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Margaret Wayne is a staff educator with a Master’s degree who works in a 375-bed acute care institution in a large metropolitan area. She mentions that her hospital was recently successful in attracting a large number of new nurses as a result of the installation of a new compensation structure that was shown at a two-day career fair. Margaret has just learned that general orientation for the new staff (about 40 in total) will be arranged within the next three weeks.

Margaret discovered that the new employees’ ages ranged from 19 to 50 and included unlicensed assistive people, LPNs, and RNs when she studied the â€New Employee Data Sheets†forwarded by human resources (with varying backgrounds such as hospital-based diploma school, associate degree, and baccalaureate-prepared graduates). She also discovered the hospital had hired two clinical nurse specialists and three nurse practitioners. She also mentioned that other members of the gang identify as “Hispanic” and “Asian.”

How can Margaret assess the requirements of this varied group of learners given the educational, age, and ethnic diversity?
Provide at least three learning strategies that could be useful in communicating information to a group of 40 people.
Explain how cultural, educational, and age-related differences can be effectively handled.


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