Knowledge – and especially new knowledge – is one of the most important factors for the further success of any institution. If the organization does not constantly develop its employees’ knowledge and competencies, they risk being outcompeted by other active players in the market
For doctors and nurses, it is even more important to keep up to date with the latest knowledge and technology. It is not just a question of whether it is “nice to have” or “need to have”. It is more of a matter of life and death as it can have fatal consequences for patients if the staff is not up to date on knowledge and technology. At the same time, there are a large number of regulatory requirements that must always be met in order for healthcare professionals to continue to be allowed to perform their duties.
Developments in the healthcare sector are generally strong, with vital changes taking place in a field in just a few years. This requires that a lot of resources be set aside to continuously train the staff.
However, the traditional approach to learning where employees are physically taught in classrooms has a number of disadvantages:
Eg. the cost of establishing and maintaining classrooms is relatively high. Time is another important factor – or rather – the lack of time. Employees in the healthcare sector are constantly under severe time pressure – and it can therefore be difficult to set aside the necessary time to leave work and attend a course. Time must be set aside for transport and accommodation in addition to the teaching itself. Next, there is the time that is taken away from the daily operation, and which must be covered by other staff.
E-LEARNING IS GAINING GROUND
With e-learning, employees can take courses regardless of time and place – and entirely on their own terms. They can take an e-learning course from home, on the train on their mobile, etc. – and at exactly the time that best fits into their everyday life.
E-learning generally has very low start-up, update and maintenance costs compared to traditional site-based learning.
With blended learning (ie with a combination of e-learning and traditional teaching) the training can become even more effective.
In several cases, e-learning can be more effective than traditional teaching – unless the classroom has been updated with the latest (and often quite costly) multimedia and teaching equipment. This is especially important in the dissemination in the health sector, as images, illustrations, video, etc. can often be used to advantage in connection with illustrating anatomy, organ structure, X-rays, ECG, etc.)
LMS (LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS) HELPS WITH LEARNING
Modern LMS (Learning Management Systems) easily include images, videos and interactive animations. The students can therefore study at their own pace – and repeat / review the material as many times as they want. They can also take interactive exams so that they can evaluate the anchoring of the new knowledge.
The progress in the staff’s level of learning is relatively easy to monitor and maintain, as the automatic processes ensure that e-mails are sent to the course participants.
Measurability and feedback another great benefit of LMS. One can thus easily measure the progress of individual course participants and teams – and feedback can be used to improve courses that do not work optimally.
In addition to medical training in health, E-learning can also be used to train doctors and nursing staff in the use of medical equipment (the material may be produced by the hospital / clinic or by the supplier of the equipment) as well as presentation and teaching of new medicine.
Finally, E-learning can also be used for other important areas such as:
General briefing of new staff
Courses in safety and hygiene
Cardiac arrest management
It is obvious that e-learning must be considered as an important tool in such a knowledge-based area as the health sector. There is a constant new development here, which it is critical to keep up to date with – and time is perceived as a constant shortage. Here, e-learning can undeniably have a major impact on cost reduction, increase the availability of knowledge, optimize time resources as well as increase the credibility and reliability of the organizations.
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