RSSArchive for January, 2011

Preceptor perspectives: Touch, look, and listen: Incorporate learning styles into orientation

How many times have you tried teaching a new skill to new orientees only for them to not “get it”? What about the hours and energy put in to this effort? If you calculated this up, you may realize just how much effort you really put in to teaching. Chances are, you are not teaching to your orientees’ learning styles.

There are three main types of learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Visual orientees learn by seeing, observing, and picturing things and events. Most people are visual learners. Auditory orientees learn by talking, hearing, and reading. They usually like to talk to themselves as they learn. Kinesthetic orientees learn by actively moving and doing. They often cannot sit still and must move around to keep their attention.


ANA voices opinion on healthcare reform repeal attempts

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has sent a letter to all members of the House of Representatives stating its opposition and disappointment in the House’s efforts to repeal the healthcare reform law, and voicing its affirmative support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Prior to the vote, the ANA also joined more than 150 organizations in a press conference on Capitol Hill to restate its firm support for the ACA.

In the letter, ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, expressed hope that lawmakers would focus on accomplishing a fully funded healthcare reform law, and said that the ACA provides much-needed reform in the healthcare industry— one that turns its attention to wellness, prevention, and greater access to care.

To view the letter, visit the ANA website, and to learn more about the ANA’s efforts on healthcare reform, click here.

“No decisions about me without me!”

By Wendy Leebov, Ed.D.

Harvey Picker, founder of the Picker Institute, coined this phrase many years ago.  In my view, it articulates so simply and powerfully the key principle driving patient and family-centered care.

It’s exciting to see the epidemic of commitment to patient and family-centered care! The words ‘patient-centered,’ ‘engagement,’ and ‘partnership’ are everywhere, as are bulleted lists of key principles, factors, and dimensions.

Since I’m very concrete, to better understand and embrace these concepts I’ve been reflecting on personal experiences that make these concepts come alive.  In some of these experiences, these concepts were glaringly missing and the impact was profound and disturbing. In other instances, these principles were in full bloom and the impact was profound and gratifying.


Best and worst nursing portrayals of 2010

The Truth About Nursing, a non-profit organization in Baltimore that seeks to increase public understanding of the role nurses play in today’s healthcare, has announced its eighth annual list of the top 10 best and worst media portrayals of nursing in 2010.

At the top of the “best” list is Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, which the organization applauded for the lead character’s virtuosity in using creative and effective ways to improve patient outcomes, despite her own ethical and personal issues.