Television Theory 302

Television theory was a college course that made me say to myself, “Wow, there is nothing in this class that applies to my future.” It was filler—an elective course to get easy credits to meet graduation standards. Sure, it was easy, but such a waste of time. If I weren’t required to meet a number of credit hours to graduate, I definitely would not have willingly taken it.

I know it’s a stretch to compare college to a senior care organization, healthcare facility, direct support service, or public safety organization. But I’m sure clinical and other staff have their share of “TV theory” stories that they took to meet a compliance standard, but which didn’t actually provide in-the-job experience. These types of courses end up being white noise—a distraction rather than an educational experience. They are often merely skimmed through; busy work more than anything. And ultimately, they leave a sour taste in the mouths of staff when prompted to take any kind of training in the future.


Creative Nonfiction 331

This nonfiction writing course taught me principles that will last my entire career. The art of answering “why” through text. Using real-life situations to make an abstract but concise point—these were skills that I ultimately used in my everyday job and helped me take my career to the next level.

When your staff take a course that they use and reference for years to come, that’s when you know you implemented an effective training program.

As an example, I’ll use a Relias course on Crisis Management:

Crisis Management

Especially in the health and human service field, the signs and skills identified in this course relate directly back to the everyday tasks of a clinical and healthcare professional. It’s not just a fluff 1.5 hour credit to meet a standard. This course goes through 6 chapters of information to help staff members know how to respond to crisis situations and develop crisis intervention plans. That’s not training staff will just skim over—it’s useful, practical information they’ll take with them when caring for someone.

As I mentioned before, my college experiences with education are far different than the training staff must undergo. It’s kind of like comparing apples and steak. Nonetheless, there is still one common request any adult partaking in a course or class has:

“Teach me something I can use.”

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