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It never fails to amaze me how management will not accommodate all 3 shifts to insure attendance. They get upset when they give them at 2 pm while the 2nd shift watches the floor and the night shift is halfway thru their sleep cycle and only days shows up. If the inservices are dependent on a speaker who can only speak at a specific time, why not video tape the inservice for the other shifts. It seems all the programs given to support the nurses or the cna's are done during the daytime. It's not a question of being fair, its a question of reaching all employees to enhance quality of care. Any suggestions as to how other facilities deal with this issue?
Well, I can see both sides of this. I'm an Employee Health and Education nurse for a large retirement community. I'm responsible for pretty much all the Education campus wide for all employees. I try to schedule inservices to best meet the needs of the employees, and have come in at 11 pm to get night shift, etc. What I have found works the best are the times 7:30 am (to get the night shifters), 10 or 10:30am for days, and 3:30 for 3-11. Unfortunately, there really isn't any "good" or "free" time for the staff to always attend during their shift, and God forbid we pay a little overtime for the staff to attend inservices before/after their shift. I have taken a stand on this, especially for night shift when there's bare bones staff anyway, to allow them to get their inservicing done after their shift is over. Who can learn when they're worried about all the work they have to do when they get back up to the unit?
No easy answer, really, but I agree that all shifts need the education. Taping the inservices is okay, but doesn't allow for questions/discussions. It seems to me that your Education dept. needs to be a little more flexible with their schedules. Now, when I do come in for night shift, I only come in one night (multiple times) and I make sure the supervisor sits in on it so that she can reach the employees that I don't. That's another key in making sure that information reaches everyone. Supervisors can be a big help to the Education nurses.
Hope this helps...good luck!