The Bruyère Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long Term Care hosted its third annual Educators’ Day on November 28, 2014 at the Saint-Louis Residence. Over 70 individuals involved in education within LTC homes attended this interactive event to acquire useful tips, tools and techniques, which can be implemented within their respective LTC homes.
Two plenary presentations provided mutual learning and interaction. Debbie Humphreys, Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, led a plenary session exploring LTC education priorities and resource needs. Valerie Fiset and Susan Ogilvie, Algonquin College, spoke about the results of a needs assessment on clinical leadership for nurses in LTC. They also presented the proposed education model for clinical leadership (to be piloted in winter 2015) and obtained feedback from the audience.
In addition, five workshops provided interactive and experiential learning on education delivery:
- Innovative Learning Techniques to Enhance Teamwork (Jennifer Reguindin, Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in LTC) – Key teaching techniques to increase inter-professional collaboration and facilitate perspective-taking.
- E-learning Lab: Experience the New Mandatory Training Modules (Isabelle Bossé, Bruyère Continuing Care) – Identify success factors and recognize potential pitfalls to implementing e-learning initiatives, and interaction with several e-learning modules from the Bruyère LTC Education Series.
- Communicating at End-of-Life: How to Be Present for Families, Staff and Residents (Ruth Richardson, Algonquin College) – An opportunity to practice active listening skills and reflective listening exercises while using a palliative approach towards care.
- Asking the Right Questions: How to Evaluate your Education Programs (Doug Archibald, University of Ottawa) – Support with designing survey and focus group questions, as well as overview of other measures such as observation and chart audits.
- Providing Constructive Feedback: The Case of Oral Assessments in LTC (Carolle Lepage, La Cité collégiale) – Interactive simulation-based learning, providing constructive feedback to learners and debriefing techniques using the example of teaching the Oral Health Assessment Tool.
Thank you to all of the LTC educators who participated in this event for providing inspiration and sharing their knowledge and passion. The Bruyère Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long Term Care is committed to supporting LTC educators through these annual events, as well as through the development of educational resources that will be made available on a web-based repository (e.g., toolkits, e-modules, education materials, etc.). For additional information on the Bruyère CLRI’s education initiatives, please contact Tracy Luciani, Knowledge Broker at email@example.com.