Ask the expert: Supporting nurses as they pursue further education

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 11, 2009

This week, Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, discusses how to help adult learners prepare to return to school for further education.

Q: How can I help my experienced nurses who are heading back to school but worry about how they will find time for studying amongst their family commitments?

A: It is vital for adult learners to explain to those closest to them that assuming the role of an adult learner causes changes in their interpersonal relationships. Learners should talk to their family and friends before classes begin. They must also work with family and friends to create time to study and to ask them to participate in learning activities.

The significant people in learners' lives need to be aware of the new demands on their time, why they need to support learners' efforts, and how learners will juggle the demands of family, friends, and education.

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