February 16, 2007

Survey seeks input from VUMC nurses

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Survey seeks input from VUMC nurses

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has launched an online survey to solicit input from its licensed nurses, nurse educators, managers and administrators on a wide variety of topics.

The 22-question survey hits on subjects such as timing of classes, perception of existing inservice, continuing education programs and other issues.

The online survey went live earlier this week and will be active through March 7. It will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete and can be accessed at either a work or home computer. Most of the questions are multiple choice, but there is also room for individual comments.

“This is a terrific opportunity for Vanderbilt nurses to tell us what they really think is important in terms of education,” said Sandy Greeno, M.S.N., R.N., clinical nursing consultant for Nursing Education and Development in the Learning Center. “Our organization is based on giving nurses a voice in all major decisions, and we hope everyone takes a few minutes out of their day to provide honest, anonymous feedback to help us address the needs of nursing education.”

This year, throughout the Medical Center, Vanderbilt offered more than 1,500 contact hours of continuing nursing education in the form of 323 different programs.

“We were delighted that almost 7,000 participants took advantage of free, continuing nursing education courses last year,” said Greeno. “We've doubled our offerings in the last two years, and responses to this survey will help us develop new courses, adjust time schedules and provide insight into several other areas.”

The survey is anonymous. Results will be tabulated and shared with each specialty area. The feedback from this survey may impact offerings as soon as this summer.

To participate in the survey, go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=727993277373.