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Developing the Roles and Responsibilities of The Qualified Nurse Teaching and Facilitating Others As a registered nurse or indeed as a student nurse undertaking training teaching others may it be peers clients or their families is an important factor that is practised in a variety of contexts day to day As The Code of Professional Conduct 2002 states the nurse is personally accountable for their practice and must maintain and improve professional knowledge and competence It also states that the role of the nurse is certainly to work in an open and co-operative manner with patients clients and their families foster their independence and recognise and respect their involvement in the planning and delivery of care Indeed if patients are to be involved in the planning of this care their understanding and learning of their illnessreason for their stay in hospital is of paramount importance When teaching others nurses must be active rather than passive practice in a variety of contexts using measurable objectives and understand the importance of motivation It is therefore important to understand as a nurse that different people may learn in many different ways and that differing approaches may have to be taken into consideration There are various learning theories and approaches to maximise understanding Knowles 1984 theory of andragogy is an attempt to develop a theory specifically for adult learning Andragogy makes assumptions about the design of learning Adults need to know why they need to learn something adults need to learn experientially Adults approach learning as problem solving and finally adults learn best when the topic is of immediate value Knowles theory identifies that strategies such as case studies role-playing simulation and self -evaluation are most useful There are four principles of andragogy as identified by Knowles The first identifies that adults
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