October 23, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Donna Wright, a professional development specialist and consultant with Creative HealthCare Management, hosted a professional development event for area health care professionals at Mount Saint Mary College on Friday, October 19.
Area nursing professionals enjoyed a day of learning, collaboration, and camaraderie at “A Day with Donna Wright: A Bold New World for Clinical Education and Professional Development,” held at Mount Saint Mary College on Friday, October 19.
The event was hosted by Donna Wright, a professional development specialist and consultant with Creative HealthCare Management. Wright informed and encouraged the nursing professionals through anecdotes from her own career in health care, often met with the appreciative laughter of shared experience from the audience.
For example, Wright recounted how her first code – an emergency event that requires several staff members to work together in a hospital setting – still informs how she teaches these procedures.
“I knew my job…I was taught all of the things,” she explained. However, when she made a small error that almost broke a $10,000 machine, it became “frozen in my memory.” She noted the difference between knowing and experiencing, and encouraged the nursing educators to seek life’s teachable moments whenever possible.
Wright also told the professionals to speak up, and to foster a culture of dialogue in the workplace, regardless of their position within the institution. “Organizational cultures are very powerful,” she explained, urging the attendees to be aware of how they as managers and educators mold and condition their staff.
Other sessions during the daylong conference included “Strategies for Creating a Dynamic Organization,” “Strategies to Achieve Sustainable Change,” and “Elements that Make Competency Assessment & Education Successful.”
Wright is a professional development specialist with Creative Healthcare Management in Minneapolis, Minn. She 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.”
The conference was sponsored by the Hudson Valley Staff Development Educators in collaboration with Sigma Theta Tau International Zeta Omega chapter.