National APP Week
National Anesthesia Practitioner Week takes place Sept 25-29 and recognizes their contributions across every field of medicine. APPs include Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Nurse Midwives as example anesthesia professionals.
Students broaden the types of apps they can create during this unit by learning about variables, conditionals, and functions – and how these computing components relate. App Lab also plays an integral part in this experience.
Unit 1: Input and Output
Computers take in information in the form of 1s and 0s, processing it into output data, including anything from text displayed on a monitor to audio played through speakers to printed pages produced by printers. “Input” refers to devices that help input information, including keyboards, mices, touch screens, and microphones.
A weekly planner app is a helpful way to stay on track and organize tasks and appointments in one central place, offering an alternative to notebooks, spreadsheets, or other apps for tracking daily schedules and activities. The best online weekly planner apps offer user-friendly features like customizable templates, time tracking options, and cross-device calendar sync capability – ideal if working from home or traveling!
National APP Week will take place October 11-15 to recognize and commemorate all advanced practice providers (APPs). Among these are Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Certified Nurse-Midwives who serve in critical roles within healthcare. APPs make an invaluable contribution during shortages or disasters, making their presence vital.
UAB Medicine Advanced Practice Provider Executive Council will host several events during APP Week to honor and raise awareness for Advanced Practice Providers, such as an appreciation wall, virtual kickoff ceremony, and various events and activities.
Unit 2: Lists and Loops
Students in this unit learn to create applications that use and process lists of information through EIPM lesson sequences, culminating in an open-ended project that asks students to design an app based on real datasets of their choice. Students also practice using tools that help identify patterns within datasets.
Students expand the types of apps they can create as they gain skills in using variables, conditionals, and loops to repeat pieces of code. Students will explore each in-list block – an iterative process that runs blocks repeatedly until conditions have been fulfilled or they reach an end-point state.
This unit will enable students to explore the programming language further and introduce classes – a means of grouping related code – by building types to hold objects of an array and then writing a loop that traverses it to print each object from it.
As part of National Advanced Practice Provider Week, UAB Medicine is pleased to recognize its team of Physician Assistants (PAs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Certified Registered Anesthetists (CRNAs), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs). Let’s recognize and celebrate their contributions – they bring so much value and help our communities across America! Let us join together in acknowledging them!
Consider creating or designing a physical or virtual “APP Appreciation Wall,” where staff can post thanks and appreciation or distribute APP-themed swag such as T-shirts and mugs that reinforce community spirit. Also, recognize APPs during grand rounds or other public forums to foster camaraderie and collaboration among colleagues.
Unit 3: Data Visualization
As with architecture, data visualization requires stripping away excess to get at the essential trend, pattern, or information you want to communicate quickly and clearly. Consider Le Corbusier’s famous quote, “Let there be space, and let it be clear.” The same concept applies to data visualization: you should prioritize function – the trends or patterns or vital pieces of information you wish to convey at once – over aesthetics (consider how users navigate and interact with it) before designing something as beautiful and aesthetically pleasing as possible!
Today’s best user interface (UI) tools make it possible to express information in various ways besides text alone. Multiple graphics and chart types are available that make data more easily understood by people; all you have to know is which ones to select and how best to implement them.
Area charts can be helpful when it comes to showing how large one group is relative to another or showing how important a particular data point is compared with another data point. You can use scatter charts and bubble charts similarly to visualize relationships between variables or show relative values quickly and conveniently.
Note of caution: It’s essential to remember that specific data visualizations work best when displayed separately from others, for instance, a gauge that requires precise information that other points should not obscure. Also, avoid mixing too many different visualizations on one page or report.
Hayes Locums is proud to acknowledge National APP Week and recognize the significant contributions of advanced practice providers such as Certified Registered Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Midwives, and Physician Assistants as a crucial component of the healthcare workforce and in bridging gaps across underserved areas across America. We look forward to working alongside them and appreciate all they do! Thank you all for all your hard work – thank you, Hayes Locums!
Unit 4: Recommendations
APPs are essential members of any healthcare system. Their important role includes filling staff shortages while assuring patients receive high-quality care, providing invaluable insights during patient interactions, improving clinical outcomes, and even contributing to research and education – genuinely making them essential team players.
National Advanced Practice Provider Week (APP Week), held September 25-29, recognizes these individuals and raises awareness of their contributions in countless areas of medicine. CRNAs, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Certified Nurse Midwives all count among APPs.
APP Week provides an ideal platform for increasing collaboration among APPs and celebrating their accomplishments. Recognition can come in creating an APP Appreciation Wall or giving out promotional swag to boost team morale; formal acknowledgment can occur during meetings and public forums and using this week as a brainstorming and planning opportunity for future collaborative projects.