Inside best practice: Evaluating effectiveness of staff education

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, March 15, 2010

ROI factors in cost of training and education with savings or cost elimination. In general, evaluation becomes more difficult and complex the higher the level.

One example of demonstrating results of educational evaluation is through documentation for Model Component III: Exemplary Professional Practice, Source of Evidence EP30, which asks about the structures and processes used to improve safety in the workplace.

In this example, the organization’s guidelines were applied to a quality improvement and research project: the staff injury prevention (minimal lift) program. Numerous nurses at all levels were involved in developing, implementing, and evaluating the program. Nurses participated in developing policy, revising electronic medical record minimal lift assessment tools, identifying types of equipment and devices, determining placement locations, serving as subject matter experts and educating peers, and serving on various committees and task forces. Education was a key component throughout the yearlong implementation process.

Source: This excerpt is from the March issue of HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. Don’t have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro’s Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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