A Powerful Teaching Moment for 2 Nurses & 1 Doctor

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I love using an experiential learning process called Medical Improv because people learn such valuable skills in a fun way.  It is the indoor version of experiential learning experiences that outdoor education is known for!

imagesOnce you learn the principles there are literally hundreds of activities that build communication and interpersonal skills.  One activity called ‘Dr. Know-it-All” requires three people to answer open-ended questions by contributing one word at at time.  They don’t have to be factual, but they do have to make sense and work together quickly and collaboratively.

In this moment, the RN learns to speak up, the MD to listen, they build their relationship, collaborate, and have fun Click To Tweet

In one workshop moment, there was a surgeon sitting in the middle of two nurses while they answered a question ‘Why is the sky blue?’.   One of the nurses hesitated to add to the answer and when she did, the surgeon took a breath as he adapted from what he thought the answer was going to be to a different one.  It is hard to explain in writing, yet in this moment, the nurse learns to speak up,  the doctor learns to listen, they build their relationship, collaborate, and have fun. The relationship part of the complex adaptive system is healing!

As  a teacher, I want to jump up and down!

Learn more about how Medical Improv can help your organization:

Or give me a call/email:  603-205-3509 – beth@bethboynton (dot) com

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11 Responses to A Powerful Teaching Moment for 2 Nurses & 1 Doctor

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  5. Elizabeth Scala says:

    This is great news, Beth. Way to go! Thank you for all of the work that you do. I believe innovative modalities such as this are the way of future healthcare. I am so glad you are sharing these wonderful techniques with the world.

  6. I never heard of medical improv until I read it on your website! What a fabulous learning and teaching tool to engage listeners and the audience. I always learn something new from your site, Beth!

  7. Donna Carol Maheady says:

    I’m thinking..this approach could be powerful for a nurse with a disability seeking accommodations…..in need of collaboration/support from co-workers, Great post!

  8. Sounds like another wonderful improv moment ! If she were alive today, I imagine Florence Nightingale taking an improv class, don’t you?

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