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The Survival of Staff Development
Measure Outcomes and Demonstrate Value to Establish an Indispensable Department

Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed, RN

Quantify the impact of staff development on job performance and patient outcomes

Secure the survival of nursing education at your organization.
High-quality clinical care comes from high-quality education. Prove the value of your staff development program with help from author and staff development expert Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, in this new groundbreaking HCPro book. Avillion offers clear guidance to help you put your program's worth into quantifiable terms and align staff development with your organization's goals. Educators of all levels will be able to evaluate the effect of training on retention, staff competency, and patient outcomes.


  • Assess outcomes and use evidence to make adjustments to improve your practice
  • Effectively calculate and communicate the return on investment of your program to administrators
  • Create a departmentwide mission that supports organizational goals
  • Evaluate the educational products and services your staff development program offers the organization
  • Demonstrate, in quantifiable terms, your program’s contribution to organizational effectiveness
  • Learn confident communication and adopt a survivor mentality to ensure that staff development remains essential to organizational success

Here’s a sampling of the customizable resources included with this book:

  • Sample classroom evaluation form
  • Sample distance learning evaluation form
  • Competency assessment
  • Behavioral assessment
  • Orientation analysis 
  • In-service template for new equipment 
  • Continuing education analysis 
  • Sample staff development mission/vision statement 
  • Survivor mentality self-analysis
  • Sample task accomplishment template
  • Administrative report on staff development EBP

Table of Contents:

Chapter I: The realities of staff development: Survival

  • What is a survivor?
  • Characteristics of a survivor mentality
  • Focusing on evidence
  • Staff development departmental structure and survivorship
    • Staff development positions
    • Departmental scope and reporting mechanisms
    • Nursing staff development responsibilities in a single facility

Chapter II: Writing a business plan that helps demonstrate staff development value

  • Mission, vision, and values statements
  • Departmental structure and description
  • Products and services
  • Marketing
  • Action plan
  • Budget
  • Executive summary

Chapter III: Linking evidence-based practice (EBP) in staff development to the four levels of evaluation

  • EBP in staff development and job survival
  • EBP in staff development and departmental survival
  • EBP in staff development and the levels of evaluation
    • Reaction
    • Learning or knowledge acquisition
    • Behavior
    • Results
    • Return on investment (ROI)

Chapter IV: Linking evidence-based practice (EBP) in staff development to specific products and services

  • Orientation
  • In-service education
  • Continuing education
  • Accreditation, committees and councils, and external accomplishments as they relate to EBP in staff development
  • Communicating EBP findings to management and administration

Chapter V: Using research to solidify the role of staff development

  • What is staff development research?
  • Conducting staff development research
    • Acquiring the help of experts
    • Accessing best practice data
  • Using research findings to solidify the role of staff development
  • Steps in the research process

Chapter VI: Some thoughts on personal survival

  • Tips on personal survival
    • Trust your instincts
    • Look at how your department is conducting business
    • Have a plan to deal with downsizing
    • Pay attention to your own continuing education
    • Join professional associations
    • Know when it’s time to “jump ship”

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the characteristics of a survivor mentality
  • Explain how to focus on evidence when analyzing staff development products and services
  • Design a staff development departmental structure that facilitates the design and implementation of products and services
  • Identify components of a staff development business plan
  • Align the components of a staff development business plan with organizational goals and objectives
  • Correlate the components of a staff development business with evidence-based practice (EBP) in staff development
  • Explain the concept of EBP in staff development
  • Correlate EBP in staff development to departmental and job survival
  • Perform all levels of program evaluation from the perspective of EBP in staff development
  • Link EBP to specific staff development products and services
  • Identify specific outcomes per EBP in staff development
  • Effectively communicate EBP in staff development findings
  • Explain why staff development research is important to the staff development department, to individual departments, and to individual practitioners
  • Discuss steps in the research process
  • Explain how to use research findings to solidify the role of staff development


About the author:

Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, is the owner of Avillion’s Curriculum Design in York, PA, and specializes in designing continuing education programs for healthcare professionals and freelance medical writing. She is the editor of the e-newsletter Staff Development Weekly and is a frequent presenter at NNSDO and various conferences and conventions devoted to continuing education and staff development. She is the author of Evidence-Based Staff Development: Strategies to Create, Measure, and Refine Your Program; 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.

Faculty Disclosure Statement
HCPro Inc. has confirmed that none of the faculty/presenters, planners, contributors, or their partners/spouses have any relevant financial relationships to disclose related to the content of this educational activity.

Continuing Education:

If you would like to find out about the availability of nursing contact hours on this or any other HCPro nursing book, please visit our Continuing Education information page, here.

Published: July 2011