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The Importance of Continuing Education for Nurses

OK, so you’ve graduated and passed your NCLEX-RN (congratulations!) but that doesn’t mean your days of learning are over. Continuing education is crucial to the nursing profession – for not only your safety but the safety of your patients. It is your duty to take part in continuing education so that you can remain aware and keep up to date with medical advancements and new research.

Throughout your career as a registered nurse in the USA, it is vital that you take part in continuing education. Here are some examples of what you'll need to keep up with.

1. Maintain your state nurse licensure.

That’s right, you will be expected to complete a certain number of hours of continuing education annually in order to keep your state nurse licensure active.

With 50 states to possibly work in (of which, our client coverage is growing regularly), remaining up to date on the state regulations of your profession is essential. And should you hope to work in a new state, you'll want to make sure you're licensed to do so.

2. Develop professionally.

Continuing education allows you to grow as a registered nurse and learn new skills. Over time you will be able to use the skills you have learned to become a leader in your area and a reliable source for your colleagues and patients.

3. Improve the safety of yourself & your patients.

Such is the case whether it’s dealing with violence in the workplace or hand hygiene.

Continuing education allows you to become aware of policies and procedures that keep you and your patients safe.

4. Stay up to date.

The nursing profession is continually evolving, continuing education allows you to stay up to date on patient care, healthcare trends, medical advances, and treatments.

Getting US Ready identifies challenges for international nurses arriving in the US for the first time.


To get things started with your career dream of working in the US, register with Conexus Medstaff’s cost-effective international nurse recruitment team. Be sure to learn about our Training Program in our free Conexus Medstaff guide, Getting US Ready. It offers insights on a wealth of aspects in US nursing to understand before you start your role.

Being prepared is crucial when it comes to future career happiness and success. There’s a lot to learn, which is why our dedicated team of experts are on-hand to guide our nurses through this challenging but exciting journey to working in the US.

To find out more about the Conexus Medstaff US Ready training program, be sure to contact your local Conexus Medstaff team.

More about US Ready

Nurses who join Conexus Medstaff are enrolled on our free ‘US Ready’ learning course before they start work in the USA. We understand that international nurses may have learned a different approach than what is expected in US hospitals and healthcare facilities in the USA. Our goal is to provide additional online training so that international nurses can put this into practice as soon as they start work in America. We believe that their investment of time in the online training course is rewarded by greater opportunities in the USA and sets international nurses up for a successful future in the USA.

To find out more about our ‘US Ready’ learning program, get in touch with us and speak to our Learning Development team.

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