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Dawn Day
Susan, I agree, professional organizations are a key element of professionbal development. I had not thought of the impact of them in that capacity until your post. Do you think they offer what nurses need as far as patient teaching training? Do you think they should offer such trainings? Is it important enough of a subject for professional development to learn how to be an excellent patient educator in the hospitals or offices?
8/7/2015 2:12:43 PM

Dawn Day
July 7. 2012 12:29
I would like to amend my previous question. Do you think that nurses are adequately prepared to be patient educators? Do you think that training should be unit specific or facility wide? What measures would help to improve nurse training for patient teaching?
8/7/2015 2:12:20 PM

Susan Hall
I am an educator for a 4 year nursing program. It is very hard to advance in professional development due to state cut budget. I have been in this role for 4 years. I really think it is important to get involved in professional organizations. There are many organizations that have mentorship program. "Many professions, such as nursing, that depend heavily on knowledge is important to provide opportunities for professional development" (The Lewis Group, 2009). No one can know all there needs to know to provide safe care (Institute of Medicine, 2011). The way we provide care is changing every day. We need to keep abreast of these changes to create clinically successful nurses. One way to do this is to explore technology.


Institute of Medicine (2011). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health.Washington , DC: The National Academies Press.

The Lewis Group, 2009. Wisdom at work: Retaining experienced RNs and their knowledge-case studies of top performing organizations. Falls Church VA.
8/7/2015 2:11:50 PM

Dawn Day
June 27. 2012 23:59
Hello all educators.

I am researching the state of the professional development of educators in the United States. What feedback does anyone have related to time allotted to teachers for professional development and opportunity provided by employers for substantial professional development programs. I am an adult educator, but am also interested in the differences between professional development in higher Ed versus K-12, so all comments are welcome.
8/7/2015 2:11:25 PM