The ICU as an Effective Learning Environment Essay

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Learning is the lifelong process of transforming information and experience into knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes. It may occur as part of education, personal development or training. According to Hinchliff (1999), there are many factors that can give and affect the quality of learning such as students, teachers and the environment. Meanwhile, learning environment itself is the physical or virtual setting in which learning takes place. Hannafin, Land & Oliver (1999) described learning environment as a typically constructivist in nature, engaging learners in “sense-making” or reasoning about extensive resource set, including four components which are enabling context, resources, a set of tools and scaffolds.

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Besides having a modern and practical layout which provides a comfortable place to the staff, the unit also furnished with the latest technology equipment and tools to give the best learning environment. Fordham (2005) stressed that adult will learn best in an environment that is comfortable not only in the physical sense but also when they feel at ease and are able to express themselves freely in a non-judge mental atmosphere.

The availability of good physical environment at my clinical area makes it suitable to offer a learning opportunity to the new qualified staffs, medical students and student nurses. McCabe (1985) verified clinical learning experience as the heart of professional education as it provides students with an opportunity for consolidating knowledge, socializing into professional role and acquiring professional values. During there placement at intensive care unit, students and new qualified staffs will be able to access learning resources and to have experience of effective information and associated technology as part of patient care and management. The resources that available in my clinical area are Guidelines and Protocol file, Quality Activities file, Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG), Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), International Standard Operating document (ISO), Guidelines for Drug and Investigation file, Hospital Policy,

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