You’ve finished your degree, gained your nursing qualification and secured full time employment as a nurse. You may be thinking, ‘Great! I’ve finished studying for good!‘ but this is not the end of your educational journey. As a nurse, you face different challenging situations on a daily basis, dealing with a wide range of patients and scenarios. You are also faced with new technologies that have a huge impact upon the medical world. As such, much like practicing law, training is a key part of your job description as a professional nurse.
Whether you are newly qualified, a seasoned nurse looking to rejuvenate the passion for your field, or wondering if nursing could be the right career choice for you, here is why continual training is so important in this profession.
Open New Doors
One of the greatest incentives for a nurse to keep training is the possibility of more job prospects. While your initial degree or qualification will allow you to practice as a nurse, climbing the career ladder will often require further skills derived from education. Whether you wish to specialize and work within a particular field, or would like to become a nurse practitioner with a larger pay packet, you will have to undertake further training.
In addition, many experts are calling for nurses to use technology. With society’s increased reliance on technology and the frequent implementation of new technology on wards and elsewhere in hospitals, employers may soon be asking for competence with new technologies in their job advertisements for nurses.
More Knowledge Equals Better Care
Nursing is a demanding profession with long hours and stressful situations. You are required to think on your feet, remain calm under pressure and deliver a high standard of care. By continuously training and adding to your existing skill set, you will be able to offer better care to your patients.
When you learn about new technologies, treatment methods and medicines, you are also enhancing the level of care that you can provide. You will experience greater job satisfaction and be able to pass on your knowledge to your patients, whether this is about a diagnosed illness or their treatment process. Essentially, staying up-to-date with current research will allow you to administer the most up-to-date care and treatment.
As a nurse, you enter your profession knowing that you are equipped with the knowledge to succeed. However, the field of health care is ever changing, with new developments and technologies. Continuing education is vital in order to prepare you for the future of your nursing career.
(A guest post with links for UK nurses– holds true for nurses worldwide. )
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