Ask the expert: Put a stop to tedious mandatory education

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 18, 2009

This week, Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, discusses how to make mandatory education sessions less tedious for staff and for nursing professional development specialists.

Q: How can educators make mandatory training less boring?

A: All organizations mandate particular education components for employees, but you can do what you can to make them less tedious:

  • Incorporate role play, case studies, and group activities whenever possible.
  • Vary the techniques used from year to year.
  • If you have to stay within the same format (e.g., a daylong event), change the way specific content is delivered. If you used a lecture discussion technique for one component this year, switch to a case study approach next year.

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