Nursing Professional Development: A Practical Guide for Evidence-Based Education

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Nursing Professional Development: A Practical Guide for Evidence-Based Education 

Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN 

Nursing Professional Development: A Practical Guide for Evidence-Based Education is written with the busy professional in mind! It offers nursing professional development specialists, unit-based educators, staff development specialists, and nurse educators a concise, actionable resource for how to structure, teach, and evaluate training programs, using basic best practices in professional development.

This how-to guide is grounded in research without bombarding the reader with dozens of citations. Nursing Professional Development: A Practical Guide for Evidence-Based Education offers even the newest staff development professional or unit-based educator quick and easy guidance on the role. 

This book provides professional development practitioners with simple guidance to help them:

  • Measure the effectiveness of their education and training 
  • Understand adult learning principles to appeal to all age groups and all styles of learners 
  • Motivate learners, no matter how reluctant 
  • Base education on evidence-based practice 


Every discipline in your facility can benefit from this book. It includes electronic tools and templates that educators can download and immediately incorporate into practice, using them to document and assess their training methods and plan activities based on the different learning styles of their audiences.

This book will help you: 

  • Implement ideas for dealing with some of the big issues, including getting buy-in, working with different learning styles and professions, and assimilating new technological approaches 
  • Teach, evaluate, and use best practices in healthcare professional development 
  • Structure, teach, and evaluate training programs 


Table of Contents 

Introduction 
Unit 1: Foundations 
Chapter 1: Evolution of Nursing Professional Development 
Chapter 2: Departmental Structure 
Chapter 3: The Evolving Roles of the Nursing Professional Development Specialist 
Chapter 4: Using History, Politics, and Healthcare Trends to Prepare for the Future 
Unit 2: Teaching Adults 
Chapter 5: Principles of Adult Learning 
Chapter 6: Identifying Learning Styles 
Chapter 7: Teaching Multigenerational Learners 
Unit 3: The Evidence-Based Department 
Chapter 8: Elements of an Evidence-Based Practice Nursing Professional Development Department 
Chapter 9: Using Evidence as a Basis for All Nursing Professional Development Activities 
Chapter 10: Assessing the Effectiveness of Education 
Unit 4: Teaching Strategies 
Chapter 11: Selecting the Proper Teaching Methodology 
Chapter 12: Resourceful Teaching Strategies 
Chapter 13: Meeting the Needs of Novice to Expert Learners 
Unit 5: Nursing Professional Development Challenges 
Chapter 14: Managing Resistant Learners 
Chapter 15: Orientation 
Chapter 16: Mandatory Education 
Chapter 17: On-the-Job Training 
Chapter 18: Continuing Education 
Chapter 19: Challenges Relating to Preceptor and Mentor Programs 
Chapter 20: Incorporating Elements of Cultural Diversity in Education 
Chapter 21: Ethical and Legal Aspects of Nursing Professional Development Practice 

About the Author 

Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, is the owner of Avillion’s Curriculum Design in York, Pennsylvania, and specializes in designing continuing education programs for healthcare professionals and freelance medical writing. She is the author of Evidence-Based Staff Development: Strategies to Create, Measure, and Refine Your Program; the first and second editions of A Practical Guide to Staff Development: Evidence-Based Tools and Techniques for Effective Education; and the Nurse Educator Manual: Essential Skills and Guidelines for Effective Practice


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Published: December 2015

Page count: 212
Dimensions: 8.5x11
ISBN: 978-1-55645-877-4