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International Nurses - Continuous Education in the USA

  • Publish Date: Posted about 2 years ago
  • Author:by Cathy Vollmer
Knowledge is power.

While so much of what we hear and read about in healthcare today is about nurses leaving the bedside, pay and staffing ratios; safety for the nurse and the patient is also an important discussion. That's why it's so important for nurses to keep acquiring more knowledge.

When a person first makes the decision to become a nurse, education becomes a major consideration. This is not just about obtaining the initial degree, but the continuous learning that will need to occur. Continuous learning is a necessity for maintaining licensure to work within a nurse’s state of practice and to keep up with the ever-evolving healthcare changes and advancement.

Ongoing Education is Necessary for Nurses of All Levels

The need for continuous education applies to nurses of all levels - from a recent nursing school graduate beginning their work within a healthcare facility to an experienced nurse moving from one country into another, or even a nurse transitioning from working one specialty to another. This can include medication resumes, care and treatment, equipment, and technology. In addition, there are many directions a nurse can take in their career if the desire is to advance to a further profession (for example, Certified Nurse, AACN, AORN, Nurse Practitioner, CRNA, etc.).

Education develops critical thinking, providing logic when making decisions and interacting with people. It is the foundation for nursing practice and patient care. This not only ensures safe and effective patient care, but also that the nurse is competent and able to work within the parameters of their standards of practice.

A Personalized Approach

As employers, Conexus MedStaff shares the responsibility of continuous education in ensuring the nurse has access to the educational resources needed to be successful in their day-to-day work and for their future progression within their profession.

This includes providing tools for evaluating where they are currently and reviewing where they want to be. This means not only assessing but providing the resources. These resources include vSim type environments, where the nurse can be in an interactive environment and navigate new equipment, processes, and even delegation. Some education can be done in groups as some people learn better with others, while others learn better one-on-one. The key is flexibility!

Not all individuals learn the same way, nor have the same timeframe for completing education. Education resources must be based on the individual and allow flexibility to do the work when the nurse has uninterrupted time. Having a clinical educator help coach and mentor through these education pathways assures an easier transition and success.

Education is not a “one and done.” Learning is done throughout one’s career. Everyone not only enjoys their work, but performs better with the right tools, resources, and knowledge. Knowledge is power, and this knowledge can provide the confidence to move into that next area or take on that challenging task and be successful, both personally and professionally.

The Conexus Commitment to Ongoing Education

At Conexus, we are committed to investing in the future of our healthcare professionals. One way we do that is through education and continuous learning through our educational program, Conexus Academy. This program provides personalized learning opportunities for career advancement and growth of our Conexus healthcare professionals. Through Conexus Academy, we provide a foundation of learning customized to meet the unique needs of each of our healthcare professionals to build confidence through learning and practice, and provides support at every step to support growth and success as a nurse in the U.S.

If you're an international nurse or a graduating nursing student on the F1 visa, Conexus is here to set you up for success as a U.S. nurse. Apply to join Conexus today.