Why hands-on training is the key to maximizing career success
By: Nikita Shivdasani and Dr Robert Beatty
Traditional learning practices will always have their place in education. However, in the real world, some things cannot be learned by watching another person do a task or having it explained to him; you really have to do the task in a safe and secure environment to learn how to do it properly.
Robert Beatty, MD, founder of Provider Practice Essentials, saw this exact need in the medical field when his wife, a double-certified family nurse practitioner, experienced first-hand the challenges of finding true clinical experience. Although she was able to work directly with patients, this environment was often not conducive to her success and the stakes were so high that she was often too nervous to take risks and ask questions.
Together, the couple designed a solution that provides training to healthcare professionals across the country and gives professionals the confidence and mastery of the procedures necessary to excel in their field. Dr Beatty says:
We truly believe that everyone learns differently. It is important to find a method that allows an individual to learn at their own pace, by their best method, for long term retention and application.
Developing this teaching method may seem easier said than done, but Dr Beatty has discovered that any quality training program has three key elements that ensure that students get the training they need and build the confidence that will be essential to their success.
A student can read something a hundred times, but until they do it, it is not clear how well they can accomplish a task. Hands-on training allows you to actively engage in immediate practice of the new skill you are learning, which is essential for information retention, explains Dr. Beatty.
A 2019 Brookings Institute study found that people entering the technical field in the San Francisco Bay Area and devoting their money and time to mainstream education were not as productive as those who have undergone practical training in internship positions.
Hands-on learning provides time and space to reflect on each action, as well as support from teachers who can provide real-time feedback. This is another essential element that Dr. Beatty wanted to inject into the Provider Practice Essentials program. He says:
It is really important to give students the space to fail. Especially when they can get immediate feedback. It helps them learn in the moment and focus on doing better in the future.
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Hands-on learning with other like-minded professionals is much more fun and engaging than attending a conference or reading educational literature. Just like in an office or workplace where employees have to work with teams, the same is usually true for training experiences.
A quality training experience should place as much emphasis on people as it does on work. If students feel comfortable with the people they are learning from and with whom they are learning, they are more likely to engage with the material, ask questions, and work harder. Dr Beatty says:
A comfortable environment is important for learning. There cannot be fear of embarrassment. This allows for personal interaction as you summarize extremely difficult concepts into manageable pieces of educational content. This way, large concepts are easier to grasp and more exciting, resulting in better retention of the smallest details.
A comfortable and accessible classroom environment also allows students to interact with potential teachers and mentors. When a mentor can see someone’s strengths and weaknesses firsthand, they can work to better equip a person with the skills they need to be successful. Conversely, students who feel they are struggling or have questions that are beyond the classroom feel they have a trusted resource in their instructors.
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Above all, said Dr Beatty, students who complete hands-on training should be filled with confidence. If they have completed the program and feel confident in what they have learned, it will shine through and make it an instant asset to any organization.
Additionally, these students will be more likely to seek out learning opportunities in their field and be an asset to their teams now and in the future. After all, learning is not something that ends after graduation, but something that must continue throughout a career. He says:
Training can bring confidence, mastery of procedures and plant a seed for lifelong learning from a different perspective.
There really is no substitute for hands-on training, but how the training is delivered matters. Excellent hands-on teaching practice will combine these three elements to ensure that students have a space to learn, ask questions, and develop the confidence to step into their field and make a difference.
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Nikita Shivdasani is an experienced communications professional. His expertise consists of helping brands communicate their USP and build their profile in the market. She firmly believes in striving for excellence to achieve good results.
Dr. Robert Beatty, a certified leader in emergency medicine and founder of Provider Practice Essentials, recognized the need for collaboration among all educational settings. He founded Provider Practice Essentials, a medical education company designed for advanced practice providers to provide a collaborative educational resource for healthcare professionals. To learn more, visit here.