Experience: The greatest teacher.

Experience: The greatest teacher.

Experience: The greatest teacher.

Our experiences shape us into who we are…for the most part. We grow up, the family we were born and those relationships shape some of our early understanding of relationships, values and so on. We learn how we are treated and how we like to be treated.

We go to school, become educated, make friends and our experiences generally shape us into future practitioners. We encounter really amazing teachers and instructors… and also some not-so-great ones.

What did these experiences do for our personal and professional development? Did we experience and accept behaviours such as “it’s okay to yell at another medical staff member in front of others” or “nurses eat their young”? Did we help colleagues that we’re struggling? Did we lose our empathy in order to “toughen up”? Are we too tired to care? Or, did we stand up? Did we say something?  Whatever our experiences are, we have the ability to choose who we want to be as healthcare practitioners and as human beings.

How does this relate to simulation-based education and training? You can model each one of the experiences as listed above in order to educate future practitioners that horizontal violence is wrong, that everyone needs help sometimes, that empathy should be a valued skill in caring for others. Much of the education that we deliver is procedure-based and delivering safe care, but there’s an opportunity to integrate behaviour-based safety as well. Developing simulations that address critical workplace issues can be extremely valuable for ourselves, learners and the future of our respected professions.

The truth is that some people have been shaped by kindness and have never experienced real hardship, while others have been affected by tragedy and personal battles. Regardless of one’s circumstances, we can agree that experience is the greatest teacher. It shapes us into who we are.

This week, I challenge you to teach someone on a topic that you feel is very important. I’d love to hear about what you did and what the impact was.

Be the Change.

Matthew
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About the Author: Matthew Jubelius is a subject matter expert in healthcare simulation. He is a consultant, educator and wants to change the future of people development, education, and training. Matthew has championed the design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation-based education and training programs, including quality improvement measures for post-secondary institutions, private industry, and the federal government.

Matthew can be reached through www.amoveotraining.com for simulation consulting, program development, employee training and speaking engagements.

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