Welcome back, everyone.
Two of the most important things
that we do as nurses,
include teaching and learning.
The main reason for teaching and learning
in nursing at all levels
is to enhance the nurses contribution
to assist the individuals,
families, and communities
in promoting and preserving health,
well-being, and to efficiently
respond to illnesses.
Now very similar
to the nursing process,
has a process as well,
Which will sound very familiar to you.
To be able to assess the situation
to diagnose, to develop,
and then to implement.
And finally, to evaluate
the teaching that you provide
to your clients or to others.
Now there are different types
of education in nursing.
First of all, or the one
that most nurses engaged,
and include patient education.
We also do mentoring
both formally and informally.
And finally, all nurses are responsible
for engaging in professional development
or keeping their skills
current and contemporary
throughout their practice.
Patient education is one
of the most important components
of nurse engagement.
In regard to patient education,
we all realize health care
has increasingly asked patients
to be more self-sufficient,
expanding the need
for precise directions from providers.
of patient education is still lacking.
One of the primary goals
of effective patient education
is to decrease hospital readmission rates.
When you think about that,
discharge planning should actually begin
when the patients are admitted
and continue through the course of stay
with improved patient education
before hospital discharge
in order to achieve the goals
of lower rehospitalizations.
So even though we understand
that patient education
is really important,
there still exists problems
with providing nurse education.
First, work overload.
A nurse has many responsibilities
throughout their shift,
and sometimes we feel it easier
to marginalize patient education
as we prioritize many other things
throughout the day
when it's actually the opposite.
We should actually prioritize
above most other things.
There also could exist
a lack of communication techniques.
The nurse may not have
the right techniques or know about them
to be able to provide
effective patient education.
Similarly, they may have
insufficient communication skills.
And, also, there may just be
a general lack of systemic support
which means the way
that the day is scheduled,
the way the staffing patterns are,
it just may not underlyingly support
the way the nurses be able to go
into the patient's room
to provide the education
because they simply
do not have enough time .
Now there are some strategies
to provide improved patient education.
First, be able to delegate
responsibilities to your support staff
and really focus your energies
on patient education.
Be able to learn
what the patient already knows
and dispel that information.
You need to understand
what the patient is coming in with.
We do understand in health literacy
that patients have a variety of ways
to learn things through the internet,
through their friends,
all types of things.
So it's important that we try to find out
exactly what they know
and either dispel misinformation
or compliment some of the right information
that they may already have.
You also want to provide
in the simplest way possible
using visual aids
if you have them.
We know, as nurses,
we have a higher level of education,
but that's not always the case
sometimes with our patients
and we have to understand
where they're coming from
and meet them there,
so that they're able to understand
the education that we provide them.
You also want to ask patients
and family members, really,
to learn important medical information
or steps to treatment,
including signs that their condition
may be worsening.
So not only do they need to know
what to do to enhance
their recovery at home,
but they also need to know
the warning signs when they're at home
to be able to call for help
if things are going worse.
You also want to question
the patient's understanding of the care
and its necessity.
So once you've provided the education,
it's really important that you do
the questioning technique
to make sure that they do understand
exactly what you shared with them
and why it's important.
And finally, you do want to make sure
that the patients understand
of all of their medications
and how and why to refill them properly,
so that they remain
on their medication plan.
Now the next type of nurse education
that we'd like to talk about is mentoring.
Now mentoring is a reciprocal
and collaborative learning relationship
sometimes more individuals
with mutual goals
and shared accountability
for the outcomes and success
of the relationship.
Now mentoring is a really great way
to strengthen the nursing workforce
and actually in turn
improve the quality of care
and patient outcomes.
So when you think about the mentor
and the skills needed there,
the mentor actually helps
the less experienced nurse
mature and grow in the field.
And the mentor actually benefits
from the satisfaction
of actually helping a younger colleague.
And today even though
we have seasoned nurses,
they're learning just as much sometimes
from the newer generation of nurses
as they learn from the mentors.
Now to be an effective mentor,
you do need to maintain your competence
within your profession.
You do want to maintain
an air of confidence
as you are teaching.
Your mentee, rather.
You also want to be insightful.
You want to be able to provide
not only some of the facts,
but you want to teach them
and show them
some examples and stories
along the way
that you've learned
throughout your career.
You do want to engage them
with your critical thinking skills.
Well, it's not always just about
remote knowledge acquisition,
but it's how you put this knowledge
into practice every day as a nurse.
And finally, as a as a competent mentor,
you also want to be capable
of providing high-quality care
because you are teaching
the less experienced nurse
how to improve outcomes
for your patients and for the organization.
Now mentoring can be
both formal and informal.
By formal, that means
you're actually assigned a mentee
that someone that you're actually
working with in a formal relationship,
and maybe coaching them
through the new orientation process
or something like that.
And it can also be informal,
meaning you're just working on the unit,
and by the very virtue
of how you work on the unit
and showing your expertise,
you may not be formally
assigned to a mentee,
but that does not mean
that everyone on the unit
may not be benefiting from your expertise
in an informal way.
And for successful mentoring,
it does require trust.
That means that the mentee
is to trust you,
and you are to trust the mentee
to be able to ask questions,
to come to you if they need anything
throughout the process.
You also want to have the ability
You need to assess the mentee,
where they are,
understanding what their skills are,
where the gaps are,
and how you can help take them
to the next level.
And as they're learning
these new skills,
be continually assessing to see
how they're growing within the profession.
By that, we also mean you need
to evaluate their skills as well.
And by doing so, you need to be comfortable
with constructive feedback.
That means having sometimes
a critical conversation
if something hasn't gone right
or if you see opportunities
Being able to vary in a caring way
share that with them,
so that they can grow
from their experience,
and not be diminished by it.
And finally, also serving
as a positive role model.
Even when you're not
in that formal situation
or having the dialogue,
having them just simply
watch you on the unit in how you interact,
not only in your professional expertise,
but also with the way
you engage with others,
how you have
All of these things in the soft skills
are super important as well.
And the third type of nursing education
that we'd like to talk about today
is continuing education
and professional development.
Now these aspects
are fundamental components
of being a professional nurse.
For professional development
in regard to the new nurse.
Now these new nurses typically
have very limited experience,
so they might have difficulties
in their first permanent nursing position.
But for the established nurses,
really helps them understand
their professional responsibilities.
That's where they are now.
But they might also have questions
about how to become a nurse leader
and actually how to take the next step
within their career.
So when you think
about developing profession,
nurses must maintain confidence,
and they must also remain open
to collaboration and evaluation
in order to attain
the best patient care.
And also in regard
to professional development,
it's really, really important
to the nursing profession
because it emphasizes
the importance of several things:
assessing learning needs,
and also upholding competency.
Now, conversely, poor education
and a lack of sufficient knowledge
can actually lead to mistakes
that are costly for people's health,
Improve knowledge is an essential tool
for prevention of errors
and providing higher quality care.
So what do we learn today?
We've learned that
both teaching and learning
are critically important
in the nursing profession.
Now, as nurses, we are responsible
for ensuring our patients
are able to care for themselves properly
This is an important task,
as recovery process, many times,
continues at home.
Also, nurses can help each other
learn through the mentoring process.
This many times is mutually beneficial
for both the novice
and the experienced nurse.
And finally, professional development
helps keep nurses current in our practice
and prepares us for advanced roles
within the profession.
I hope you've enjoyed this module
on teaching and learning.
Thanks so much for watching.