In the know: Meet the educational needs of preceptees

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, January 5, 2009

Teaching adults presents certain challenges that a preceptor should be able to recognize and adapt to. Adults learn in different ways than children. Adults, in most cases, must be able to see the relevance of learning as it applies to their work or life.

Adults often need immediate feedback, and that feedback is best given with a positive spin (if possible). Negative feedback or feedback given too long after the incident occurred will do nothing but frustrate the learner and delay learning.

Keep two questions in mind when teaching adults:

  • How will this information make their life better?
  • How is it different/better than what they know now?

Another crucial issue concerning education is how a person learns:

  • Some people are audio learners. They learn best if they hear information.
  • Some people are visual learners. They need to either read the information or see the procedure to learn it.
  • Some people are tactile learners. The best way for them to learn is to actually do it, touch it, assist with it, and so forth.

Source: Stressed Out About Your Nursing Career, HCPro, Inc. 2008. Be sure to pick up your copy today!



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