Do you rely on management to provide current, up to date protocols and procedures based on clinical nursing research?
Do you read nursing journals?
Do you practice your nursing based on 'this is how we have always done it at this hospital/unit'
In the ER I work in, we have Clinical Nurse Specialists who do a lot of courses and workshops, then bring the current practices back to us and we implement them. I have to say I am a bit lazy when it comes to reading journals but I do try to keep my nursing practice evidence-based.
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I don't know why they call it a practice...like we're important professionals or something.
umm... Because we are.
To OP - I am still fresh out of school, so haven't worried a lot about this yet for my nursing licence. But, I've had several years of maintaining my dental assisting credentials. There are a couple yearly dental conferences here in the metro area that I attended to keep up with the "Latest and Greatest". BTW - some of the classes/lectures had RN CEUs available also, so I'll be able to kill the proverbial two birds with one stone. :spin:
The hospital I am currently employed at appears to have a good program aimed at keeping nursing staff up to date. (Although I'm still trying to figure out how to make that work with a evening /nights rotation...) I also get mailings from school / other sources for available classes, lectures, online classes, etc. I'm also currently looking at different nursing magazines. (Suggestions welcome...) And, I intend to go back to school to finish BSN in the not to distant future. (Personal goal to finish "4 year" degree before kids do - oldest is HS senior.)
So, I guess in answer: yes, to all of your questions above.
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