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How do nurses keep current with up to date information?

How do nurses keep current with the latest healthcare news and important medical information we need to be the best we can be?

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education.

Well, with 5 years of experience, what have you been doing to stay up to date? There's journals, there's CEUs, there's conferences, there's educational opportunities offered by employers, there's a lot of options.

Our hospital has a practice committee for nursing practice. They carefully follow all the latest research and update our policy and procedure manual.

For example, when the latest evidence for proper skin care was studied ,we had a hospital wide inservice on the new, best practices to prevent skin breakdown.

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia.

I subscribe to several journals in my specialty areas, I also subscribe to Medscape and other email compilations of information. I belong to several specialty organizations.

I have been doing CEU's. I work for an internist and any continuing education is all up to me. I suppose the better question is which journals are the most helpful to subscribe to? Thanks for the help.

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I subscribe to several journals in my specialty areas, I also subscribe to Medscape and other email compilations of information. I belong to several specialty organizations.

Thank you very much. I am attempting to streamline my emails. I'm a busy working mom! I work for an internist but still try to keep current.

Well, with 5 years of experience, what have you been doing to stay up to date? There's journals, there's CEUs, there's conferences, there's educational opportunities offered by employers, there's a lot of options.

Thank you very much!

Julius Seizure

Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care.

I recently heard the "statistic" that to really stay up to date, one would have to read 16 journal articles or research reports EVERY day of the year. Obviously no one can do that, but sites like Medscape and your specialty organizations (like NAPNAP for peds NPs) can help by alerting you to what may be more relevant and important to your practice.

I recently heard the "statistic" that to really stay up to date, one would have to read 16 journal articles or research reports EVERY day of the year. Obviously no one can do that, but sites like Medscape and your specialty organizations (like NAPNAP for peds NPs) can help by alerting you to what may be more relevant and important to your practice.

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Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

CEUs, journals, in-services, every now and then I try to attend a conference. I focus mostly on psych but every now and then I'll do something that's outside of psych just to broaden my knowledge base.

Getting certified helps, because of the insane amount of CEUs required to renew it--I am practically forced to complete CEUs on a monthly basis to keep up.

CEUs, journals, in-services, every now and then I try to attend a conference. I focus mostly on psych but every now and then I'll do something that's outside of psych just to broaden my knowledge base.

Getting certified helps, because of the insane amount of CEUs required to renew it--I am practically forced to complete CEUs on a monthly basis to keep up.

thank you :)

hawaiicarl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical care.

Personally for my EBP I use the AACN website, the CCRN magazine, and the CDC.

Cheers

PS - Well of course I do NTI, and other conferences too.

CraigB-RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Emergency, Education, Informatics.

The common term today is setting up a personal/Professional learning network or PLN. This is a network consists of people you know and work with, organizational resources like AACN,ENA, AORN. And then in todays world WEb 2.0 tools or in popular terms, social media.

There are a number of components.

Open Source - think of this the discussion that goes on in the hallways of a good conference. This is people discussing new information openly for free. They do this through blogs, podcasts, etc

RSS Feeds or really simple syndication. This feeds you blog posts right to your phone/desktop etc. You can get the table of contents of journals as well. I get the table of content for about 19 journals every month, and I pick what I want to read.

Podcasts - either audio or video productions discussing aspects of nursing and medicine. I listen to podcasts on my way to work, when I'm out and about/grocery shopping.

Twitter/facebook.google + Not all development comes with CEU's but it's still as important.

Now for starters there isn't as much nursing specific stuff out there, most is done by medical staff. But knowledge is knowledge.

Then there is the formal stuff such as conferences and traditional journal reading.

CraigB-RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Emergency, Education, Informatics.

I'm not sure every day of every year. But it is time intensive. RSS feeds of the table of contents can help whittle it down, I see the contents of about 65 journals, Get the actually table of contents to my mailbox for about 16 or so. I use Browzine and Read by QXmd. It's a mix of medical and nursing. I get basic nursing journals, emergency and critical care journals, peds, ortho, trauma both in nursing and medical. I schedule reading time 4 hours every two weeks at minimum and then extra as needed.

I also use twitter and facebook to help identify things I might find useful and/or interesting.

Certification in your specialty is helpful. Not only do you have to have a very broad base of knowledge in this area, but you are required to maintain that certification with continuing education. It's a good way to stay "on top" of topics regarding your particular specialty.

I'm not sure every day of every year. But it is time intensive. RSS feeds of the table of contents can help whittle it down, I see the contents of about 65 journals, Get the actually table of contents to my mailbox for about 16 or so. I use Browzine and Read by QXmd. It's a mix of medical and nursing. I get basic nursing journals, emergency and critical care journals, peds, ortho, trauma both in nursing and medical. I schedule reading time 4 hours every two weeks at minimum and then extra as needed.

I also use twitter and facebook to help identify things I might find useful and/or interesting.

This all very good information. Thank you í ½í¸Š

Certification in your specialty is helpful. Not only do you have to have a very broad base of knowledge in this area, but you are required to maintain that certification with continuing education. It's a good way to stay "on top" of topics regarding your particular specialty.
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