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Personal Battle - March 2021 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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10 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 2 1 COVID-19 Remote Learning Made Easy Ideas Work P r a c t i c a l p e a r l s f r o m y o u r c o l l e a g u e s That T he coronavirus has forced us to change how we present ongoing education for our med- ical center's 120 perioperative team mem- bers. Monthly staff education at our hospital used to occur in a large conference room with multiple ses- sions throughout the day, but COVID-19 safety man- dates have put limitations on the number of individ- uals allowed in a room. As a perioperative educator, I found a way to use technology to enhance staff education. On the days we start surgery late to schedule staff education sessions, team members report to their assigned operating rooms and I use an online meeting platform to present remotely. Each operating room team accesses the presenta- tion through in-room computers and projects it onto large flat screen monitors. I've discovered several advantages to using this modified method of pre- senting monthly education. Putting staff into small- er, remote groups encourages everyone to speak up, ask questions and not be influenced by a few large personalities. I've also found that more interactive conversations take place during the meetings and noticed an increase in staff engagement following the sessions. In the large group education setting, many employees would sit only with friends, a development that stifled active conversation. Having staff members attend remote sessions with their assigned operating room teams, which change monthly, creates a multi-disciplinary and dynamic learning environment. Therese Ehr, RN, BSN Kadlec Regional Medical Center Richland, Wash. therese.ehr@kadlec.org EXTRA CREDIT The advantages of online education far exceed the disadvantages during these unprecedented times. Kadlec Regional Medical Center

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