I want to know what all of this data could mean to me, not only as a nurse, but also as a person.
I can appreciate the complexity of the subject matter, but I think you're missing an opportunity to educate us and bring us up to speed in a user-friendly fashion.
This isn't to be critical of you or your efforts. You have obviously gone to great lengths to research a topic that has captured your interest. I have to tell you, though, it hasn't captured mine. And it won't if my only source of information is the links you have been posting.
The most useful links are the ones that lead to short articles in everyday language. Some of the links don't work. But the ones that fry my brain are the highly technical accounts that presume a certain level of familiarity with the subject matter, a familarity I'm not even close to having. The report on the recent Senate hearing, for example, was mind-numbing.
Instead of overwhelming us with information, it would probably be much more effective if you could distill what you have learned and present it to us in an elemental form the way newswriters do. Set the context, give us the highlights, and tell us why we should care. THEN provide a couple
of links for back-up and further reference.
I can interpret each piece of information for readers, but would it not be better to educate colleagues to interpret for themselves what the information is saying, rather than anyone having to take my word for it?
Ideally, this is true. But we aren't there yet. If you don't start small and work to create an interest, you might as well be teaching a course that no one has signed up for.
Many years ago, I had to take Microbiology during the summer. This was an eighteen week class squeezed into six weeks. That would have been challenging enough, but the instructor for our community college class really should have been teaching at a grad school level. In her desire to impart a wealth of knowledge and a love of the subject, she went into far more detail than any of us needed or could absorb. As a result, the syllabus went out the window. We ended up having an excruciating amount of information on some topics and next to nothing on others. She was frustrated because she had so much to share. We were overwhelmed and unhappy because her immense ability and phenomenal grasp of science were far more than we were ready or able to handle. Although we all passed, we felt that in her effort to give us so much, she had actually short-changed us and given us less than we needed.
The most complex of subjects can be explained in simple terms. No, you can't capture all the details and nuances, but those are lost on the ininitiated anyway. Tell us, person to person, in down to earth speech the most important things we need to know. Add details in small
doses. Check, now and then, to see if we're getting it. Ask what we
want to know.
By providing us with mountains and mountains of hard-to-access data (no one can say you're not thorough), you're in effect answering questions that haven't yet been asked.
Pique our interest. Draw us in. Don't "dumb down" necessarily, but de-mystify the subject so that we can get past the jargon into the meat of the matter.
None of this is meant to be critical of you or your concerns. Only to encourage you to meet us where most of us are right now. Channel your efforts into creating an awareness and and interest that we don't yet possess.