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Spot the latest education initiative in Logan Hospital’s Emergency Department?
It’s spot-on when it comes to providing Resus nursing trainees with the support they need and confidence to learn.
ED NUM Tracy Churchill said the ED education team launched the Orange Sticker Program late last year to help identify team members who were learning new skills in Resus and to ensure they received the extra support and advice they needed to progress to assessment.
"This has really helped our staff transitioning into Resus and has given them a lot more confidence in themselves that they know no one is going to come and ask them hard questions or expect them to be doing advanced procedures that they may not yet know," she said.
Nurse Educator Carly Bland said the three month Orange Sticker Program was designed to expedite progression through Resus and was accompanied by an eight hour workshop and support days with a Clinical Facilitator.
"The orange stickers are a visual way to identify staff who are still learning which helps our doctors know that when a challenging situation arises, they can seek assistance from senior nursing staff rather than anyone wearing an orange sticker."
Carly said the program, which saw only one orange sticker team member in Resus at a time, was implemented after staff asked for further support for a longer period of time in Resus during a learning needs analysis.
She said the program had already been hugely positive with ED staff as well as with interested patients who could see the hospital providing a supportive educational environment.
ED RN Caroline Johnston said she had just been "de-dotted" after completing her three-month training period in Resus.
"It’s quite a milestone and a real sense of accomplishment," she said.
"The orange stickers made training a lot easier in that everyone knew straight away that I was still learning and would have questions. It was great to have so much support."
Pictured: Caroline Johnson and Jessica Dominey.