Next, assess your aides’ knowledge and skills. Make a note of any gaps you notice, then plug courses into your CE program that fill the knowledge gaps you discovered. For example, after several site visits with aides and their patients, you notice an alarming trend that many are transferring clients incorrectly, placing themselves and their clients at risk for injury. You note the skills gap and add a course in “Performing Safe Transfers” to your CE program.
Patients and their families will surely notice the difference when you become more intentional about the CE courses you choose to offer. A well-prepared aide alleviates anxiety, stress, fear, and apprehension while improving patient outcomes, safety, and quality of care.
Can the entire 12-hour program be online?
In most states, yes. All twelve CE courses can be online. But should they? Online learning is easy to use, efficient, and affordable. Yet, it’s not the answer to ALL your training needs.
The American Society on Aging explains that while online learning is excellent for simple knowledge transfer and testing, it falls short in teaching hands-on clinical skills and decision-making.
From time to time, the aides on your team will need specific, hands-on training in a supportive environment where they can explore tools, equipment, and care techniques, ask questions, receive feedback, and enjoy the camaraderie of connecting with their peers. Blended learning (a strategy that combines eLearning and in-person teaching) thoroughly supports skills development and decision-making and allows learners to interact with the content and their peers.
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