Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – An Introduction for Registered Nurses

PIDP 3240 – Media Enhanced Learning
Vancouver Community College
Kathryn Truant
October 22, 2017

Part One – Proposal for Open Textbook

Title: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – An Introduction for Registered Nurses

Topic, and Needs Assessment:

“After having been employed in an Oral Surgery specialty practice for many years, I have learned that while RN’s receive extensive knowledge and training in the medical field, a ‘warm and fuzzy’ connection with the oral cavity is lacking. I decided to compile a crash course for nurses entering our practice so that they   would feel confident while they learn the new dental anatomy and terminology language. I’m sure that I will continue to add to this document as new questions arise daily from our RN’s such as, ‘what does luxate mean?’ I love working with these intelligent and dedicated members of the oral surgery team, and simply want to make them feel comfortable in their new discipline” (Truant, 2016, p. 1).

Delivery Assessment:

The above quote is from my personal blog. I assessed and recognized a need for an introductory reference document for Registered Nurses who are entering the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) in 2016. My initial delivery method has been composing Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – An Introduction for Registered Nurses in Google Docs©, and sharing a link to the file on my professional blog. However, the Open Textbook format that I am learning about in PIDP 3240 Media Enhanced Learning is a fantastic educational media-based reference tool, and much more professional and elegant looking than a link on a blog. An Open Textbook is an online book with an open license available to students, educators and the public. An Open Textbook is available to print, download or as an electronic book (Wikipedia, 2017). The Open Textbook software that I chose is PressBooks©, where you can “easily create professional print or e-book editions” (PressBooks, 2017, p.1).

Target Audience:

Nurses are my target audience, specifically nurses entering an OMS practice for the first time. Age and gender of my target audience is not applicable. Registered Nurses who are interested in a concise comprehensive introduction to OMS are my intended target audience. In addition, my target audience must have access to a computer and basic computer skills.


Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – An Introduction for Registered Nurses is intended as a quick reference guide and will consist of a brief introduction, and eight short chapters which provide a succinct overview to OMS; the short chapters divide the information into easily referenced segments. My Open Textbook also has a reference section. It has links imbedded in text, and a Links section intended to provide further information on OMS for my intended readers. The book’s objective, first and foremost, is to be informative and engaging.


The Introduction to my book is complete, and so are my References and Links sections. I have written seven Chapters, and I am currently working on the eighth and (planned) final chapter. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – An Introduction for Registered Nurses is currently available to read, download or print on the PressBooks website. The document will be continuously edited and updated as new questions and suggestions develop from Registered Nurses and the dental community.


While researching resource material on this topic, I was only able to find one resource specific to the subject, A Manual of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for Nurses (Yates, 2000); it is a textbook, and is not available online. This confirmed my initial needs assessment and reinforced my decision to create Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – An Introduction for Registered Nurses as an online reference document. My resources have also come from professional experience (I have worked in OMS for 12 years), and from numerous diagrams and articles found online. I have been meticulous at citing all resources, especially those found on the Internet. In all resources cited, I have tried to find the original author if possible.

Copyright Licensing:

I applied a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International copyright license to my Open Textbook. This Creative Commons copyright license allows my textbook to be shared and adapted as long as I am given appropriate credit, and notified of any adaptations. I am happy to share my textbook (that is the sole purpose of creating it), and allowing others to adapt it to their needs fosters creativity (Creative Commons, 2017).

Part Two – Open Textbook: (Please follow link below to read the book online)

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – An Introduction for Registered Nurses (Truant, 2017)

Part Three – Self-Assessment:

  1. What did I learn about the process of creating this project?

I am learning that creating an Open Textbook requires the use of diagrams and photographs, which are of better quality than media that I could produce myself, although I did use many of my own photographs. In the process, I learned the importance of citing the source of the media that I used from online photographs and diagrams; it is often difficult to find the actual author. Conversely, learning about Creative Commons copyright licenses has motivated me to create more of my own educational diagrams and photographs to share.

I am learning that there are many ways to deliver instruction, and was glad to discover PressBooks. PressBooks has a user-friendly format that I can continuously edit and build; it is a great reference tool for learners, and a great way for me to share information! My book is a quick reference guide (i.e. it is not a lengthy document). PressBooks is free, however file storage is limited to 10MB, and my book has a lot of diagrams and photographs. I tried to insert media files that were as small as possible, but to include all the diagrams required in my objectives, I had to upgrade to a premium subscription of PressBooks, which was only $19.99. In addition to an additional 15MB of storage, the upgrade includes removal of advertising and watermarks, and it is a one-time fee, so well worth the price in my opinion.

The process of creating my Open Textbook has been very educational because I am articulating years of knowledge from professional practice, and I am improving my computer skills by learning new software. Finally, I am learning that the most integral aspect of online publishing is accuracy; it is a lot of responsibility to create and publish a reference document, and I want my audience to trust me to deliver what I set out to teach.

  1. How will I use this project in my professional practice?

I am excited to share my book with colleagues, and I look forward to feedback from my target audience. I am also trying to find ways to increase exposure to my book; how will I let people about it? In addition to providing RN’s that are new to our practice with a link to my book, I am considering emailing my professional contacts a link as well. Feedback and collaboration will enhance the ongoing maintenance of my publication, and I love that I can update my book anytime, and from any device.

  1. What will I do differently next time I create an online project?

My goal in the future when creating an online project is to solicit collaboration from peers and my target audience right from the start. I also want to find other media methods to enhance learning; for example, I can learn how to insert an educational Podcast or Video into my Open Textbook to make it more engaging. “An essential skill for the online instructor is the ability to create a detectable teaching presence in the virtual setting to support a deeper level of interaction and learning than is expected in an online offering” (Conrad & Donaldson, 2012, p. 11).

  1. Self-Assessment:

Rubric Score: 14/15

Letter Grade: A

  1. Rubric Score Rationale:

Open Textbook Proposal:

  • My proposal has a professional look and feel, and I also added a personal anecdote in the opening quote from my blog. “One way an instructor’s course presence becomes evident is by the demonstration of her or his own engagement” (Conrad & Donaldson, 2012, p. 11).
  • My proposal includes all the components outlined in the Assignment 3 description: What is it about? Why write it? Who is it for? How will it look? Where will I find resources?
  • My consideration for a Creative Commons license is explained.
  • My proposal meets all technical specifications outlined in the Assignment 3 description, and reference material is cited. A reference page is included in APA format.
  • The language of my proposal is professional and accurate.

Open Textbook Chapter:

  • My Open Textbook has a professional look and feel (thanks to PressBooks!).
  • Instead of doing one chapter, I chose to do a series of small chapters; the brief chapters are an example of the brevity that I chose to employ to provide an overview of OMS. It is for this reason that my project does not meet all the required specifications.
  • Reference material is cited and a Resources page is included in APA format.


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@ Please refer to my Resources page for works cited