From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, August 26, 2011

Editor's note: This feature is written by nursing professional development expert Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN. Each week, Adrianne writes about an important issue in the area of professional development or answers reader questions. If you have a question for Adrianne, e-mail her at

Resources for busy Nursing Professional Development specialists

Sometimes we just wish we had time to surf the Internet and look for resources to help us with program development. I've done some searching for you and here are some websites I came up with that I hope you will find helpful:

  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses ( QSEN is a comprehensive resource for quality and safety education for nurses. According to its website, it is "a place to learn and share ideas about educational strategies that promote quality and safety competency development in nursing." Some of the free resources available include annotated bibliographies, faculty development learning modules, and teaching strategies.
  • Audacity® ( A free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. This resource may help you add audio enhancement to your education programs.
  • Educating the Net Generation ( This article provides insight into education strategies for the net generation. Oblinger, D. G., & Oblinger, J. L. (Eds.). (2005). "Educating the net generation." Washington, DC: Educause.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ( This organization offers a toolkit for redesign in healthcare.
  • Horizon Report 2011 ( The New Media Consortium produces an annual report identifying emerging technologies that may have a big impact in the future. The website says the 2011 report is "a research-oriented effort that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have considerable impact on teaching, learning, and creative expression within higher education."
  • ( This site is a good resource for educators looking for ways to help learners (and teachers) enhance their memories when dealing with healthcare-related topics. The site is full of practical (and often amusing) acronyms to help you help others grasp some intricate healthcare knowledge.

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