Nursing school is a difficult experience for many and the mere thought of any continuing education course is enough to make some nurses shudder. However, nurses owe it to themselves and the patients they serve to continually work to improve their skills and knowledge about patient care. There are many ways that nurses can grow their body of knowledge and nearly as many reasons why they should.
Here are 3 things that nurses should consider about continuing education.
Continuing Education is Not One Size Fits All
Fortunately, continuing education for nurses comes in many forms. Nurses can go back to school to advance their degree with a Master’s degree in nursing focusing on administration, education, information, and several other specification. There are also options obtain certifications in almost every nursing specialty including informatics, gastroenterology, med-surg, and peri-operative nurses. Continuing education units (CEUs) are required annually in many states and usually cover a variety of topics focusing on many nursing interests. These are just some of the ways that nurses can continue their education.
Continuing Education Can Improve a Nurse’s Lifestyle
Even without obtaining an advanced degree, many certifications and other continuing education programs can help nurses to attain higher paid positions that can raise their salary and increase their marketability. For example, an ADN prepared nurse can go back to school to obtain a BSN. The cost of the nursing program will likely be reimbursed by a nurse’s employer and they will receive an increase in pay after they have completed their degree. Having a BSN can also give nurses an edge when attempting to rise in the ranks of healthcare.
Keeping Up With Best Practices
Nursing best practices and standards of care are continually changing. As more evidence is gained and new advances in technology emerge, there are more ways that patients nurses can help to improve mortality and quality of life. Continuing education gives nurses fresh information that can be implemented to improve patient outcomes. Nurses don’t practices by the same standards they did 20 years ago or even 5 years ago so it’s important for nurses to make an effort to stay informed of impending changes to their nursing practice.