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Giving Learner Feedback


Giving effective feedback are skills that are central in healthcare settings.  The whole process is connected closely with professional development and improved performance.  Feedback should be constructive by focusing on behaviours that can be improved.

Tips and Principles of Giving Effective Feedback

  • One-on-one feedback is preferable.
  • Be specific.
  • Encourage self-reflection.
  • If possible, plan feedback in advance.
  • Provide feedback as soon as possible after the performance of the activity.
  • Feedback should be ongoing and regular.  It should not occur only at formal midterm and final evaluations.
  • Ensure to give positive feedback when a learner is doing something right as this reinforces it for the learner.
  • With constructive feedback, provide privacy, be specific and give suggestions of how to improve.


Indicators of Learning


Providing clinical education in a busy environment can be challenging.  Learners require frequent observation, coaching, feedback and support. Learners must demonstrate beginning to ‘get it and carry on’.  In the case for nursing learners, they need to demonstrate more independence, greater confidence, self-starting, less hesitant and a flexible mindset as they progress through the program.  Some indicators that a learner is moving towards entry level are but not limited to:

  • works effectively as a member of a team.
  • has effective communication skills.
  • is open to feedback and make changes as necessary.
  • demonstrates understanding of BCIT BSN Competencies
  • thorough client assessments and appropriate nursing care.
  • explains rationales behind actions and draws from the evidence.
  • organized, independent and time efficient.
  • seeks guidance and assistance.
  • documents and charts on time and concise.