Evaluation of a Unit-Based Education Process for Nurses in an Adult Trauma Care Unit

Evaluation of a Unit-Based Education Process for Nurses in an Adult Trauma Care Unit
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Full Abstract: Health care organizations must strive to provide easily accessible ongoing education structured and tailored to meet the specific learning needs of nurses. Although many studies have identified nurses learning needs, benefits and barriers to continuing education programs specific to patient related issues, little research has examined the development and implementation of a structured unit-based educational process and its effects on the learning needs of staff nurses. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the ease of access, preferences, and satisfaction with various teaching delivery methods of unit-based educational content for staff nurses in an adult trauma care unit. A unit-based education committee was created to deliver education to meet the learning needs of staff nurses based on the principles of Knowles’ Adult Learning Theory. Committee members were encouraged to use a variety of teaching strategies. A 10-item survey was completed by 14 nurses working on an adult trauma care unit. Results indicate that nurses (n=14) prefer 1:1 teaching, skills-a-thon, and in-services as a method to receive education. The results from the post implementation group showed an increase in satisfaction (57%) related to support after education is delivered as well as access (57%) to expert or support staff and to educational information (79%). These findings support the importance of assessing the unique learning needs of nurses in order to tailor the educational content and use the appropriate teaching delivery methods to meet the specific educational needs of staff nurses. Furthermore, this pilot study provides a foundation for future studies related to the use of unit-based education committees and their methods for delivering education.

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