The healthcare industry is transforming, and the way hospitals and senior living operators train and develop their employees is evolving just as rapidly in response. More sophisticated methods of care, like telemedicine, and more complex age-related diseases, like multiple comorbidities, require a workforce that is adequately prepared to provide the highest quality of care. Employers must be prepared with the proper learning and development (L&D) programs to support and improve their staff’s performance.

Furthermore, today’s healthcare job seekers and employees will stop at nothing to find the career opportunities they desire — because they can — and want employers who value their career development and personal goals. In response, healthcare L&D practices must meet these demands.

Healthcare organizations need to modernize their approach to training and development, shifting towards emerging methods of L&D to keep up with the pace of change. Here are a few recommendations and strategies from our latest eBook, “Modern Learning Practices in Healthcare: Develop and Maintain and Skilled and Engaged Workforce,” to get you started.

Develop a Modern Learning Ecosystem

  • Make learning more accessible: The accessibility of your learning opportunities will directly impact employee engagement and manager involvement. When the LMS is simple to access and the course options cover the entire continuum of care, employees feel more in control and empowered to learn. A centralized system also enables you to focus on planning, delivering, and tracking your staff’s development rather than developing and updating ad-hoc courses.
  • Adopt a “learning everywhere” approach: An essential part of developing a learning ecosystem is ensuring that learning opportunities are not only accessible, but accessible anywhere and at any time. After all, healthcare employees’ workdays are busy, so they may need to access their learning and development courses outside the workplace.

Modern Learning Methods

  • Prescriptive learning: Healthcare organizations are also turning toward more strategic, deliberate methods of learning to develop their employees’ skillsets based on their strengths, weaknesses, and career goals. Prescriptive learning is a method that organizations can leverage by assigning courses based on the results of employees’ competency assessments.
  • Micro-learning: When your employees receive shorter trainings more frequently, they are more likely to retain the information, allowing them to apply what they learn more meaningfully. What’s more, decreasing the length of trainings and increasing their frequency will improve employees’ engagement. Learning becomes less daunting and more doable for your employees, considering their busy schedules.

Your L&D initiatives are imperative to your workforce’s overall health. A strong strategy can go a long way in helping you recruit, retain, and grow your talent so you can deliver the best possible quality care.

Download our eBook “Modern Learning Practices in Healthcare: Develop and Maintain a Skilled and Engaged Workforce” to gain more insights about modernizing your learning and development strategy.

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About Diana Bishop

Diana Bishop was the Content Marketing Manager at HealthcareSource. In her role, she developed and optimized content for healthcare talent management professionals.