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.