In the medical intensive care unit at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, NC, a new approach to teaching skills has proven to be not only popular with staff but also a benefit to instructors. Called Blitz Days, the program is presented annually to provide education regarding high-risk, low-volume skills and areas identified as needing continuous quality improvement.

Previously, the only teaching tool available for staff members who were invited to be instructors was a checklist of performance behaviors for each learning station that needed to be presented. Each instructor had to develop a teaching plan based on his or her own experience and the current policies. This made it difficult not only to enlist instructors, but also to verify the quality of the education that was offered. In addition, this process was difficult for the staff members, because there...

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