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Grab Their Attention! Make Your Point!

Gerstle, David S. MSN, RN

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: September-October 1999 - Volume 24 - Issue 5 - p 257-261
Feature Articles

Improving the education we offer is an important goal for nurses. Advances in computer presentation software have given us the ability to use visuals and sound to enhance learning, whether for patient education or staff development. Better visual design of your presentation should achieve four basic goals in communicating your message: (1) ensure legibility, (2) reduce the effort required to interpret the message, (3) increase the viewer's active engagement with the message, and (4) focus attention on the most important parts of the message. Guidelines are given in this article to meet each of these goals.

David S. Gerstle is an Associate Professor, Southern Adventist University, School of Nursing, Collegedale, Tennessee. He can be reached at Southern Adventist University, School of Nursing, Box 370, Collegedale, Tennessee 37315; e-mail:

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