Return to Nursing Study
July 12, 2019

Should I Return to Study? The Nurse’s Question…

When you’re a nurse who has completed your initial nursing study, earned a diploma or degree, and become licensed as a healthcare professional, the very thought of returning to university can be overwhelming. However, sometimes another course of study and the degree it bestows can be the best option for

July 03, 2019

Developing Educational Leaders in Your Healthcare Team

Work-based learning is at the heart of continuing professional development (CPD). Yet to be truly successful a learning culture needs to include all members of staff, and enable them to become educational leaders. The question is, how can this be achieved in practice? In answering this Purcell and Lloyd-Jones (2003)

Trust your nursing intuition
June 25, 2019

Trusting Your Nursing Intuition

As a nurse, you learned many skills during the course of your nursing education. Some are considered “hard” skills (e.g.: venipuncture, injections, catheterisation, etc) and others are often characterised as “soft” (e.g.: communication, empathy, motivational interviewing, etc). One such so-called “soft” skill that can’t really be taught is learning to

Risk Management Education in Healthcare
May 14, 2019

Is It Time for an Overhaul of Risk Management Education?

Risk management in healthcare is potentially more important than in any other industry. Many researchers, including Moskowitz (2018), are now suggesting that there is a clear link between implementing a successful risk management strategy and the education of all employees. So, is it time for an overhaul of risk management

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

Emotional Savings Account
April 16, 2019

The Nurse’s Emotional Savings Account

Nursing can be an emotionally taxing career, and working in any healthcare setting can take a toll over time. If you’re a prudent, forward-thinking, and emotionally intelligent nurse, you may already know how to practice good self-care and make deposits to your emotional savings account for future moments when the

Problem Based Learning
February 26, 2019

PBL: Problem, Practice or Project Based Learning?

The acronym PBL is used widely in academic literature but what does it stand for? Problem-based learning, practice-based learning, or even project-based learning? As Cambell (2014) points out having so many possible meanings can be unhelpful and confusing. So how can healthcare educators make sense of PBL and choose the right

Nurse Career Development
January 29, 2019

High-Level Nurse Career Development

When nurses navigate their nursing career journey, there are many choices to be made as that process develops. While nurses can move the career needle on their own, the organisations that employ them can also play a large part in nurses’ professional success if they choose to invest in their

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

Learner Assessment
November 27, 2018

Assessing Learner Performance – 5 Principles of Assessment

Assessing a learner’s clinical performances is a complex process that is vital to nursing. Learner assessment is used to describe the learner’s abilities to perform skills with appropriate knowledge and attitudes, and to determine if capability for practice is demonstrated (Helminen, Coco, Johnson, Turunen & Tossavainen, 2016). In Australia, capability