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Problem-Based Learning: An Educational Method for Nurses in Clinical Practice

Badeau, Kathleen A. MSN, RN

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development (JNSD): November-December 2010 - Volume 26 - Issue 6 - p 244-249
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e31819b562c

To enhance the professional development of nurses, a problem-based learning program was developed and implemented for nurses at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, a Southern Ontario community hospital. The author outlines the key concepts associated with the educational methodology of problem-based learning. In addition, a detailed narrative illustrates the processes involved in the development and implementation of this program specific to the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital experience, including exemplars from nurses participating in the initiative.

The author describes the development and implementation of a problem-based learning approach as well as its advantages and disadvantages.

Kathleen A. Badeau, MSN, RN, is Clinical Manager-Perioperative Services, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Kathleen A. Badeau, 711 Concession Street, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8V IC3 (e-mail:

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.