Innovation in healthcare education

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Sydney Adventist Hospital is harnessing new technology to meet the learning needs and expectations of its healthcare professionals

Balancing complex and diverse operational requirements with ongoing staff training demands to ensure best practice and best patient care is a challenge for all healthcare facilities and one which Sydney Adventist Hospital, known as ‘the San’  was determined to meet head first.

Workplace education at NSW’s both largest private and largest not-for-profit hospital dates back to the Hospital’s opening in 1903 with an onsite nursing school. Today, onsite training has grown – nurses maintain and enhance their skills via nurses’ re-entry and new graduate programs, an RTO offers nationally recognised training and competency courses for staff and community,   and a Clinical Education Centre centralises training of doctors, physiotherapists, pharmacists, and other health practitioners.

Historically nurse training has been paper based, requiring face-to-face training.  Labour intensive and time consuming, attendance rates were varied subject to clinical pressures. In 2010 SAH transitioned to an e-learning platform with the aim to make learning more accessible, easier, and efficient. Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (Moodle), was chosen to give Hospital Educators another way to deliver education and training to staff.

The use of Moodle as an eLearning platform has improved compliance dramatically; employees can now complete clinical and compliance training anywhere, anytime on their computer, mobile phone or tablet. “Users can engage with digital learning resources including interactive activities and videos, giving staff a compelling, helpful and authentic learning experience,” says Gina Veliotis, eLearning co-ordinator at the San.

The Right Approach

“Moodle has enabled us to be innovative and to reshape healthcare learning practices by developing training programs that increase training options that meet the needs of individuals, as well as stringent accreditation requirements of the Australian statutory bodies.”

Scenario-based online training helps staff learn critical theory before they practice decisions and skills in a guided clinical setting and receive feedback from their instructors.  Bringing together the best of eLearning, skills workshops, clinical simulation labs and workplace practice learning helps bridge the gap between theory and practice.

“The quality of online, classroom and clinical simulation facilities is excellent. Integrating theory and clinical is very helpful,” says a participant in the San’s nurse re-entry program.

The Inaugural Health MoodleMoot

The San is hosting Australia’s first Health Moodle Conference (MoodleMoot) ‘Moodle and Innovation in Healthcare Education’ in November. Moodle is now used by more than 60million people globally.-

The 2-day MoodleMoot will showcase how training has harnessed technology, develops simulation-based training, provides interactive decision-making opportunities and enables sharing, exploration and reflective learning.

Sessions will be presented by clinical educators, learning designers, multimedia experts,  and Moodle experts and administrators, who will share their experience and knowledge in meeting the complex and diverse challenges in healthcare education with eLearning experts and educators from both healthcare providers and tertiary education health faculties.

As a healthcare educator Gina believes an expanded eCommunity leads to shared innovation.

“Supporting an industry commitment to education in healthcare ultimately translates to increased quality of patient care.”

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