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Nursing Department Education Needs Assessment: Implementation and Outcome

Johnston-Hanson, Kim Sue MSN, RN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: September/October 2012 - Volume 28 - Issue 5 - p 222–224
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e318269fdfe

The Education Council was interested in identifying learning needs. Previous needs assessments identified topics but did not assist in prioritizing education. A survey was developed with topics selected from quality and process initiatives. To prioritize education, a measurement scale based on Patricia Benner’s skill development model was utilized, asking staff to rate their knowledge from novice to expert. Education programs have been prioritized by targeting topics with the highest novice responses. This assessment has also been utilized to measure the effectiveness of education. This is accomplished by having the staff rate their knowledge of topics the following year to evaluate learning.

This author describes a needs assessment process that identifies priorities for education as well as learning needs.

Kim Sue Johnston-Hanson, MSN, RN, is Staff, Nursing Professional Development Department, Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames, Iowa.

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

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Kim Sue Johnston-Hanson, MSN, RN, Mary Greeley Medical Center, 1111 Duff Avenue, Ames, IA 50010 (e-mail:

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