From November to March MsC Advancing Nursing Practice Students met informally outside of class to regroup, reconnect and share challenges and innovations in nursing in our home countries. To bridge conversation there was of course tea, but we would also start each session with a TED talk to provide inspiration and recall of practices undertaken at home. We met six times and watch the following TEDs:
- November 2, 2017: The Danger of the Single Story — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- November 20, 2017: A Tribute to Nurses — Carolyn Jones
- January 16, 2018: How to Heal Medicine — Atul Gawande
- February 6, 2018: Embracing Possiblities — Cleve Sauer
- March 6, 2018: Hospital Transparency — Leilani Schweitzer
- March 26, 2018: Soon we will cure disease with a cell, not a pill —Siddartha Mukherjee
Yin Wang reflects on how the TED and Teas enhanced here learning experience while at the University of Edinburgh:
In the last two semesters, my colleagues and I gathered together to watch one TED about once a month, with a lot of delicious biscuits and teas. TED and Teas is an interesting and meaningful activity for me. So I want to show my gratitude to the organizer and the Nursing Department!
When I was in China, I usually used TED as a way to learn English and overlooked the content of it. I just watched it and wrote unfamiliar vocabularies down. But in TED and Teas, every time Andrew would choose a TED relating health care for us; after watching it, we would have a discussion about it. I learnt a lot from those TEDs and discussions and got new perspectives to reflect on nursing related issues, such as the nurse social statues, nursing education and so on. These issues are also closely connected with the courses I have taken, which are very helpful.
On the other hand, TED and teas also helped me to fit in the new environment. As an international student, at first, I felt nervous in face of different society and culture. However, in TED and teas, all of us had the opportunities to share the culture with each other. This activity is like a bridge for me to the new life. I am gradually familiar with my colleagues and receive support from them. For example, when I got some questions about the papers, they were always willing to help me.
TED and Teas is a platform where we discuss nursing, culture, our life and so on. I enjoyed the TED, teas, and all times spent with my colleagues.