The "Blitz": A Creative Way of Updating and Educating Nursing Staff on Clinical Issues

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Presentation
Title:
The "Blitz": A Creative Way of Updating and Educating Nursing Staff on Clinical Issues
Abstract:
The "Blitz": A Creative Way of Updating and Educating Nursing Staff on Clinical Issues
Conference Sponsor:Emergency Nurses Association
Conference Year:1999
Author:Deborah, , Smith
Contact Address:Duke University Medical Center, 2008 Woodview Drive, Durham, NC, 27704
Contact Telephone:USA
Co-Authors:Jeanne Brown, Sandy Falise, Chris Perry, Donna Phinney, Lynette Teague
Clinical Topic: In the dynamic, high-tech, multi-specialty setting of the emergency department (ED) demands on nurses to update and maintain clinical competencies, keep abreast of new treatments and follow institutional policies are staggering. To target our staff's learning needs, we developed an educational "Blitz."

Implementation: Each specialty committee designed checklists, goals and evaluation materials for the ôBlitz,ö a 6 hour program scheduled over a 4 day period for all nursing staff. Stations were manned by committee members and set up in our Fast Track area for Trauma, Cardiac, Pediatrics, and Point of Care Testing/Policy Review. Staff rotated to each one hour station and committee members shared teaching responsibilities. Examples of topics covered included: use of equipment like fluid warmers and temporary peacemakers, intra-osseous needle insertion, sedation of children, nursing care during the insertion of ventriculostomies, and giving GP IIb/IIIa inhibitors to cardiac patients. Our new stroke assessment scale was introduced in the classroom during a working lunch. Educational methods included: demonstrations of equipment use and skills, scavenger hunts, posters, written tests, videos, and lectures. Sponsors provided snacks, lunch, door prizes and useful clinical ôfreebiesö like penlights and learning materials.

Outcomes: The "Blitz" was highly successful. All staff updated skills and met yearly competency requirements while enjoying a relaxed "day away" to focus on learning. An evaluation survey revealed: (1) increased comfort levels implementing ED based protocols and procedures, (2) enthusiasm and staff satisfaction with program, (3) staff discovered the value of colleagues as educational resources, (4) suggestions for improvement of Blitz and future topics were generated, (5) nursing assistant blitz was recommended and managers encouraged biyearly blitzes.

Recommendations: We highly recommend the use of a "Blitz" to update nurses and nursing assistants. Future blitz topics specific to each ED's needs and clinical competency requirements should be explored and developed. Staff driven continuing education ensures success and motivates the team. We recommend that the staff plan and implement this project with input and support from management as well as educators. [Clinical Poster Presentation]
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Emergency Nurses Association

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe "Blitz": A Creative Way of Updating and Educating Nursing Staff on Clinical Issuesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/162638-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The &quot;Blitz&quot;: A Creative Way of Updating and Educating Nursing Staff on Clinical Issues</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Emergency Nurses Association</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">1999</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Deborah, , Smith</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Duke University Medical Center, 2008 Woodview Drive, Durham, NC, 27704</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">USA</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Jeanne Brown, Sandy Falise, Chris Perry, Donna Phinney, Lynette Teague</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Clinical Topic: In the dynamic, high-tech, multi-specialty setting of the emergency department (ED) demands on nurses to update and maintain clinical competencies, keep abreast of new treatments and follow institutional policies are staggering. To target our staff's learning needs, we developed an educational &quot;Blitz.&quot;<br/><br/>Implementation: Each specialty committee designed checklists, goals and evaluation materials for the &ocirc;Blitz,&ouml; a 6 hour program scheduled over a 4 day period for all nursing staff. Stations were manned by committee members and set up in our Fast Track area for Trauma, Cardiac, Pediatrics, and Point of Care Testing/Policy Review. Staff rotated to each one hour station and committee members shared teaching responsibilities. Examples of topics covered included: use of equipment like fluid warmers and temporary peacemakers, intra-osseous needle insertion, sedation of children, nursing care during the insertion of ventriculostomies, and giving GP IIb/IIIa inhibitors to cardiac patients. Our new stroke assessment scale was introduced in the classroom during a working lunch. Educational methods included: demonstrations of equipment use and skills, scavenger hunts, posters, written tests, videos, and lectures. Sponsors provided snacks, lunch, door prizes and useful clinical &ocirc;freebies&ouml; like penlights and learning materials.<br/><br/>Outcomes: The &quot;Blitz&quot; was highly successful. All staff updated skills and met yearly competency requirements while enjoying a relaxed &quot;day away&quot; to focus on learning. An evaluation survey revealed: (1) increased comfort levels implementing ED based protocols and procedures, (2) enthusiasm and staff satisfaction with program, (3) staff discovered the value of colleagues as educational resources, (4) suggestions for improvement of Blitz and future topics were generated, (5) nursing assistant blitz was recommended and managers encouraged biyearly blitzes.<br/><br/>Recommendations: We highly recommend the use of a &quot;Blitz&quot; to update nurses and nursing assistants. Future blitz topics specific to each ED's needs and clinical competency requirements should be explored and developed. Staff driven continuing education ensures success and motivates the team. We recommend that the staff plan and implement this project with input and support from management as well as educators. [Clinical Poster Presentation]</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T10:31:35Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T10:31:35Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipEmergency Nurses Associationen_GB
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