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The Pros and Cons of Continuing Nursing Education By: BERNADETTE EZIKE, DURGA GURUNG, INPREET KAUR & LAUREN OSTROFF Grand Canyon University: NRS-440VN June 25, 2017 Professor Sandi Coufal
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Continuing Nursing Education Pros Professionalism Commitment to maintaining competence Attention to patient safety and reduction in medical errors motivate employers to support continuing education Research support positive effects of nursing practice Cons Difficult to agree on standards, administrative and monitoring costs Concern about the cost Access and quality of continuing education offerings Research inconclusive Difficult to measure outcomes
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Florence Nightingale “Let us never consider ourselves as finished nurses...We must be learning all our lives” (McDonald, 2009). Importance of Continuous Education Provide safer care and positive patient outcome Increasing knowledge Contribute to professional growth Promote critical thinking Provide a venue for networking with other professionals License renewal, improve the nursing qualities
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Statements supporting Mandatory Continuing Nursing Education “Specific clinical skills such as triage decisions, critical thinking, communication, use of research, and inter-professional collaboration, as well as the more generic autonomous practice, professional development and broadening or deepening of knowledge, were also reported to be improved by postgraduate education.” (Shalala, 2011) “For professional nurses, continuing education is essential to safe and effective nursing care. Nurses have a professional and legal responsibility to update their knowledge and apply that knowledge to the bedside.” (Witt, 2011)
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Impact of Continuing Education on Competency Required to maintain licensure Essential to maintain skill level Necessary to operate patient related equipment Nurses who are competent provide safe patient care
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Examples of Continuing Education on Competencies Intravenous Line stare and care Information technology and Privacy ● BLS/ACLS/PALS Hazardous Material and Waste Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) ● HIPPA Order of Blood Draw Operation of Intravenous Pumps Blood transfusion and reaction
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Impact of Continuing Education on Knowledge and Attitudes Broadens nurses knowledge and skills Increases nurses’ understanding of patient needs Enhances critical thinking capacity Provides free education that satisfies institutional educational requirements Boosts nurses’ morale and fosters better relationships
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