Monday, 19 September 2016

The Practice Of Lifelong Learning In The Nursing Profession

I must admit that when I was an “ordinary” nurse in clinical practice I didn’t take the importance of lifelong learning a seriously as I should. Goepee states that “Lack of time -Negative effects of school experience - Lack of confidence -Distance from classes- Reluctance to go out at night” are all reasons given for not pursuing the practice (2001, pg. 612). I can relate to some if not all of these excuses for not participating in lifelong learning while I was still a clinician. I see those same reasons given to me by colleagues who are still working in the clinical areas. The momentum needs to begin a course of studies is usually related to its pragmatic use in practice on the ward (Pool, Poell, Berrings & Cate, 2015). Pool et al. also spoke about the differences in types of studies and reasons for them when looking a lifelong learning across an age spectrum of nurses (2015) I found it interesting to see how the older nurse in order to advance them self will go into a more formal education program to obtain a post-graduate education. I must say I am an example of that kind of reality. In today’s world of rapid changes, nurses will continue to do lifelong learning not only because it is mandated by the CRNBC (College of Registered Nurses of BC), but because they need to know something in order to effectively practice their profession.

Gopee, N. (2001) Lifelong learning in nursing: perceptions and realities. Nurse Educ. Today, 21 (8) (2001), pp. 607–615

Pool, I. A., Poell, R. F., Berings, M. C., & Cate, O. t. (2015). Strategies for continuing professional development among younger, middle-aged, and older nurses: A biographical approach. International Journal Of Nursing Studies, 52(5), 939-950. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.02.004

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