A question for healthcare leaders & educators @ promoting ‘soft’ skills in staff?

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questionHere’s the question:

Would you utilize a  free online video library  of experiential learning activities that promote emotional intelligence, communication, team-building, and leadership skills in your staff?

Please post your comments/questions here or via email:  beth@bethboynton.com and share the question w/ your colleagues.

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Here’s why I’m asking:

Problems with ‘soft skills’ are at the root of many challenging issues in healthcare such as; sentinel events, poor patient experience, burnout, and wasted resources.  These are the skills I teach with medical improv and interactive workshops on communication and interpersonal skills.  Here, we work at a depth where behavioral change is experienced and therefore internalized.  Yet time and money budgets are limited and urgent tasks, ever-present.

Integrating powerful learning activities into clinical and administrative meetings  could make a huge difference in all sorts of outcomes IF we can figure out a cost-effective way to do it.

Soooo…. I’m thinking of a ‘Kickstarter’ project that would fund the creation of the library and make it available to all healthcare facilities and leaders at no charge.  I don’t want to give away the details, but in essence you’d be able to go to the online library and see an activity demonstrated that would empower you to teach it to your staff.  Each would be framed with instructional materials that include objectives designed to meet CE criteria and debriefing points that focus on building these essential skills.  I would imagine that you’d spend an hour or so in familiarizing yourself with the library and an intro video and an hour or so in prep time for the first time you teach an activity.   Once done, however, you’d have a dozen or so experiential and fun learning activities that you could integrate into your staff meetings in your own creative ways.

Imagine an affordable way to build trust, empathy, communication skills, collaborative relationships, flexibility, spontaneity, creative problem-solving and more.  At your fingertips.

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6 Responses to A question for healthcare leaders & educators @ promoting ‘soft’ skills in staff?

  1. I think this is a GREAT idea! Wow. How generous are you!! To give them all of that content and resources… at no cost!! Yikes! I think that if people did get online and actually find, access and us the tools… only good can come from that. What a project! You are one busy lady. Keep us posted on how it goes.

    • Beth_Boynton_RN_MS says:

      Thanks so much, Elizabeth! If I can get funding for creating it, i.e. including my time as project manager, as well as the actors and healthcare professionals who are willing to participate. (Maybe you’d be interested!!!) I’m very happy to share the outcome with any and all healthcare leaders. Oh yeah…I’ll keep you posted for sure!!!

  2. Donna Carol Maheady says:

    Beth, I think you should include nursing educators in your target audience (As Anne suggested). We need to teach the teachers. The material would make a great addition to a faculty retreat.

    • Beth_Boynton_RN_MS says:

      Thanks, Donna. I would definitely include nurse educators as a target audience. What I’m not sure of is including the CE vs Contact Hours the latter being much easier and the former being something the organization could take care of on it’s own if they are so inclined. I think a faculty retreat would be very dynamic and helpful. Any ideas about getting one going? I’m always happy to brainstorm.

  3. allewellyn says:

    Beth, I am not in the clinical area any longer, but I would have to think that supervisors, managers and professionals involved in education would find this an important resource…especially if you put continuing educate credits to it. If you need help with that aspect, let me know as I can point you in the right direction.

    • Beth_Boynton_RN_MS says:

      Thanks, Anne. I’ll hold onto your CE input offer as I get closer to project proposal. Right now I’m thinking provide the objectives and let them get approval, but need to keep thinking. It might be a second level…hmmmmm you’ve got me thinking.

What are your thoughts?