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Tip of the week: Take in these caveats about training approaches

Hospital Safety Insider, May 21, 2008

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Safety training is often a thorn to deal with, and there are a variety of formats to consider that can help make education more interesting.
 
One idea is to pick a topic each month to focus on, says Terry Jo Gile, a lab safety expert from North Fort Myers, FL, who spoke at HCPro’s Second Annual Hospital Safety Symposium. For example, you could tackle life safety training in October to coincide with National Fire Prevention Week.
 
Consider the following precautions from Gile about training approaches:
  • Live presentations are interactive for the audience, but can be boring for speakers if they have to repeat the sessions multiple times to reach all staff members
  • Videos and DVDs are effective, but viewers can lose interest after 15 to 20 minutes
  • Self-study programs don’t work, as employees often don’t complete them
  • Web-based training is convenient and reaches many people, but there are also ways for workers to get around it
  • Audioconference education is popular, though you may find that MP3 downloads are preferred by younger employees



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