Nursing

The art of nursing

Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), December 1, 2008

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Developing your nurses’ assessment skills regarding changes in patients’ conditions is essential to ensuring they provide safe, effective care. With the recognition that assessment is an important part of healthcare and art, a Chicago hospital decided to team up with a local museum to develop a training program to improve this skill set among its new graduate nurses. “To improve assessment skills, we wanted to make this a more interactive program, not just put them in front of a PowerPoint,” says Randy Ball, RN, MSN, nurse educator in the center for professional practice and research at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC). “They all just came out of school; the last thing they want is more lectures on a PowerPoint.”

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