I have a goal and a vision to successfully implement a fully integrated Professional Development Program (PDP) for all clinicians who provide bed-side care as demonstrated in my Call to Action video. Utilizing the Nursing Clinical Ladder Program (CLP) as a successful model to emulate, one could surmise the same benefits realized in the CLP could be expanded upon for all clinical disciplines. The Clinical Ladder Program has resulted in many patient safety initiatives and policy improvements as well as Evidence Based Practice Research Projects. A full Literature Review of the Nursing Clinical Ladder Program has been conducted which has proven the benefits to patients as well as organizational benefits via employee satisfaction resulting in cost savings due to a reduction in turnover through retention of the hospitals most desirable and sought after clinicians.
Ancillary staff such as Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiology Technicians, and ED Technicians all deserve growth potential commensurate with the clinical excellence required of a participant in a PDP. Each discipline has a particular skill set which can be maximized via the PDP which has the ability to create highly successful preceptors and mentors which will also help elevate other department members, thereby raising the bar all involved in direct patient care. Successful PDP participants are high performers by their very nature and are extremely valuable assets to the organization because the requirements for participation are designed to improve patient care as outlined in my Implementation Plan.
Creating a PDP is a difficult but worthwhile endeavor to meet the ever changing and demanding healthcare model of the 21st century. Please join me in making the vision a reality by offering any feedback so this goal can be achieved.
Michael Day BS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C
Upon entering into Lamar University's Master of Education Digital Learning and Leading program, my brain was already beginning the transformation from fixed mindset to growth mindset. I was slightly apprehensive to accept the new challenge of switching degree paths from Respiratory Therapy to "Educator". I regularly educate patients, peers, and other clinicians on a daily basis but have never run a classroom type environment. This was a scary proposition, but I am somewhat smart, and had already discovered the power of "yet", and "failing forward". A growth mindset is necessary to adapt and lead in this ever changing world. A fixed mindset stunts growth and can be defined as a fear of failing. Failing while in a growth mindset can lead to great successes which is why it is called failing forward!
The DLL program thus far has been an eye opening surprise because it utilizes the Choice, Ownership, Voice, and Authenticity (COVA) model. COVA allows a shift from "teacher centered learning" to "student centered learning". This simply means to allow the student to choose projects, own the project, utilize their own authentic voice to shape the project. This is how great discoveries are born and different ways of looking at problems are discovered. Simply uncovering the "why" of what you believe can make the "how" and the "what" easier. This can lead to a better process, solution or invention. All of which can be achieved in a very unique, uninhibited fashion IE. Original.
I have already created a Growth Mindset Plan and a Digital Learning Manifesto. I will be interested to see how much these change over the next 18 months. I have joined several learning networks where I plan to not only be a consumer but also a contributor. I have always utilized Chest Journal and the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) as Respiratory Therapy learning networks. I have also added edWeb.net, LinkedIn, and Twitter as learning networks as well.
I remain enthusiastically interested in the future and what can be accomplished by training others my craft of Respiratory Therapy and Emergency Medicine. I remain optimistic that my growth mindset and the power of "yet" can take me to new heights, goals, and accomplishments. "Stay Thirsty my Friends".