Keeping up with changing technology is a constant in the healthcare environment. This article focuses on a creative approach to teaching large numbers of staff, a new patient controlled analgesia/epidural pain pump, in a short time frame with a limited number of educators. Implementation of competency checklists was utilized to verify that the learners understood the concepts and were able to apply the new skills learned. The success of this program is attributed to the active involvement of participants in a festive environment.
The authors describe a creative approach to teaching staff about patient-controlled pain management technology.
Paula Eyles, MHSc, BScN, RN, CNS, is Clinical Nurse Specialist, Patient Education, Educational Services Department, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Mary Dunn, BSc, is Educator of the General Surgery, Gastrointestinal and Rehabilitation Units, Educational Services Department, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Paula Eyles, MHSc, BScN, RN, CNS, Patient Education, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, St. Joseph's Hospital Campus, 50 Charlton Avenue East, Room G622, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 4A6 (e-mail: email@example.com).