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Train the Trainer

  • 1.  Train the Trainer

    Posted 10-10-2018 22:59

    I was looking for some ideas on what other people do to train their trainers. Ideally, i would like to do a class that goes over adapting to different learning methods and best practices in pre-analytics. In addition, find a way to motivate my phlebotomists to want to train.

    Thank you for any insight!

    Carolyn Sabady
    Phlebotomy Supervisor
    ACL Laboratories
    West Allis WI

  • 2.  RE: Train the Trainer

    Posted 10-11-2018 16:31
    I find that giving a group creative freedom to design their own draft material/coursework is motivating.  You could give them some dedicated time at work to review preanalytical factors, such as journal reviews, webinars, etc. and then more time later to create their material.  Lastly, have them present and teach you.  This is where you can give criticism about the material.  I recently attended a webinar that might be beneficial for them, Preventing Pre-analytical Errors in Critical Care Testing: K, Na, ionized Ca, pO2 / CO-oximetry, and lactate.  Here is the link:

    Hope this helps!

    Jennifer Hayes
    Laboratory Director
    Oregon State Hospital
    Salem OR

  • 3.  RE: Train the Trainer

    Posted 10-12-2018 08:25
    At we use a teach-back methodology to train our trainers within the global setting.  We initially began with 2 trainers and have branched out to over a 1000 in-country trainers.  For the pre-examination phase, consider creating a competency checklist.  Instruct your phlebotomists to conduct the competency review while observing role plays which are immediately followed-up with a debrief discussion.  Each role play contained 1-2 major errors that were selected for key debrief messages.
    This worked out well for me in China addressing key learning points with minimal translation required.  It also brought in the reality regarding what phlebotomist face while performing their duties.
    Thanks for providing an forum to share with colleagues.

    Anna Murphy
    Avalon NJ
    (609) 368-7064