Too Busy to Learn? How to Engage Time-Poor Nurses

36m of CPD
Michelle Girdler
13 December 2017

It’s 1.30pm on a Thursday afternoon and it’s double staff time. A perfect time to run an educational session, right? Now you just have to find your learners across the ward and get them to attend on your in-service, all the while they’re thinking about their patient whose antibiotics are due, the notes they have to write, and the lunch break they haven’t had! – sound familiar? Engaging busy learners is quite possibly one of the biggest challenges facing nurse educators. However, there are simple, practical ways that can make your job easier.


Michelle Girdler


Michelle is currently the nursing director for practice development in the Central Adelaide Local Health Network, SA. She has been in clinical education and practice development since 2005. Prior to this, her roles included nurse unit manager emergency, after hours nurse manager, and clinical nurse. She has a background in emergency nursing, cardiology, and orthopaedics. Michelle has completed a Master of Nursing and has teaching qualifications and a clinical teaching graduate diploma. Michelle has presented at national and international conferences, has published academic papers, and has both practical and clinical skill sets. Michelle is the current national president of the Australian Nurse Teachers Society (ANTS) and a standing member of the Coalition of National Nursing & Midwifery Organisations Council (CoNNMO). One of Michelle’s many areas of interest is focused on facilitating growth and development of nurses of all levels, to achieve safe care environments that promote person-centred care.


Stephen Dunk30 May 2018
would like to see the slides

Carey-Ann Sym28 May 2018
Interesting. Would of liked to have seen the pictures/screen.

Deirdre O Brien27 May 2018

Zhen Song17 May 2018

Raewyn Head25 Apr 2018
very engaging

Raewyn Head25 Apr 2018
Enjoyable and Engaging..

Rajwinder Kaur16 Apr 2018
Good information with examples

Wadzana Nollie HWATA02 Apr 2018

Michele Selby23 Mar 2018
Great lecture with practical implications

Nicholas Stewart Cleave03 Mar 2018
Included some interesting ideas on how to engage people in education

Lisa Fraser23 Feb 2018
Very engaging/informative, a pity we couldn't see the pictures.

joshua bold13 Feb 2018
Great lecture

Renu Renu04 Feb 2018
Selection of topic for presentation was fabulous.It makes us to be select good decision at right time and be active to do work for care of patient.Good examples enhanced the more clear lecture.

Charysse Gosney04 Feb 2018
It was ok but it would have been more engaging if we could see the slides- remember the visual learners!

Angela Fitzgerald01 Feb 2018
I found it difficult to view as slides and examples she was referring to were not shown

Crystal Marshman01 Feb 2018

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