Honoring Educators During National Nurses in Staff Development Week
“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.”
Nurse educators in hospice and palliative care nurture learning: formally from evidence-based research, clinically from best practices in the field, and personally from one’s own life experiences. Their learners, in turn, teach: patients, caregivers, interdisciplinary team members, partners in hospitals and long term care facilities, and others.
Staff development educators who continually guide the interdisciplinary team to learn new knowledge, sharpen clinical skills, and instill deep values of patient-centered care are an essential component of expert hospice and palliative care delivery. Many hospice educators are nurses who emphasize the importance of holistic symptom management, teaching all team members how to recognize the signs of distress and physical suffering and how to respond with evidence-based management approaches.
Recent regulatory changes necessitate changes in the practice of hospice and palliative care professionals, including the:
- Utilization of complex electronic medical record systems in-the-field with ever-changing mobile devices;
- Adherence to strict, often hard-to-decipher regulations, payment structures, and scrutiny;
- Struggle to provide quality care during this era of tightened budgets, higher acuity, increased caseloads, and complex outcome measurement systems; and
- Implementation of a myriad of other changes your agency is facing every day.
Today’s changing landscape requires hospice educators to teach more, do it faster, reduce costs, and incorporate QAPI measures for continual staff development improvements.
Recognize the value of your agency’s educators. Educators help IDT professionals in translating clinical knowledge, and policies and procedures into their expert care of patients and families.
Remember the early days of your professional career, who taught you what and how to learn, and instilled the all-important why it matters.
Thank those in your organization who ensure that IDT members have the knowledge, tools and evidence-based protocols to provide the highest quality care.
Prepare for unforeseen clinical and regulatory challenges that are just around the corner.
Support your professional development staff by giving them the tools they need to improve care at the bedside.
FT, DMA, BCC, Director of Education, Hospice Education Network, Inc., firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn how the Hospice Education Network, Inc. can support the work of your agency’s educators, save you money, and enhance your staff and volunteer education. Calculate the savings and reap the rewards today!
Learn more about National Nurses in Staff Development Week, July 1-8, 2013 and recognize the educators in your life.