I support education efforts in over 70 hospitals all of which have on-line education opportunities. I see this an effective way to provide coginitive and theoretical education in light of the current unit or nursing floor environment. There still has to be classroom events to support the theory through practice. Practice and repetition with an education foundation leads to competence.
Education is truly a value statement in any industry. How many resources are thrown at it determines where it ranks in the food chain within a given company or hospital. Another telling sign of education value is seen by the degree of involvement in strategic decisions. I have pushed the leadership enough to be at the table whenever any strategic efforts might include education.
The vulnerability for all educators and education opportunities comes most apparent when there are economic shortfalls and RIFs. To better insulate my position in the hospital and to show value I provide how education has contributed to the the strategic goals of the hospital (increased patient quality, saved money, reduced turnover, etc.)
That means doing our job differently and figuring out how to demonstrate value in your given environment...to be valuable one has to show value to key stakeholders, which may go beyond your DON.
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Our DON is in charge of "staff development" It is all passive. Articles to read every month-handouts and online. The only off-site offering 2003 was the basic PALS. Is this the way staff development is heading-or is it just lack of creativity, laziness. Con ed is way low on DON's/Administration's list of priorities.