It’s 1.30pm on a Thursday afternoon and it’s double staff time. A perfect time to run an educational session, right? Now you just have to find your learners across the ward and get them to attend on your in-service, all the while they’re thinking about their patient whose antibiotics are due, the notes they have to write, and the lunch break they haven’t had! – sound familiar? Engaging busy learners is quite possibly one of the biggest challenges facing nurse educators. However, there are simple, practical ways that can make your job easier.
Michelle is currently the nursing director for practice development in the Central Adelaide Local Health Network, SA. She has been in clinical education and practice development since 2005. Prior to this, her roles included nurse unit manager emergency, after hours nurse manager, and clinical nurse. She has a background in emergency nursing, cardiology, and orthopaedics. Michelle has completed a Master of Nursing and has teaching qualifications and a clinical teaching graduate diploma. Michelle has presented at national and international conferences, has published academic papers, and has both practical and clinical skill sets. Michelle is the current national president of the Australian Nurse Teachers Society (ANTS) and a standing member of the Coalition of National Nursing & Midwifery Organisations Council (CoNNMO). One of Michelle’s many areas of interest is focused on facilitating growth and development of nurses of all levels, to achieve safe care environments that promote person-centred care.