Take 5: Designing and evaluating 5-minute eLearning for busy hospital staff





Take 5, five-minute education, microlearning, online clinical education, continuing education, inter-professional education, eLearning, Royal Perth Hospital Royal Perth Bentley Group


Introduction: Ongoing professional education is an essential activity to ensure that hospital staff are using the best available evidence to deliver healthcare. Hospital staff from a range of professional groups cite increasing work volume and being too time poor to complete or attend education. To address this issue, a new 5-minute online education format (Take 5) was developed.

Methods: A descriptive study using a short evaluation survey was undertaken at Royal Perth Hospital in Perth, Western Australia, to evaluate interprofessional healthcare staffs’ levels of engagement with the new education format.

Results: The Take 5 education format facilitated the development of over 120 topics available via an intranet library page. During the study, it received 26,623 hits, averaging 19.3 visits per day. Topics were downloaded 45,611 times. Medication discrepancies (n = 1,326) and personal protective equipment (PPE) conservation (n = 1,115) were the most frequently downloaded. A total of 2,001 evaluation surveys were received, with nursing and medicine having the highest participation. The majority of staff (n = 1,895; 94.4%) rated the resource as having “good” to “high” quality content. Qualitative data showed that the topics were informative, easy to access and understand and perceived to help the participants change their clinical practice.

Conclusion: The Take 5 uptake has been strong and sustained, as highlighted by the substantive utilisation and evaluation. The concept was not designed to replace formal education but to act as an adjunct, providing key education to meet staff demands. It provided immediacy of information and quality evidence-based content and directed the learner to more formal learning content and resources.

Author Biographies

Nicholas May, Royal Perth Bentley Group

Nick May has over 40 years’ experience in nursing in a wide variety of acute hospital clinical settings including Cardiology, Intensive Care, Emergency, Midwifery and Aero-Medical Nursing with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Nick developed his passion for education as a clinical educator for 12 years in a busy city centre emergency department before graduating to hospital-wide education portfolios. His current portfolio is Organisational Development and Innovation which has required him to expand his skill-set into the Inter-professional arena.

Nick enjoys personal development coaching and is a passionate advocate for medication safety. In 2019 Nick was made a Health Round Table Innovation Fellow in recognition of his sharing the Take 5 education format across Australia and New Zealand.

Jeanne Young, Royal Perth Bentley Group

Jeanne has worked in nursing research for over 23 years undertaking research projects in bowel cancer, incontinence, pressure injuries and emergency medicine.

She has received $1,449,034 in research funding and has 24 national and international peer reviewed publications.


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May, N., Young, J., & Gillman, L. (2021). Take 5: Designing and evaluating 5-minute eLearning for busy hospital staff. Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-Professional Journal, 22(2), 60–71. https://doi.org/10.11157/fohpe.v22i2.505