“Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses. We must be learning all of our lives.”– Florence Nightingale
Are you a geek like me? I really do love learning new things! There is something amazing about opening your brain to the possibilities. At 58 years young, I am convinced that lifelong learning keeps me young at heart.
When I went back to school for my graduate degree, let’s just say, I could have been any of my classmate’s mom?. It was awesome! I was able to share experiences and the younger students helped me understand technology and so much more. Whether you are young or old (mature) take time each day and continue to grow as a leader in healthcare and in your profession.
Developing Throughout Your Career
Nursing is an exciting career that is continually evolving and changing. As nurses, be open to learning and growing within your practice. There is no such thing as being stagnant in nursing. As Florence said, we need to be learning all of the time. Therefore, if we value the service we provide, we have to stay current.
Staying current in nursing practice is a key component of professional development. Staying current in our profession can mean a lot of different things. It can mean career advancement, in which we seek promotions and positions that elevate our responsibilities. Another way could involve attending continuing education opportunities that bring us up to date on the latest technology, techniques, and ways to practice. Lastly, it could be ‘just in time‘ training of a new process or protocol.
Understanding the Overall Picture
We understand the need for professional development within the areas we work. However, something that many of us don’t think about is the obligation we have to stay connected to what happens in healthcare on a global level. Healthcare laws, trends, as well as the financial state of providing healthcare have a large impact on our daily practice. Knowing these trends can help us better prepare for how it will impact nursing and the delivery of nursing care.
Those who helped us along the way
Guidance counselors, educators, mentors, peers, and patients have all contributed to my professional development. I am grateful to so many for my continuing growth. Take a moment right now and make a list of all of the people who have been influential in your career growth.
What was it about this person or people that made such an impact?
Have you had the opportunity to thank them?
How are helping to grow others?
Continue leading, learning, and growing!