Teresa Sanderson, RN, CCM
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Nursing continuing education courses play a vital role in maintaining and enhancing the professional skills and knowledge of nurses. As a teacher, it's essential to create classes that are engaging, interactive, and impactful. In this article, we will provide five tips to help you teach more engaging nursing continuing education courses.

Choose Relevant Topics

Choosing relevant topics is the first step to creating an engaging nursing continuing education course. Your topic should be in line with the current needs and trends of the nursing profession. Consider conducting a survey or asking for feedback from previous attendees to understand the topics that are of interest to your audience.

Make Use of Interactive Techniques

Interactivity is key to keeping your attendees engaged. Consider using interactive techniques like case studies, role-playing, and group activities to promote hands-on learning. These techniques will not only help attendees retain the information better but also make the learning experience more enjoyable.

Use Visual Aids

Visual aids can greatly enhance the learning experience for your attendees. Use slides, diagrams, and videos to clarify complex concepts, provide visual aids and real-life examples, and keep attendees engaged throughout the class. Make sure to keep your visual aids simple and easy to understand, as too much information can overwhelm your audience.

Encourage Attendee Participation

Encouraging attendee participation is a great way to engage them and make the learning experience more enjoyable. Ask questions, provide opportunities for group discussions, and incorporate hands-on activities whenever possible. Encouraging participation will not only help attendees retain the information better but also make the class more dynamic and interactive.

Evaluate and Improve

Evaluating the effectiveness of your continuing education courses is essential to ensuring they meet the needs of your attendees. Ask attendees for feedback through surveys or in-person discussions and use this information to improve future courses. Continuously evaluating and improving your courses will help you provide high-quality education that meets the evolving needs of the nursing profession.


Teaching engaging nursing continuing education courses requires careful preparation and attention to detail. By following these tips, you can create dynamic, interactive, and impactful classes that help nurses stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the field and continue to provide high-quality patient care.

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