2016 is just around the corner. I have already reserved our conference room for in-person in-services, reached out to speakers, and refreshed our Relias Curriculum for 2016. How many have scheduled their 2016 education calendar already?
I want to be like you when I grow up! I feel like the next year sneaks up on me so fast...hoping to get to thinking about 2016 very soon. (Bonus points for your planning-ahead skills!)
I have *begun* looking at the 2016 calendar and have a few items scheduled, but I'm nowhere near as prepared as you are! Kudos for being so on top of things! =)
I have yet to begun. I do not even have my pumpkin picked out yet!!
Not only did my wife pick out our pumpkin, she picked out a whole bunch of them. I do not even want to talk about how much money she spent. It all went to a local Montessori school, it was a lesson in business for the primary grade students so it was all for a great cause.
I'll look for some of those pumpkins here, Tony! https://www.punkinchunkin.com/competition.html
Brett Carpenter, our deer population generally takes care of our pumpkins for us so no chuckin' for us. It does not take long for them to discover the decorating and begin the process of demolition. If you never watched deer stomp pumpkins open and eat one by sticking their whole head inside it is a sight to see. At least this year their will plenty to go around.
You should totally set up a game camera and take a picture of that. I would love to see it!
I have started developing courses but not gotten them all complete.
As far as training calendar, we have to go with the flow a lot to accommodate hiring/orienting!
So, quit showing off Susan Arnold
Roland ReLion is quite an inspiration as he stares at me from his spot on my desk. My 2016 training calendar is done, and my training rooms are reserved on the corporate calendar so that I'm not scrambling last-minute to find available rooms.
I'm just trying to keep you on track Sandra! Why put off 'til tomorrow what you can get done today!
LOL @ LISA PREWITT!! I go pretty much month to month due to the same accommodation as you. I am just working on November now. I have my own training room so anyone else needs to use it, I do the scheduling which help me be more flexible to meeting last min needs or meeting change requests. So la de da Sandra Park who is all kinds of organized and scheduled through January 2017 . Actually I am a little jelly you can do that as it would help reduce a little on the stress factor.
Well, Leslie Cohn, I wish I could say I was really that organized and on top of things. When the boss says she wants the 2016 calendar completed ASAP, that's a REALLY powerful motivator to get it done.
Yep, that would do it for me Sandra , but I still envy you that you have that behind you. Can I ask you, do you still allow for unscheduled, unforeseen training's to get squeezed in some how? Or how to you handle that?
Hi, Leslie Cohn.
What goes on our official calendar in advance are all of the new-hire trainings and annually occurring face-to-face items as well as any known one-time projects that have a set deadline. We do have quite a few unforeseen trainings that occur throughout each year. When these happen, I schedule trainings by WebEx because the staff I support are telecommuters scattered across the state. I will usually set up two "live" webinars on different dates to allow staff to attend the one that best fits their schedule, and I record them to make the best one available as a make-up session for anyone who was unable to attend the live webinar. Prior to the webinar, I will create an Event in Relias, using the URL for the WebEx as the location. For most items, we require a quiz to check comprehension, so I will set the event to require attendance to be marked in order to unlock the quiz and use the attendance reports from WebEx to get the names of the actual attendees. For make-up sessions, I can edit the WebEx recording to require registration to view the session, so I am able to know when staff accessed the recording to unlock exams for make-up sessions.
I know someone put an idea out for voting on the topic, but I think it would be super wonderful if Relias had a webinar feature so that I could handle all of this within one system. In the meantime, I still have a great way to track attendance, auto-generation of completion certificates, and a method to notify supervisors of anyone lacking training. Relias saves me literally HOURS of work that I used to have to do.
I am deep in the process of scheduling our 2016 calendar. I've reviewed courses and potential replacements for the dementia courses expiring 10/31 & 12/31. I've reworked and selected swap courses for each of our nurse quarterly assignments. I have added in curricula for food service employees, HR assignments, and compliance trainings. I've tweaked our orientation curriculum, and I continue to clean up existing curricula, outdated info on our site, and look at completion & compliance data.
It feels like I"ve cleaned out a closet and I'm all organized and tidy now! LOVE it!!! Next...working on our non Relias education plan which will be mostly an update to our existing plan.
If you haven't started yet here are my words of wisdom...
I am interested in what kind of courses/requirements you have for your nurses for their quarterly assignments. I am looking to expand what we offer for our nurses staff and would love to hear what others are doing.
Hi Jamie Wilson; I think it's a very individualized decision (what to assign your nurses). We have about 55 SNF & ALF centers in 6 states. Many of our frontline staff (including nurses) are not that used to having to take computer based training. So, my goal was to have them start with just a few throughout the year so it wouldn't be overwhelming.
When selecting topics, I chose high risk, problem prone topics like medication administration; pressure ulcer risk/identification/treatment; I also included Resident education (a component of reducing rehospitalizations) & a general physical assessment course that I created back on our SilverChair platform that mirrors a live training that I do in each region periodically.
In 2015 the nurses were all assigned these courses and required to complete them online (I'm a big proponent of the standardized content and measures of learning, no prep time for the Facility Educator nurse, and centralized data bank of completed training for risk management purposes).
Now for 2016 I decided to keep that framework but swap out some of the actual courses so that they're not taking the same courses year after year. We're using the next module in the wound series; I selected an alternate medication course, I'll keep our self-created resident education course because I know we need further development in that area and am still struggling with what to do with the assessment course! I don't care for the old SilverChair platform with so much read & click...but it was so labor intensive to make and I don't know if I'll be able to recreate it the way I would like just yet...so fortunately it's a Q4 assignment so I have a little time!
I hope this helps you think about what trainings would work for your nurses!
Linda Colleton Thank you very much! That was a big help. We recently held a Nurse Skills Fair which one of our stations was Basic Nursing Assessment Skills. I would love to view the Assessment course you created, that's a great idea....thinking maybe I should create one too. My facility consists of about 90 SNF nurses.
Thank you Linda and Sandra . I love how your process of making sure things do not fall in the cracks and cleaning it up for a new year! Unfortunately for me, we have so many people responsible for various parts of training for the organization that I only have my piece as I am from the IT dept. So I take care of EMR, New Hire, basic, evaluation and assessments, and New training's re: Clinical documentation. So I am getting my piece set up. With EMR it takes longer to determine if someone is ready to go live or not. They also need approval from the EMR company for licenses etc. A bit more involved. but we are getting the process down somewhat and hopefully soon, we should have it worked out a bit smother. I wish I have oversight of the whole thing as it would be easier and seamless.
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