Enhance Your Professional Development by Advancing Your Education
In the healthcare field, the desire to learn is a crucial attribute of an up-to-date healthcare provider. With change occurring regularly in this line of work, it is imperative that nurses stay abreast of recent advances. Therefore, many in healthcare take extreme pride in their professional development. This avenue of advancement provides a way to obtain new information and put it into standard practice. What better way to continue professional growth than to obtain a higher education?
Maintaining your professional development can be a difficult task to navigate on your own, especially when working full time as a nurse. However, continuing education is a vital and necessary piece of being a savvy health care provider in our modern world. Being up-to-date on current methods, practices and research can prove helpful for future patient outcomes; having a solid and diverse knowledge base at the bedside is invaluable. A nurse engaged in his or her own education and professional development is ultimately committed to providing the best care possible. In an occupation where cutting edge technology and medicine is constantly changing, seeking higher education can help healthcare professionals chart the course ahead.
Professional development can provide a creative outlet, seeking education on a topic previously unknown. This can be especially true when this knowledge is sought through higher education. Growth experienced through obtaining an additional degree can lead to increased career opportunities down the line. Successfully completing coursework in an area outside of your comfort zone has the potential to expand your realm of possibility in the healthcare sector. For example, if you’re a registered nurse who has dedicated your career to oncology care, the idea of transitioning into the cardiac world can seem daunting and even overwhelming. However, exposure to outside concepts can increase your ability and confidence to make such a move with an improved level of competence.
Taking the initiative toward academic expansion can advance your career. Leadership understands and appreciates the value of a highly motivated nurse. These individuals drive the healthcare sector forward and can inspire their peers to do the same. A highly qualified professional can experience more career satisfaction, leading to higher patient satisfaction overall. These individuals demonstrate effective care paired with modern techniques. Happiness and success has a way of being contagious in the workplace. These employees also may find themselves quickly in a mentor role, showing novice nurses the way and passing on crucial skills learned along the way. Orienting novice nurses to current and updated ways of practice will continue to serve the nursing profession for years to come.
Professional development can translate to personal development. A nurse who is willing to seek higher education to better perform in this or her current or desired role can gain a greater sense of personal accomplishment when professional goals are met. Going beyond the continuing education requirements of maintaining licensure can be mind expanding and lead to increased job satisfaction. With a greater understanding of clinical practice, patient care is delivered with increased skill and efficiency. Gaining additional skills and knowledge through obtaining higher education can open many doors of opportunity in the healthcare sector by providing the confidence to pursue them.
Education required to maintain current credentials is necessary. Examples of such may include an online education module, online course or in-person class. However, these are short lived experiences and usually specific to one topic. Many nurses struggle with paying out of pocket or having their facility reimburse them. Academic coursework in higher degrees can be seen as more of a long term investment. You are investing your time and money to a greater understanding of your already vast knowledge of healthcare, through a wide array of topics you may have not sought out previously. Best of all, the return on investment includes an additional degree upon completion with the prospect of a new and exciting position with the potential for higher pay.
Nurses are incredible givers - constantly caring for others with no expectations of anything in return. Isn’t it time you gave something back to yourself? If you are considering pursuing a higher degree of education, there is no time like the present to invest in your personal and professional career goals. Your future self, mind and career are waiting.Last edit by Joe V on Oct 19, '17
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