Continuing education (CE) is professional learning experiences obtained after nursing licensure to enhance education, practice, administration, research, or theory development which improves the quality of healthcare (American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC], 2011).
NURSESEMPLOYERSPATIENTS Evidenced- based life-long learning that enhances professional development Increased job satisfaction and decreased turnover rates Up- to- date healthcare that offers the highest quality outcomes Improves knowledge base and skill level Leads to better patient outcomes Safe and effective care Career advancementDecreased risk management Increased satisfaction
Voluntary professional growth & career advancement Conditions of state licensure renewal Required for maintaining advanced certifications Required for annual evaluations/ competencies Mandatory employer standards
CE credits can be obtained from free resources, as well as accrediting bodies that charge a fee. FreeCost Nurse.com- Sponsored by Gannett Health Care Group Net CE- Continuing education for healthcare professionals MedscapeAmerican Nurses Association (Nursing World)- CE NurseCEU.comAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)- Western Schools
Nursing has made great strides in the 21 st century. The “nursing basics” (Rosdahl, 2008), the foundation of knowledge that the discipline was built upon still exists; however, considerable advancements have been made to progress nursing towards a professional practice. Continuing education give nurses the greatest opportunity to impact patients and promote quality outcomes. Variations in education platforms prepare nurses to meet evidenced- based standards of care, while also meeting the needs of professional growth and development within the discipline.
“Nurses must learn constantly, not only through observation and experience but also by seeking new knowledge and new evidence.”~ Florence Nightingale (1859)
American Nurses Credentialing Center. (2011). 2013 ANCC primary accreditation application manual for providers and approvers. Silver Spring, MD: Author. Nightingale F. Notes On Nursing: What it Is And What it Is Not. Harrison, London; 1859. Accessed May 12, 2011 from http://www.nursingplanet.com/Nightingale/conclu sion_appendix.htmlhttp://www.nursingplanet.com/Nightingale/conclu sion_appendix.html Rosdahl, C., & Kowalski, M. (2008). The Nature of Nursing. In Textbook of basic nursing (9th ed., p. 1). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.