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The Pros and Cons of Continuing Nursing EducationBy: BERNADETTE EZIKE, DURGA GURUNG, INPREET KAUR & LAUREN OSTROFFGrand Canyon University: NRS-440VNJune 25, 2017Professor Sandi Coufal
Continuing Nursing EducationPros●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 practiceCons●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
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
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)
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
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
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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