Nurse educators' workshop 2008
The second annual Nurse Educators’ workshop was held from the 17th – 19th November 2008 at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute. 21 nurse educators and mentors from Free State (3) and Western Cape (18) Provinces representing 3 nursing institutions were welcomed by a PALSA PLUS team comprising members from the Knowledge Translation Unit (KTU) and Beryl Green and Anneline Janse van Rensburg, two PALSA PLUS trainers from the Western Cape and Tsotsa Polinyane, the PALSA PLUS coordinator from the Free State.
During the 3-day training, the participants were:
- given information on the history and development of the PALSA PLUS guideline and the use of knowledge translation implementation strategies
- given the opportunity to become familiar with the guideline content
- introduced to and afforded the opportunity to experience the PALSA PLUS training methodology through small group learning/facilitated by our trainers
- assisted with the integration of PALSA PLUS into their curricula and mentoring programmes
- afforded the opportunity to enter into discussions about PALSA PLUS
- encouraged to network across training institutions and provinces
- awarded certificates of attendance
The 3-day workshop this year strengthened the partnership between the KTU and nurse educators of the Western Cape and Free State provinces. Mentors were welcomed this year, as their role is crucial in integrating PALSA PLUS into practice. Their feedback was positive and they left the 3 day workshop with much enthusiasm to try out new ideas and methods of making learning fun and supportive.
The educators have taken ownership of the programme and will
- continue to introduce PALSA PLUS to their colleagues
- continue to integrate PALSA PLUS into their curricula
- develop an evaluation tool that will integrate PALSA PLUS into their existing tools, one that will support learning and mentoring
- continue to work in collaboration with the KTU to ensure integration of PALSA PLUS in both provinces
The training of nurse educators also provides an opportunity for ongoing training and mentoring of PALSA PLUS trainers by the KTU. Below are extracts from the two of the PALSA PLUS trainers who assisted in the training.
I must admit I was a bit anxious when Gill requested that I be part of the Nurse Educators workshop, especially since I was not involved with the previous workshop and did know what to expect. Once again the fear of the unknown! Fortunately I found myself in the company of the very supportive KTU team, in particular Gill, who creates such a safe learning environment. My additional support was my fellow trainers namely Beryl and Tsotsa.
The value for me was to see true facilitation in action. My “aha” moment happened during one of the groups facilitated by Beryl. The group’s level of interaction involved to a climax when one of the members asked a question and without hesitation another group member guided her to the answer.
I think the Nurse Educators workshop was a great success. I feel very positive about the future knowing that student nurses will be exposed to the PALSA PLUS guideline during their pre-graduate training!
It was exciting to see how this year’s nurse educator workshop built on the one run last year. We got together with the nurse educators from the Western Cape and Free State to plan how they could incorporate PALSA PLUS into what they already do. Their overwhelming response was "Why have we had to wait so long for this?" Over the 3 days the facilitators watched many of the educators and mentors experience an "aha" moment just like we did when we started on the PALSA PLUS journey. In the near future we should be getting our nursing students already trained and ready to assist us in the clinics.
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