Laura Killam is an experienced nursing educator from Northern Ontario with expertise using social media to support learning.
She excelled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and Masters of Science in Nursing program at Laurentian University and proceeded to work as a nurse, researcher and educator. As a nurse she has experience in acute, community and long-term care. Her research has focused on student perceptions of safety in clinical learning, rural nursing education, interprofessional education and social media in education. A commitment to innovation and student success drives her teaching approaches.
Passionate about accessible on-demand learning, YouTube was a natural fit. Laura started the NurseKillam YouTube channel in 2010 as a way to provide students access to clear answers to their questions at any time of day or night. What started out as a resource for her students has since helped countless students understand complex topics in a variety of disciplines. With over 13,000 subscribers, she receives requests for help and thanks from students across the world. As an educator, she strives to reflect the characteristics of someone students can feel connected to and comfortable with – flexible, available, approachable, supportive, empathetic, honest, trustworthy, and fair.
In her free time, Laura loves to spend time camping and working on do-it-yourself projects with her husband and four children. She also volunteers to help her children’s school and on a number of professional committees.
It is a place for showcasing reflective practice. Take a look inside my head as I share questions that I have, challenges I have faced or my views on current issues. Sometimes I may express opinions or frustrations. Ideally others will find the content useful in some way and start engaging as a community. I welcome critique and discussion!
I am sure that this blog will evolve with time – as should any project that is grounded in constant evaluation and reflection. Please take the time to visit my blog and let me know what you think – good or bad.
Come study with me on Thursdays and understand the hardest parts of nursing education through relevant teaching materials created regularly. From September to June I do my best to post videos posted bi-weekly or more based on topic requests from you. In 2017 I also plan to try going on camera and live video.
Videos come complete with study tips, focused explanation of areas to study for your exam and helpful discussion questions to help you remember and apply what you need to know. Share videos and discuss the topics with students from around the world to study more effectively and Ace your next nursing exam.
As a professor I know what teachers expect, which is why this channel cuts down study time while helping you get a higher mark.
I love using YouTube as an innovative and on-demand teaching tool. Let me know what videos would help you and I will make them!
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