When Susan Calhoun, BSN, OCN, clinical educator, teaches the safe patient handling session for the Nurse Residency program, she avoids PowerPoint presentations.
“I like to do a lot of hands-on activities,” Calhoun said. “These nurses just got out of school so of course they’re kind of sick of PowerPoints.”
For lifting, she brought a variety of lifting equipment so nurses could try out the techniques she covered.
“It takes a little more time, but I feel you learn more by actually doing,” she said. “I think that’s the advantage of the residency. You can reiterate things. You’re able to give them more in-depth practice, and it gives you more of an opportunity to address issues right then and there.”