April 30, 2019

Preceptorship in Nursing: How to Develop an Effective Preceptorship Program

There is a global shortage of nurses. It has also been found that turnover rates are higher for new nurses than for senior nurses, and that many of these nurses are leaving the nursing field all together. Given this, there is a bigger need to recruit, mentor and then retain

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

Performance Appraisal
March 19, 2019

Conducting Performance Appraisals in Healthcare

A performance appraisal is a regular assessment on how an individual is performing in their job role.  It can have many benefits in practice, being used to: Identify individual learning needs; Identify continuing development needs of employees; and Demonstrate competency in practice. Additionally, it can also assist with the communication

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,

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

Patient Education in the Waiting Room
January 15, 2019

Providing Patient Education in the Waiting Room

There is a plethora of evidence that confirms that an increasing number of patients are spending more and more time in waiting rooms across a variety of health care settings (Willis, Ozturk & Chandra, 2015). However, there is a gap in the literature regarding what patients are doing while they

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

Effective Feedback
December 19, 2018

How to Give Effective Feedback: 6 Tips for Nurse Educators

Effective feedback is a very important process that occurs in nursing practice. When delivered effectively, feedback can: Improve performance; Aid in learning; Help individuals understand their strengths and deficits; Allows learners to implement strategies to strengthen and improve their practice; and Ultimately improve patient care and outcomes. Given the potential

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,

Care to Learn Podcast
December 05, 2018

Care to Learn Podcast Episode 9: Geoff Ahern

In this episode of the Care to Learn Podcast, we sit down with Geoff Ahern, a senior mental health clinician and educator. Geoff speaks to us about the impact of unconscious bias in mental health, why taking the time to listen to each individual’s story is vital, and how mental