Hands-On Approach Cements Clinical Knowledge for New Nurses

Nurse residency students with lift

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.”