Quote from amoLucia
... Ask that they come to the meetings prepared with some ideas.
... on-unit inservices. Short, sweet & simple.
Agree with your ideas, Amo. Except the above.
Don't give staff a homework assignment to come prepared to your meeting... you're not paying them for that time. Nurses work hard enough, and resent further intrusions into what's rightfully their life, their family time, etc.
And at the meeting, they'll be able to give you all that you'll need without preparation. But be careful... will you really be doing something positive about what your inciting??? If it turns out you don't, future ideas will be stunted, and maybe also what they think about these meetings.
On-Unit Inservices -- consider whether staff truly has the time for them. Does the material actually merit more time to develop it as needed? How efficient will the inservice be? How many times will the presenter have to repeat the same spiel? Think about distractions at the unit. Should this topic be best discussed in a meeting?
From experience, on-the-job nursing education generally sucks. Please don't just pass out your list of "improvements" (or what corporate wants), and ask everyone to read it and sign the inservice form. Or even read it to them.
Do take the time to explain, justify, give examples, allow them to give input and discuss openly without fear of upsetting the powers that be. Be sure what's being proposed really makes sense. Will it save them time? Make their job easier? Or are you dishing out more meaningless paperwork and complicating their already overwhelmingly difficult jobs?
Wrote this very quickly... hope the intent / meaning comes through.
What's happened to nursing through the years???
Someone's gotta stand up and stop the nursing insanity. Hope you do.