Learning Needs Assessment

learning needs assessment is a crucial part of education and organizations. Needs assessment helps identify strategic priorities, guide decisions, establish evaluation criteria, define results to accomplish, and inform continuous improvement activities (Hudson et al., 2018).

Learning Needs Assessment

The process of needs assessment involves using systematic questions, comparing answers, and making informed decisions regarding the next course of action to improve human performance. As a nurse educator, in addition to teaching learners, I have a role in assessing learners’ needs to understand their needs and help me develop lesson plans.

As a result, I will be able to determine what and how to teach to enhance learning outcomes. My practicum area is in the intermediate medical unit (IMU) acute setting, where I teach learners about various medications for cardiac conditions. I focus on various medications such as nitroglycerine, amiodarone, and Cardizem.

This paper will be presented in two parts. The first part will present several closed and open-ended questions for learning needs assessment related to my practicum area. The second will present the data collection techniques and the utilization of the collected data to come up with a lesson plan.

Learning Needs Assessment Questions

Demographic data:



Education level

Needs assessment Questions

  1. What is your current area of specialty?
  2. Have you ever worked in the intermediate medical unit before?
  3. Have you ever taken care of patients with cardiac conditions?
  4. What cardiac medications have you interacted with before?
  5. How will learning about cardiac medications help you in the future?
  6. What are gaps in care for patients in IMU have you noticed?
  7. What are strategies in your mind that will help in addressing the gaps?
  8. Do you think the time allocated for this practicum experience is enough? Explain.
  9. What would you like to learn about managing patients in the acute care setting in IMU?
  10. How will you transform the knowledge gained in this practicum into your future practice?
  11. What are the sources of information for your learning?
  12. Do you apply evidence-based practice in your learning and care for patients?
  13. Do you think you can use the skills and knowledge from this practicum in the clinical area?

Data Collection and Application

As discussed earlier, needs assessment follows a systematic pattern to determine the gaps in skills, knowledge, or practice and help in coming up with solutions. Data collection is a crucial part of the needs assessment. Therefore, deciding on what data and how it should collect is essential.

Various data collection methods, including surveys, questionnaires, interviews, tests, and extant data, can be used in various settings to collect vital data (Clark & Vealé, 2018). The choice for either method is influenced by factors such as time, cost, reliability, language, ethics, and bias. As for this needs assessment, questionnaires are the preferred method.

Questionnaires are a form of written interview that can be used to gather important information about a topic from respondents. The questions can be administered by telephone, computer, post, or face-to-face (Clark & Vealé, 2018). The use of questionnaires has various advantages, which makes it feasible for use in this practicum needs assessment.

First, questionnaires are inexpensive to create and administer. The questions will cover various areas I intend to focus on during teaching sessions. I can administer them face to face or send a copy through phones and computers for learners to fill out. In addition, questionnaires are easy to respond to and help in gathering extensive information, especially when respondents’ information is kept confidential.

Enhancing privacy and confidentiality allows respondents to provide honest and extensive information without fear of intimidation. The information from questionnaires is easy to tally and analyze. However, the use of questionnaires may be limited due to some disadvantages. Limited responses, time-consuming to make, superficial responses, and inaccuracy of analyzing open-ended questions may limit the use of questionnaires.

Upon collecting the data using questionnaires, I intend to utilize the outcomes to develop my lesson plan and adopt evidence-based strategies that will help in teaching learners. The data will help me understand the areas requiring much attention and those which are difficult for learners. Such areas will require the utilization of various teaching strategies, including presentations, simulations, and group discussions.

Understanding how to incorporate various teaching strategies will help me develop a comprehensive teaching lesson plan that meets the needs of all learners. Good teaching strategies will improve learners` knowledge and skills necessary to apply in future practice to influence patient outcomes (Hudson et al., 2018). Finally, the gaps identified from the collected data can be fixed to benefit the learners.


As part of education, the learning needs assessment is a vital process that can be done on either an individual or a group of learners. Needs assessment help in identifying gaps and setting goals and can be used to initiate change in practice. As a result, needs assessment has become a common procedure in various institutions. Nurse educators should continuously conduct a needs assessment to identify various patient needs before developing lesson plans.


Clark, K. R., & Vealé, B. L. (2018). Strategies to enhance data collection and analysis in qualitative research. Radiologic Technology89(5), 482CT-485CT. http://www.radiologictechnology.org/content/89/5/482CT.short

Hudson, A., Ellis-Cohen, E., Davies, S., Horn, D., Dale, A., Malyon, L., Edwards, R., Harnischfeger, J., Radel, G., Bundy, R., & Jauncey-Cooke, J. (2018). The value of a learning needs analysis to establish educational priorities in a new clinical workforce. Nurse Education in Practice29, 82–88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2017.11.016

Learning Needs Assessment

Assessment Description

The effective nurse educator is able to use student learning needs to create specific and measurable learning outcomes for a lesson or curriculum.

The purpose of this assignment is to create a learning needs assessment in order to determine learning outcomes for the topic identified in the learner’s practicum setting.

Part 1

Develop a short needs assessment of 10-20 open-ended or closed-ended questions for a learning needs assessment related to your education focus to administer to your practicum audience. Administer this learning needs assessment in your practicum setting. This data will be used to guide the development of your lesson plan in Topic 8 assignment.

Part 2

To accompany your assessment, write a 350-500-word data collection plan with the following information:

  1. Explanation of data collection techniques (such as the format and how you will administer the learning needs assessment to your students).
  2. Description of how you will use the data collected from this learning needs assessment when developing the lesson plan.

General Requirements

Submit both parts to the assignment dropbox on one Word document.

Cite one or two peer reviewed/scholarly resources in your paper.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.***PLEASE USE WEB SOURCES AS REFERENCES***NO BOOKS PLEASE!!!***PLEASE INCLUDE URL***SOURCES MUST BE WITHIN THE LAST FIVE YEARS***(THE PRACTICUM SETTING IS A HOSPITAL & THE LESSON PLAN WILL BE ABOUT DIABETES) **ONLY IF YOU NEEDED THAT INFORMATION**