Renowned Speaker for Nursing Conferences 2019- Carmen Herbel Spears

Title: Innovative Learning Theory for Improved Education Outcomes in both Patients and Students

Carmen Herbel Spears

Independence University, USA


Dr. Carmen Herbel Spears has over 30 years in nursing/healthcare management. She has 15 years of experience in traditional and online education. Dr. Spears’ experience in healthcare management includes home health, hospital and critical care management. She has been director and CEO of both national healthcare and rural healthcare systems. Dr. Spears has been Dean of Healthcare for eight years. She holds a Doctorate in Health Care Administration and master’s and bachelor’s in nursing. Dr. Spears has published on national healthcare systems iniatives, Learning Theory, nursing mentoring programs, and organizational management of online education and healthcare systems.


Understanding how adults learn will improve the effectiveness of any instruction. Nurses are expected to understand how to instruct both patients and students who most often are adult learners. The Stratified Knowledge Development Learning Model (SKDLM) is an example of a unique adult learning model that seeks to describe adult learning by recognizing how adult learners assimilate knowledge. SKDLM identifies the characteristics that are most prevalent in adults and seeks to increase learning outcomes by addressing these characteristics. Over time recognizing the value of information increases the use of the information. The SKDLM and other adult learning theories recognize and illuminate the importance of adult learning throughout a curriculum to ensure mastery. In this presentation important components of adult learning will help nurses improve approaches to educating patients and students. Important skills will be provided to ensure any nurse can incorporate innovative learning tools in adult education.