Updated: Aug 30, 2020

I wrote my dissertation on the Utilization of Telepractice with Speech language pathologists. And one area that I have wanted to expand on is the concept of Telehealth Education. Last fall, I considered and worked towards a postdoc fellowship on that area for Community colleges. Unfortunately, due to other circumstances it did not happen.

I am continuing this area in the form of my first Capstone for my my UX/UI bootcamp. UX explores the users needs and experiences to create an experience that best helps those users. In light of Covid-19, Telehealth has been at the forefront, especially for nurses on the front lines. Education of Telehealth, although important seems to still be lacking, in spite of the surge of activity. In my Capstone, I am exploring the experiences of nurses and nurse educators on Telehealth Education and Covid-19. I am recruiting for nurses and nurse educators to complete this survey and be available for a 45 minute post-survey follow-up interview through Zoom. If you are not a nurse educator or nurse but know someone that is, please refer them to this post.

Updated: Aug 30, 2020

The end of last year and the beginning of this year has been a tough one. I had a really hard time finding a job, I was scammed, lied to by someone who I thought could have been a romantic partner, and there was this world-wide virus. But, I made the decision to turn things around so I could have a future that I could be proud of.

On March 30th, I began working on a 9 month UX/UI bootcamp through Springboard. It was perfect for this transition. It provided design experience, a mentor, a career coach, and job placement. I am now 2 months in and the design tool that I am using is Sketch. It has been challenging but I am getting it, slowly. The UX (research) part has been fairly simple for me due to my research background through my doctorate. Working on this program has given me purpose as I work towards a future plan.

As a result of working on my elevator pitch, I realized my purpose and passion. I have been a caregiver for 8 years for my father with Lyme disease. I attended a webinar that was sponsored by Alive Ventures, a startup that focuses for design on the elderly. The webinar featured Don Norman, an 85 year old designer who emphasized aging in place. This webinar inspired me to follow this path and look at organizations that are working on assessable design for the elderly. I have been able to locate a few by Googling and also reached out to others in the healthcare/recruiting spheres.

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Today was a pretty interesting day, What I read in Code to Joy, meditated on in Calm, and the meditation in the meditation challenge centered on the same theme...consciousness. So, what does it mean to be fully awake, fully conscious. What I am referring to is conscious and subconscious.

In calm, they talk about quieting the mind, you begin to see the whole picture.

In the meditation challenge, the task was to take two shortcomings and come up with a plan of action. As I alluded to in the post on Day 9, I had difficulty coming up with a plan. However, quieting my mind, allowed me to see the big picture. I have some very big aspirations and projects and I can not not achieve these without coming up with a plan. Part of that is speaking about my plan, my shortcomings that could result in some powerful results.

One area that I feel I am lacking is in my technical skills. However, I making steps to increase my skills. What better time to work on skills than during a pandemic when I am quarantined at home! So, I am learning UX/UI. There is a lot to learn about but I absolutely love it....it is like I was built for it!

Happy Meditating!

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