In our regional area we have a decentralised approach to clinical education. In order to prevent duplication, support neophyte nurse educators and contirbute to the profession of nurse education, we have started a Communitiies of Practice Group.
The "proponent/developer" of this concept is found here:
We have met a number of times, off campus, for lunch. We are just new at this and are feeling our way but have better outcomes from our groupings than any "formal ' meeting process we had before.
We meet once a month, usually the third Thursday. For the first few meetings I suggested topics and now we are sharing the opportunity to facilitate. Our Executive Director is aware of our group and is happy for us to be "off the radar".
We are a small group and have recently invited our tertiary colleagues to come along. Last meeting a university colleague came along. This led to a great opportunity to discuss professional development acess to both arenas (and a longer lunch). We discussed things and brain stormed some great potential CNE education across industry and education within our own regional area. This would have great benefits for our staff in reducing travel to access professional development.
Has anyone else had experience with the practice groups and do you have hidden shoals to advise use against?
I've been filling up on "A Guide to manageing knowledge- Cultivating communities of Practice " a great book by Wenger, McDermott & Snyder.
I'd be interested to hear from anyone and thought I might share our progress here. If that's okey?
We don't have the same people come every time but there are some core attendees. We have discussed "Teaching Portfolios", provided feedback on a state framework for clinical education, given guidence to a new educator, de breifed and last meeting discussed the National Registration and our CNE provider numbers etc etc. WE even talked about our practice group attracting 1 CNE point for us.