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Strategy Submission

Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback


Gerry Altmiller



Associate Professor



The College of New Jersey


Competency Categories:

Quality Improvement, Safety, Teamwork and Collaboration

Learner Level(s):

New Graduates/Transition to Practice, Pre-Licensure ADN/Diploma, Pre-Licensure BSN, RN to BSN, Staff Development

Learner Setting(s):

Classroom, Clinical Setting

Strategy Type:

Online or Web-based Modules

Learning Objectives:

This is a narrated presentation focused on helping students to understand the importance of learning to give and to receive constructive feedback.  Key points include understanding constructive feedback's role in quality improvement and patient safety, and learning to view constructive feedback as an opportunity for improvement.  It addresses the following KSAs: Teamwork and Collaboration, Describe impact of own communication style on others; Discuss effective strategies for communicating and resolving conflict; Explain how authority gradients influence teamwork and patient safety, S-Communicate with team members, adopting own style of communicating to needs of the team and situation; Solicit input from other team members to improve individual, as well as team performance; Assert own position/perspective in discussions about patient care; Choose communication styles that diminish the risks associated with authority gradients among team members, A-Value teamwork and the relationships upon which it is based; Contribute to the resolution of conflict and disagreement; Quality Improvement; Recognize that nursing and other health professions students are parts of systems of care and care processes that affect outcomes for patients and families; A-Value own and others' contributions to outcomes of care in local care settings. Safety: Describe factors that create a culture of safety (such as open communication strategies and organizational error reporting; S-Communicate observations or concerns related to hazards and errors to patients, families, and the health care team; A-Value vigilance and monitoring (even of own performance of care activities) by patients, families, and other members of the health care team.

Strategy Overview:

This is a narrated presentation.  Students may listen to it on-line, at home, or in the classroom with a faculty member.  The presentation can be loaded into Electronic Course Frameworks and assigned. If assigned as an out of class activity, faculty can have students blog or post in discussions about what they gained from the presentation.

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Additional Materials:

Evaluation Description:

Evaluation strategies can include a blog or discussion post to determine what students gained from listening to the presentation.  Faculty can initiate a classroom discussion focused on the value of feedback and strategies students learned from the presentation to help them give and receive constructive feedback.
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