Monday, August 26, 2013

Nurses use Google Hangouts to collaborate on technology

Originally posted on on July 29, 2013
By Denise Amrich

Summary: Nurses are using new media to collaborate, even when the participants are on opposite sides of the globe.

Google Hangouts are getting more and more interesting. The ability to easily start a live video conference with colleagues all over the world, share screens, and see each other -- all in real time -- is opening many doors for innovation.

Sure, live video conferencing has been around for years, and it's been quite good for some time. But it hasn't been as easily and freely available as Hangouts on the ubiquitous Google infrastructure. Now, anyone with a Google account can start a live video conference.

A good example of this is the Hangout produced by Yuri Shevchouk and involving RN Rob Fraser, clinical development nurse Ian Miller, and travel nurse Gary Cox. Talk about worldwide, Fraser was in Toronto Canada while Miller was in Australia's Canberra region.

Fraser discussed using technology to help nurse leaders tell their stories. Miller talked about how the web site he developed helped share information within his nursing unit. Cox talked about travel nursing and apps that help him get his job done.

I encourage you to watch this Hangout, which the four graciously shared up on YouTube for everyone to see. It's a great example of using new media to collaborate, even when the participants are on opposite sides of the globe.

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Google Hangout Participants
  • Rob Fraser - Registered Nurse - General Internal Medicine and Founder of Nursing Ideas
  • Ian Miller - Clinical Development Nurse - ACT Health and Writer at
  • Gary Cox - Travel Nurse
  • Moderator: Yuri Shevchouk - Nurse Entrepreneur
Rob Fraser discusses how he used the internet to expand his nursing education, he used technology to help nurse leaders tell their story and educate other nurses. Rob Fraser discusses how nurses should take control of technology rather than let it rule them, he wants to see more nurses getting involved in developing technology.

Ian Miller talks about how he developed his first website,, to share information within his unit. Ian mentions Mike Kettigan a doctor thats putting out information on his website. Ian encourages nurses to do this too. Ian Miller also mentiones the SMACC Conference on social media and critical care.

Gary Cox talks about how he used mobile apps back in the day to do med calculations for his unit and hospital. Gary discusses his blog,, and how it evolved. Gary discusses how he used technology to improve his nursing skills. Gary talks about hospital mobile phone use Policy. Gary also talks about filtering the information on the internet.

Definition List:
to collaborate: to work together with somebody in order to produce or achieve something
colleague: a person that you work with, especially in a profession or a business
real time: the fact that there is only a very short time between a computer system receiving information and dealing with it
ubiquitous: seeming to be everywhere or in several places at the same time; very common

Pronunciation MP3:
= collaborate
= colleague
= ubiquitous