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How Important is Education and Training

The cliché of “I did not know” or “I was never trained” is never an excuse to let bad things happen. Where does healthcare training and education begin and who should make it available? An employer should take the initiative to ensure that all of employees are trained and have the tools required in order to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. It is the responsibility of the employees to take an active part in learning and consistently implement the taught practices.

There are many levels of patient, resident, or client care. Let’s start with the non-direct patient care; these are the individuals that provide a clean and safe environment or clean linens and clothes to help prevent the spread of disease and germs. These employees have a responsibility to perform to standards and it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure those employees are adequately trained in these expected standards. Next are direct patient contact health care providers. These individuals have the responsibility to care for the patients ensuring their safety and are cared for in the appropriate manner to prevent harm and according to established standards, policies and procedures.  It is the employer’s responsibility to make sure these employees are properly and adequately educated and have the tools to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. Skill and knowledge competency checks and education evaluations ensure that all employees possess the skills and knowledge to do this.

Unfortunately adverse events still occur in healthcare and are indicators that we should all prepare for the unexpected. Preparing for how to respond to unexpected situations, educating for appropriate responses in emergency situations, how to report occurrences, and developing protocols that providing adequate information as how to properly respond to emergency situations are all topics that an organization should provide to all employees.

A perfect example of the importance of training and educating healthcare staff is from a report from September 20, 2013; “2 Investigators: Nursing Home Patient Catches Fire, Left To Smolder Outside”. This news report demonstrates the importance of providing adequate emergency response training and education.  Tragically a patient loses his life because healthcare workers simply did not know how to respond to his situation.

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So where does a company find such education and training material? Pedagogy Education provides a large catalog of education for health care providers. From online Inservice and Compliance courses to professional Continuing Education, Pedagogy delivers it all. Ensuring that state and federal health care education and inservice requirements are met should be an entry process for employees as well as a yearly routine.

Pedagogy is a company that offers the highest quality online education that the market has to offer. We cater to every area of the healthcare profession and do it with highest of expertise from our base of experienced and expert authors.

Visit us at our Main Campus to view the catalog of education we can provide you or your facility.

Pedagogy Blog by Catheryn Peplinski, MBA, RT (R) (M), RDMS, is our Director of Operations and author of Pedagogy online continuing education courses.

Catheryn Peplinski, MBA, RT (R) (M), RDMS, is Director of Operations at Pedagogy Inc. in Troup, Texas. She has earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix, and has a degree in Radiology from Ferris State University. Catheryn is licensed in multiple modalities of Radiology, specializing in High-Risk Obstetrics and genetic testing with over 28 years of experience in diagnostic medicine, education, and management.

Her background includes management and development of clinical practices, education, health care provider in multiple diagnostic procedures, laboratory procedures, surgical assisting, protocol development, accreditation processes, operations, author, and editing/publishing with Pedagogy Inc. She has taught medical students the skills of ultrasound, as well as to nursing staff and radiology and ultrasound students. Catheryn has successfully produced educational material for continuing education and student development. Catheryn has a deep passion to help others with strong beliefs in service oriented philosophies to give to those less fortunate.

She has been blessed with the opportunity to participate in a medical mission trip to Guatemala with her children to gain the appreciation of field medicine and sharing of their talents. She has written multiple news articles and blogs for Pedagogy as well as an infusion based class for Radiology Nursing Professionals.
Posted: 10/16/2013 11:29:30 AM
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