Tips from TSE: Combine educational training to eliminate time challenges

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, June 12, 2009

Time is always a challenge when it comes to educating staff nurses. So Peg Daly, RN, BS, education specialist at North Adams (MA) Regional Hospital, and her team combined fall prevention training with other education: a review of the new bedside delivery medication system, the medication reconciliation process, and an allergy conversion process. "There was no way to pull nurses off their units for separate education programs, so we combined several critical, mandatory programs into one major education event," Daly explained.

Since computer access was necessary for the initial two hours of training, class size was limited to 10 nurses. During the first two hours the class featured a review of the bedside delivery medication system, medication reconciliation, and allergy conversion. A review of the eHealth portal process that allows nurses to access health information from physicians' offices was provided. After a break, the final two hours of class were devoted to the fall prevention plan.

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the June issue of The Staff Educator. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to The Staff Educator!

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