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"Title: Engaging Nurses with In-Person Multidisciplinary Education

By Caitlin Silva MSN, RN, CCRN, SCRN


This project was to evaluate the impact of “Brain Day,” a targeted multidisciplinary continuing education (CE) class that utilized in-person teaching to promote engagement and satisfaction among nurses in a progressive care unit (PCU).


Staffing shortages have reached critical levels and educators are tasked to find new ways to increase engagement and satisfaction. Perceived organizational support and workplace relationships have a significant impact on retention. Required contact hours can be used to address staff identified learning needs to keep CE relevant and promote satisfaction. In-person education has been shown to promote engagement and perceived connection while using multidisciplinary speakers strengthens teamwork.


This educational intervention targeted a 33 bed PCU. The educator met with nurses and leadership to identify new or changing education needs related to stroke and care of complex neurology patients. Neurosurgery, Neurointensivists, and the Stroke Coordinator were consulted to create a targeted lesson plan with 4 CEUs toward stroke education for the year. Titled “Brain Day,” the class included in-person teaching from experts with hands on and lecture components. It was offered over 3 days to ensure all staff could attend. A post class survey was used to evaluate nurse’s perception of the event, how they would like to receive education in the future, and the overall quality of the program.


Fifty PCU nurses participated in “Brain Day.” Nurses graded the multidisciplinary speakers for their Knowledge (average score 98.7%), Content of the lecture (98.3%), Method of Delivery (98.7%), Questions answered (98.9%), and Environment of Learning (99.5%). Comment sections asked how they would want to receive education in the future with 48% (n=24) stating they would like more in-person classes, 8% (n=4) stating they preferred on-line learning, and 44% (n=22) not indicating a preference. When asked to rate the overall quality of program 96% (n=48) of nurses rated the program as excellent. General feedback from nurses was that the class reinvigorated them and made them feel empowered.

Conclusions/Implications for Practice:

Nurses were satisfied with the class and had positive perceptions of the multidisciplinary speakers. A post class survey gave nurses a voice on future classes with 48% preferring in-person. These outcomes promote engagement, nursing satisfaction, and perceptions of teamwork. "




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"Acknowledgements: Geri Harmon Jerome Codilla Lisa Bolash-Lacy Alyssa Mooney Joanna Arraiza Trisha Saul Catrice Nakamura Treasure Joyce Dr Walavan Sivakumar Dr Barry Czeisler Dr Scott Caganap


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