Continuing Education for Nurses
Since the days of Florence Nightingale, nursing has been considered a profession of lifelong learning. Advancements in medical technology, shifts in patient interface conventions, and the development of new specialties make it impossible for a dedicated nurse to become complaisant. In addition, nurses who want to significantly advance their careers must not only keep up with current research in their fields, but also be able to analyze and internalize new information to improve their skills on the job.
“The ability to critique studies is…a fundamental skill for undergraduate nurses to master in preparation for professional practice as registered nurses,” expert John Daly points out in his book Professional Nursing: Concepts, Issues, and Challenges. “Current registered nurses also need these skills….In fact, it is an ability that relates to lifelong learning since it is an area where we can always learn and improve our skills.”
Then again, does lifelong learning really mean that nurses need to attend classes or pursue additional certification, on top of learning from daily experience and independent re
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