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How can action learning sets be used to support nurses?

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  • Article: How to use action learning sets to support nurses
  • Author: Mark P Haith is lecturer, School of Social and Health Sciences, University of Abertay, Dundee; Katrina A Whittingham is lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing, Department of Health and Social Care, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Key points

  • Action learning sets involve peer-discussion groups working to resolve individual workplace issues
  • Benefits include enhancing communication skills and developing self-awareness and leadership skills
  • ALS is a dynamic and evolving group process
  • Similarities between clinical supervision and ALS suggest they are equally suited to developing professional standards in nursing
  • ALS could be used as a supportive tool to empower nurses in today’s challenging healthcare arena

Let’s discuss

  • How does you team receive clinical supervision?
  • What opportunities does your team have to get together and discuss their working lives?
  • After reading this article, describe how action learning sets could be used in your clinical area?
  • What are the potential benefits for staff?
  • Do you think there are barriers to using action learning sets? How could these be overcome?
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