Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Assessing Learning

Conversations should be geared toward the nurse understanding the client's knowledge, skill gaps, or what he/she is struggling with, instead of testing and/or evaluating the client. To ensure the nurse has clearly explained and/or demonstrated to the client, the nurse may start the conversation by: 

  • So that I am certain I explained this clearly, please tell me what you think I said about...
  • So that I know that demonstrated this well, please show me what you think I did/how you think I did this...
  • How do you think this will affect/impact the way you do things each day/change how you live/act?
  • What benefit do you see?
  • How will this help you?
  • What risks do you see/what will be hardest for you? Why?
  • What will work for you?
  • What support do you need to enable you to do...?