Continuing Education for Nurses are for nurses who wish to pursue further knowledge in the medical field. It is not required, but taking this additional course will greatly improve your knowledge, as well as your employability.
Nursing is one of the most in-demand courses in the world. This can be accredited to the nurses’ salary, which is, according to an international survey, one of the highest paying jobs in the world. Add the fact that there is a growing demand for nurses, and even more so for registered nurses. That reason alone makes it more popular than other courses in colleges and universities.
Being a nurse, or a Registered Nurse (RN), is no easy task, as you would spend countless years studying medical terms and approaches, and taking a test to prove you are capable of being a nurse. It doesn’t stop there, as you will need to spend several years honing your skills and applying those you have learned on real-life situations. Failure is not an option, as this profession demands perfection. A wrong move on a nurses’ part can instantly end his or her nursing practice, and worse, might end up in court for medical malpractice.
Hospitals usually admit registered nurses (RNs) or those who have proven themselves to be capable. But those who aren’t apt enough can also be admitted, but are only limited to taking care of patients’ well-being (i.e. checking the patients’ temperature, food intake, etc.). They are also (sometimes) required to take additional classes to further hone their skills, and this can be done by taking Continuing Education courses.
Continuing education, as the term implies, is for adults and students (those who have already obtained their degree on their respective courses) who wish to continue studying and pursue further education. Like further (adult) education, universities offer them through credit-granting courses. These courses can either be taken online, or by traditional learning system. Continuing education usually has the same requirements as adult education. One is to meet the university’s degree requirements, which is to have a formal education and at least one degree in the student’s respective field. He or she must also be able to demonstrate exemplary knowledge on the subject and its related fields, as it is required to pass the course.
Another requirement for those who wish to pursue continuing education for Nurses is for them to have credits, or Continuing Education Units. These credits can be obtained in several ways, one is to spend ten hours on his or her practice and the other way is to demonstrate knowledge on that field, and medical websites, such as Medscape.com, will furnish them with credits needed to continue studying. These credits can then be used for free continuing education programs, which can be taken online or in nursing schools.
Registered nurses (Rns in nursing school) can also take these courses too, should they wish to improve their knowledge even further. But if they are confident enough on their skills as nurses, they can choose not to take these programs.
For more information and resource about free continuing education programs, you can visit the nearest university within your vicinity and have a talk with the schools’ representative. If you wish to find out more information about continuing nursing programs and credits, you can visit medical websites such as Medscape.com or go the nearest nursing schools in your vicinity.