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Pros and Cons of Mandatory Continuing Nursing EducationGrand Canyon UniversityNRS-440VNNovember 16, 2018
Continuing Nursing Education Related to Competency: Pros•Increased knowledge and skill set for new medical technology•Competency in conducting research advancements or assistance in research•Expanding one's scope of practice requires more advanced skills and knowledge•Being competent in your nursing practice and increase patient safety or prevent medical errors
Continuing Nursing Education Related to Competency: Cons
Impact on Knowledge and Attitudes: Pros•Increase knowledge and skills•Change behavior/ attitudes•Maintain competence•Continue personal and professional development-Improved quality of care/clinical outcomes•Stay up to date-New research, technological advancement and changes in nursing practice
Impact on Knowledge and Attitudes: Cons•Financial considerations•Lack of institutional support•Time constraints•Family commitments•Professional journals- Lack of central maintenance of all credits accumulated and offer courses relatedto one's specialty only•Seminars-Costly and time consuming, nurse must pay travel expanses
Relationship to Professional CertificationPros•Promotes continuous learning, which is essential for career development, skill advancement, and optimal patient care •Can provide increased feelings of competence and self-confidence•Helps foster safer work environments, helps educate colleagues, and contribute to a culture of best practice•Provides career opportunities•Nurse mangers prefer to hire certified nurses because they have a proven knowledge base in specialty practice and an enhanced ability to function in complex patient care situations