Learn to play Ponder™ The Socratic Way
and engage your students like never before.
Use Ponder™: The Socratic Way throughout your curriculum to stimulate critical thinking and clinical reasoning. Most noteworthy, it can be used for missed clinical experiences (check with your individual state board of nursing to determine if acceptable as clinical replacement hours), as a post-conference after a clinical day, or to help faculty build unfolding case studies that write themselves! As an unfolding case study, start at the beginning of an adult health course and create a patient. Name this patient and play the game for a few minutes of each class. Continue the same patient throughout the curriculum as students advance through acute care, community, leadership and more. Additionally, Ponder can be used as a tool for interdisciplinary discussions and play. Furthermore, some faculty tell me that they may simply just roll out patients and begin discussions about them. The possibilities are almost limitless!
Alternative Ways to Adapt
Ponder™ The Socratic Way for Different Levels
of Learners, Classrooms, and Specialty Courses
- Roll out several patients and have students prioritize who they would see first.
- In rural areas, rooms may have to be shared. Have students determine which patients could share a room, which patients should be isolated, and which patients might need to be located nearest to the nurses’ station.
- Roll a regular die (or two) and create that many patients. Ask students to determine what the best combination of a team to care for them would be (ie how many RNs, PNs, MAs, etc.). Then have students make assignments based on the ideal situation.
- Create patients and have students assign acuity levels. Have them provide rationales for their choices.
- Create patients and have students explain what type of physical exam they would need to do when caring for them. For example: 89-year-old male with nausea/vomiting x 3 days, history of hypertension and is on dialysis. Have the students explain their rationales for their choices.
- Create patients and assist students in pulling pertinent information together. Help them match vital signs, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms to disease and each other. Help them identify risk factors that might lead to some of the patient’s issues.
- Help students identify types of teaching that may be needed for patients. Create patients, identify teaching that needs to be done and have students teach through role-play.
- Add psychological conditions to the patients that are created.
- Have students describe and/or roll-play communication techniques that would best serve the patients created.
- Have students discuss how a psychological condition would affect the created patient’s care.
- In the beginning of the curriculum, create a patient using Ponder ™ the Socratic Way. Use some of the suggestions above for Health Assessment and/or Fundamentals to help students begin to critically think. Name the patient.
- Bring out the patient for a few minutes every class and add to the patient using the spinner to add additional problems and/or ask questions. Allow students to work in teams.
- If teaching class on line, you can create patients and share them either live and/or via Discussion Board or other sharing program. Students can Facetime and/or text back and forth their discussion of patient problems encountered before they answer.
- Continue to add to the same patient and play with the same patient throughout the curriculum. If you are teaching a particular topic or concept, add that to the patient. By the end of the curriculum, students have really taken good care of the same patient!
- Create patients and have students create concept maps based on the information supplied by the game. Have them include sections on their maps for “other information that I want to know about this patient”.
How to play Ponder™ The Leadership Game
An excellent resource for faculty who work with simulation:
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