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Facilitation of Learning by Individuals and Within Teams




As a nurse manager or clinical consultant you are constantly faced with the challenge of facilitating meaningful learning for yourself, for your patients and for the individuals within the team you are managing. The nature of nursing and human relationships is such that difficulties are encountered frequently and it is necessary to develop the ability to work with these difficulties in a way that will result in growth and development rather than in inertia and negativity. The use of role theory as a dynamic framework for facilitating learning is one way of achieving this. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the use of role theory in teaching nurses and nurse managers to bring about professional role development for themselves and their colleagues with their patients. An outline of role theory as developed by Dr Jacob Moreno and taught by Dr Max Clayton will be presented and discussed, using examples from my own teaching and clinical nursing practice.


Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Introduction to role theory
  • Self-esteem and learning
  • Learning difficulties
  • Spontaneity and learning
  • Developing roles
  • Developing the role of coach
  • Overdeveloped roles
  • Problem solver
  • Role development in a team
  • Progressive roles
  • Summary
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Author / Editor Biographies

KPN, EEd and Med
Julia Hailes is a nurse educator at HealtbWnks, the education arm of the Royal District Nursing Service in Victoria. Her background is in psychiatric nursing with training in New Zealand and subsequent hospital and community experience in Victoria. She has worked as a group psychotherapist in psychiatric settings and as a lecturer in nursing. Julia is committed to experiential learning as a means of facilitating meaningful development in the nurses whom she teaches and as a basis for her own learning. She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Psychodrama Association (ANZPA) and Preside...

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