Nursing

Tips from TSE: Blended learning helps document nurse education

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, August 28, 2009

What types of policies, procedures, and protocols require immediate inservice education? Examples include those that affect patient outcomes; patient, visitor, or employee safety; and accreditation status.

Staff development professionals are often asked to come up with a mechanism for ensuring that these documents are read by many employees, and documentation that employees have read the material and accept any changes or mandates is usually required. How can this be accomplished efficiently?

The most efficient way to accomplish this type of inservice education is to use a blended learning format. Most healthcare organizations are able to reach the majority of employees via e-learning, in which new policies, procedures, or protocols are posted on the organization's Web site or sent directly to employees via e-mail to BlackBerries or departmental computers. Employees can sign via electronic signature to indicate that they read and understood the new or altered documents.

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

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