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Nurse Educators Plot Retention Strategies

Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2011

Useful technology is easy to use, convenient, and has a tangible benefit. Nurses say they prefer to receive education through traditional lecture format, which beat modern options such as videos or podcasts. The top three most popular nurse learning methods are:

  1. Lectures
  2. Paper and pen self-study
  3. Online learning

Learners want interaction with their lectures—indeed any education and training—rather than dry lectures. Putting a class online doesn’t make dry content any more thrilling, so simply going online with education isn’t effective unless the class is redesigned to fit the new format. Savvy staff development specialists will be paying much more attention to collecting such evidence of effectiveness as they prepare for the growing need to fight for nurses.

Rebecca Hendren is a senior managing editor at HCPro, Inc. in Danvers, MA. She edits and manages The Leaders' Lounge blog for nurse managers. Email her at
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