager at that time.
The surrealistic world of Haruki Murakami serves as a backdrop for the in-development video game Memoranda, a point-and-click, character-rich adventure that hit its Kickstarter fundraising goal this week.
The magical realism-infused game takes inspiration from more than 20 of Murakami’s stories in telling the story of its protagonist, who slowly realised she is forgetting her own name.
Whether she is truly losing her memory of there are other strange circumstances at play is revealed as the story unfolds.
The developers promise 40 scenes, 20 characters – all of whom are losing something, from a name to a film reel box to their sanity – and numerous puzzles in a classic 2D Point & Click game for Linux, Mac and PC.
After hitting the initial campaign goal of CDN$18,000 (RM57,706), the game’s pledges are now nearing a stretch goal of CDN$22,000 (RM70,540) that would result in a mobile release on iOS.
The team hopes to finish the game in two or three months and release it on the Steam website. For those who pledge to the campaign, delivery of the game is planned for December 2015, and higher contributions come with rewards such as being turned into a non-playable character or having your portrait appear in one of the game’s scenes.
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Videogames that draw from the literary world are not a frequent occurrence, but as Memoranda was inching toward its funding goal, another ambitious project to bring literature to gaming was getting buzz.
At the Frankfurt Book Fair last week, Ken Follett revealed details of a videogame adaptation of his best-selling 1989 historical novel The Pillars of the Earth.
The medieval saga is set in the town of Kingsbridge, and its fans will be able to experience it as a gaming world in 2017, when it is due out on all major platforms.
Possible cost blowouts and delays associated with the rollout of yet another health IT system in South Australia has the state Auditor-General worried.
State Auditor-General Andrew Richardson said delays with the $30 million Enterprise Pathology Laboratory Information System (EPLIS) had the potential to result in a “sub-optimal” solution when it is launched at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.
There are also warnings of a cost blowout, with “minimal” contingency funds left for the remainder of the project.
“We consider that cost pressures remain to implement a fully functional and operational EPLIS,” he said.
“These cost pressures are further intensified with the new RAH opening delay and the potential impact to the rollout plan.”
EPLIS will allow pathology requests, reports and results to be available electronically.
The Auditor-General’s report states the project’s schedule and estimated completion date has been pushed out.
He cites delays in governance approvals, poor communication between the software vendor and SA Health, and a lack of an integrated approach between SA Health’s IT unit and SA Pathology as problems.
“We note that the recent delay in the new RAH opening will provide additional time for the program to complete all required activities, thus reducing this risk,” he said.
Mr Richardson has also raised concern the procurement of the new laboratory instruments and robotic tracks has not been finalised.
The contingency plan is the continued use of the current Frome Road Laboratories and couriers.
Integration between EPLIS and troubled EPAS systems unknown
The integration between EPLIS and another troubled health IT system, EPAS (Enterprise Patient Administration System) is also yet to happen, which has the Auditor-General worried.
SA Health’s contingency is the continued use of paper forms should electronic pathology ordering not be available at the new RAH.
“SA Health advised that pathology orders from EPAS will be accepted by EPLIS, with results returned electronically,” Mr Richardson said.
“Prior to the recent new RAH opening delay being announced, we noted that the EPAS program originally underestimated the time and effort required to perform all associated development, testing and staff training in readiness for initial operation at the new RAH.”
EPAS is an electronic health record system which has itself been dogged by cost blowouts and its rollout across public hospitals has been delayed.
It is being installed at an increased cost of $422 million.
Ten badly-eroded dune zones on the Gold Coast are slowly being repaired from the ground – or from the beach dunes – upwards thanks to hundreds of volunteers each year.
A decade ago the federal government’s National Landcare Program provided community grants to help establish small teams of volunteers to do revegetation and anti-erosion work.
It is unsexy, old-fashioned, but critically-important grassroots work that is slowly but surely repairing damaged beach environments, despite the ravages of storm and cyclones.
Federal grants have now been replaced by local grants and in recent years a partnership between the Gold Coast City Council and Griffith University has evolved.
BeachCare – a program run by a $200,000 joint partnership between the two organisations – now plants, cleans, revegetates and monitors 10 dunes areas from Paradise Point on the Gold Coast’s north to Rainbow Bay in the south, right beside the New South Wales border.
Tegan Croft, a graduate of Griffith University’s School of Australian Environmental Studies, is the co-ordinator of BeachCare, which is funded by $110,000 from that money.
She began as one of the 800 BeachCare volunteers who have been working on 10 sites, linked in with community groups.
“What we are trying to create is a corridor of beautiful dunes from one end of the coast to the other,” Ms Croft said.
“But that all takes time,” she said.
The 10 dune sites – needing dune stabilisation, revegetation, litter removal and weed removal – have chosen by the public, by Gold Coast councillors and by conservationists.
“It is basically reviving the beach habitat,” Ms Croft said.
“It may have been eroded away and we might replant spinifex to help hold the sand,” she said.
Storms do badly impact the beaches, but their impact is often misunderstood, Ms Croft said.
“The thing that storm mostly brings is litter and rubbish,” she said.
“A lot of the marine debris gets washed up into our dunes and we find thousands of tiny little pieces of plastic and foam that has been washed in.”
They also have to clean up after people light bonfires, “do lewd things in the dunes and forget someone has to clean up” and repair vandalism.
But their major role is revegetating the dunes to stop erosion.
However the Beach Care volunteers work at the 10 dune sites on the Gold Coast 42 of the 52 weeks of the year and do have a well co-ordinated rehabilitation program, Ms Croft said.