7 Steps to Get the Most From Your Continued Professional Development
Published: 16 August 2016
Published: 16 August 2016
Are you frustrated by the money and time spent on professional development (PD) for yourself or your team, with no perceived return on investment (ROI)?
We know that professional development in nursing is necessary and we know it is part of our registration standards (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 2016).
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could learn faster, take in more and then take action?
This would be a ‘win-win’ situation, as the lessons learned could be bought back and implemented, or shared in practice.
When you calculate the return on investment in any training program they often fall short (Paramoure 2015). It may be as simple as including these seven simple steps to improve learning. This will affect the ROI and more importantly, the change in practice and learnings, that can be implemented and shared with the rest of the team.
ROI = Program Benefits – Program Costs/Program Costs X 100%
We can equate the ‘program benefits’ to a learning shared and a change in practice for simplicity.
These steps are not only for workplace education programs – they are for all kinds of learning.
Bring an Intention
Start with a Summary
Learn from the Experts
Learn How to Speed Read
Develop a Framework
Remember Fewer Things
As a health professional, it is increasingly important to keep up to date with contemporary and evidence-based practice, and to bring these ideas and tools to life to benefit the patients (Harmer 2014).
It is not ok to let our learning become stagnant in our profession. Use these seven steps at your next education session, for a meeting or any interaction that you have with other people in and out of work.
I would love to know the difference it makes and if you have a favourite step.
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Di Kenyon is passionate about leadership, culture and what makes people tick. She has over 30 years in the nursing industry in many roles including clinical, stomal therapy and wound care, education and leadership. She has moved from full-time nursing to being a consultant in her own business where she will continue to influence people in the industry on leadership, mindset, team building and continuous improvement through innovation. Qualifications Certified Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Meta Dynamics. Level 2 Extended DISC Behavioural Profiler. Credentialed Practitioner Coaching. Grad Dip Further Education and Training (USQ). Grad Cert Management (CSU). Cert 1V TAA.