Halls C & D (Indiana Convention Center)
Saturday, November 12, 2005
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Halls C & D (Indiana Convention Center)
Sunday, November 13, 2005
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Halls C & D (Indiana Convention Center)
Sunday, November 13, 2005
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
This presentation is part of : Creative and Expressive Arts in Nursing
Electrolyte Story Writing and Telling
Diane Marie Ford, RN, NP-C, Nursing, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, USA

Poster Presentation

Objectives: 1. Stimulate interest in learning about electrolytes and their function in the body.

2. Present key information about electrolyte imbalances in a creative way to foster retention.


Teaching and learning key information about electrolytes and their imbalances, as typically presented in nursing textbooks, can be tedious and boring for both nursing instructors and students.

Students in an undergraduate baccalaureate nursing program are placed in groups of approximately three students and given an assignment to write and present a one page story about an electrolyte and its imbalance (either high or low).

First, students are encouraged to personify the electrolyte and give the character a name that describes its overall function. Then in story form, the students describe where the electrolyte primarily resides; for example, ‘Boneville.' Next they describe a few of the most common causes of electrolyte imbalances and what happens when this occurs. Lastly, the story is to incorporate information about other hormone, fluid, electrolyte, or acid-base imbalances which commonly occur with the electrolyte balance about which they are writing.

To present the information to their classmates, students read the story, act out the story, present a puppet show, or draw pictures or cartoons which illustrate the story.

This experience helps electrolytes and their problems 'come alive.' It is a laughing and learning experience. Student interest is evident by the numerous applauses and positive comments which are consistently received.