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Cover image for lecture: Using Education Wisely: Avoiding 'Spray and Pray'

Lecture Overview

Spraying training across an organisation has questionable value. Not all problems in healthcare are solved by education and training. In this short lecture, Donna Wright looks at how to determine when education or training is simply not the solution to your organisation’s problem.


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Donna Wright

Ms. Wright is a professional development specialist with Creative Healthcare Management in Minneapolis, MN. Donna has worked with many health care organizations to help them create meaningful, effective programs that support staff development and competency assessment for all departments. She is the author of the book, The Ultimate Guide to Competency Assessment in Healthcare – which has been translated into Japanese, and is being used throughout Japan. Her most recent publication is The Competency Assessment Field Guide. She is also one of the co-authors of the national award winning book, Relationship-based care: A model for transforming practice. Donna received her Masters Degree in nursing education from the University of Minnesota. She has worked in both staff and leadership roles. Her experiences have taken her to a variety of health care settings including rural Africa. Donna is a member and past president of the Association for Nursing Professional Development and is a recipient of their “Promoting Excellence in Consultation” award. Donna is known for her energy and refreshing approach to education and learning. See Educator Profile


9 Total Rating(s)
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Melissa Bain
10 Mar 2020

Very interesting.

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Joceline Balansag
28 Feb 2020


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Bev Brown
25 Feb 2020

The speaker was pasionate about her subject and it made it easy to listen to

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Trevor Lowe
08 Feb 2020

Whilst aimed at managerial practices, it is still pertinent to individual practice in what we aim to learn when doing CPD

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Deborah Painter
30 Jan 2020

Interesting twist on competencies, makes you think

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Lisa Smith
30 Jan 2020

Great presentation. I like the framework presented; Competency Identification System, this is a clear and structured process to implement.

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Sarah Longia
25 Jan 2020

Really interesting and thought provoking. Great points. Makes you think about education and how to educate for professional development in a more real life way.