Tips from BESD: Professional growth and development of educators

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 21, 2010

As staff development specialists, we generally focus our time and attention on the continuing education and professional development of others, often at the expense of our own professional growth and development. Jobeth Pilcher, EdD, RN, neonatal ICU (NICU) nurse educator at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, and her colleagues addressed this concern by initiating several innovative strategies to stimulate the professional growth and development of those responsible for the education of others.

Pilcher is the chair of the educator innovation group for the healthcare system. The group focuses on promoting inventive ways of meeting educators' continuing education needs as well as helping them identify and implement innovative teaching techniques.

"As we all know, it is difficult for nurses to find time to attend in-person classes," says Pilcher. "So we needed to come up with more flexible ways to meet their education needs and improve their technological skills, too."

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the June 2010 issue of Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development.

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