Accelerate the Improvement of Your Healthcare Workforce with Learning: eBook

April 1, 2021
April 1, 2021

Employees are the heartbeat of every healthcare organization. With 75% of nurse leaders planning to retire by 2020, leadership development and succession planning are core practices of any successful organization. Developing your employees sets your organization up for success and cultivates a culture of advancement and learning. This eBook takes a closer look at industry trends and solutions to help in your journey to develop leaders from within your organization.

One really good place to start this effort is to focus on your workforce. If we concentrate on building the skills and competency of existing staff, we are able to more quickly realize increases in care quality, experiences, and operations.

Some of the strategies discussed in this eBook are:

  1. Adopting High-frequency/Low-dose learning as an alternative to traditional instructor-led training. Given the proliferation of mobile devices and common practice of multitasking, staff is far more accustomed to acquiring smaller amounts of information on an as-needed basis. While not all learning is suitable to this delivery method, some can be divided into different modules for easier digestion. Content has to accommodate being broken down into limited segments for this to work. In some instances, such as with CPR, this has proven to be especially helpful for maintaining competency.
  2. Identifying Employees’ Development Opportunities is essential. This requires that all your staffers have their training, credentials, and experience in a uniform platform like HealthStream’s ePortfolio. When a manager has visibility across the workforce and can assess staff from a birds-eye vantage point, it is easier to tell who needs additional training and who is at the cusp of advancement into a greater leadership role.
  3. Focusing on Nurse Development is one way to advance the nursing workforce while combatting retention challenges. Holding onto nursing staff has an impact on financial and quality/safety performance. To make nurses stay, you have to give them a reason, from investing in their advancement and recognition to creating an environment where they can be confident in delivering safe, quality care.
  4. Managing Learning and Training Effectively helps you make sure that your staff is getting the training they need. You can assign and track learning that is clearly linked to their competency. Working with managers to develop employee-tailored education plans can help you make positive steps towards your bigger goal. The HealthStream Learning Center has many additional resources to help your employees develop the skills you need them to have for future competency.
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