Personal Care Assistants
April 23, 2019

Are Personal Care Assistants Missing Out On Education?

As demands on healthcare services increase, so too do the number of personal care assistants (PCAs) and assistants in nursing (AINs) employed to support their registered colleagues. Care assistants are now well established as valuable team members within a wide variety of clinical specialities. But their relative lack of access

Supporting New Nurses
February 19, 2019

New Nurses and a Culture of Support

When a graduate nurse walks through the doors of your institution, what do they see, feel, hear, and experience? What message is delivered by the nature of your corporate culture? Do they feel supported, or do they feel dismissed and disdained? Setting up new nurses for success isn’t rocket science,

Food Insecurity
February 12, 2019

Understanding the Complexities of Food Insecurity in Rural Populations

Food insecurity is a reality that challenges rural residents across the globe. It is vitally important that nurses, particularly those working in rural and regional settings, understand the risk factors that residents face related to food insecurity so that this community-level issue can be recognised and addressed with evidence-based strategies

Technology Enhanced Learning
February 05, 2019

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) – Transforming Healthcare Education

In the view of the Oxford University Press Blog (2017) technology is ‘cool’ and increasingly a part of student’s lives. Yet, as the demand for technology enhanced learning (TEL) increases many teachers and facilitators find themselves playing catch up with the vast array of new technologies that promise to revolutionise

The Future of Learning Styles
January 23, 2019

The Future of Learning Styles – Is it Time to Change?

You are asked to create an education program for your nursing team. If we consider the checklist for the constructive alignment of the outcome-driven education program, it may consist of: Intended learning outcomes: including aims and objectives of what is to be learned; Learning taxonomy; Learner centred: the needs and

Knowledge Retention Strategies
January 17, 2019

Knowledge Retention: 7 Proven Strategies for Healthcare Educators

Knowledge retention, or knowledge management, is the process by which new information is transferred from the short-term to long-term memory. Yet, because human memory is imperfect there is a constant need for educators to find effective, creative teaching strategies to support the long-term preservation of knowledge in their students. This

January 08, 2019

Cultivating Critical Thinking in Healthcare

Critical thinking skills have been linked to improved patient outcomes, better quality patient care and improved safety outcomes in healthcare (Jacob et al. 2017). Given this it is necessary for educators in healthcare to stimulate and lead further dialogue about how these skills are taught, assessed, and integrated into the

Emotional Intelligence in Nursing
December 12, 2018

The Emotionally Intelligent Nurse

Emotional intelligence (EI) may be a buzzword in many circles, but there’s no question that emotionally intelligent nurses are sought after communicators, team members, and healthcare professionals. A nurse with a high emotional quotient (EQ) is worth his or her weight in gold.   Emotional Intelligence in Nursing Emotional intelligence,

Moral Distress in Nursing
November 15, 2018

Moral Distress: Responding with Education

Moral distress has been described as: “One or more deleterious self-directed feelings that arise in response to a nurse’s perceived participation in a patient care situation that the nurse believes to be morally undesirable” (Stokes, 2017). When patient care situations or practice standards become barriers that prevent a rural nurse

The Nurse as Mentor and Role Model
November 13, 2018

The Nurse as Mentor and Role Model

“Be a role model because you can and because you care” (Anonymous). Remember back to your nurse training or your first job. Who was the nurse who took time to educate and guide you through your first weeks? Talked you through all of those tacit skills and clinical hurdles that