10 Reasons Why Continuing Education Courses Are Key to Professional Success
Continuing Education Courses Are Often Mandatory
For many healthcare workers, mandatory requirements exist for obtaining initial or renewing existing licenses and certifications. The requirements can vary greatly depending on healthcare role, any advanced certifications, and even between States. Be sure to check what the requirements are for you based on your State(s) of license/certification.
Healthcare Practices are Advancing Rapidly
It is well known that best practices and standards of care change rapidly in healthcare. Healthcare professionals who have been in their fields for any period of time know that these advances happen constantly, and that it is critical to stay current one way or another with this information. Continuing education is one way to do this.
Continuing Education Must be Current
It is more common than is sometimes realized to find that the content of some continuing education courses is not current! Checking on the dates in reference citations and the copyright date of the course itself may provide clues as to the currency of the information. Take the time to check before investing in out-dated information.
Improvement in Patient Care Quality
There are other benefits to attending continuing education courses besides the fact that it is often a requirement for licensure/certification. Current information from continuing education courses absolutely helps to improve the quality of care that is provided to patients.
Working Memory Optimization
There is so much knowledge in healthcare not only to access, but to retain and then recall. Granted there are many apps and electronic references to assist us in clinical practice, but we also still hold a lot of expertise and skill inventory in our own memory. Continuing education helps push more information back into our working memory where it is easier to retrieve when we need it during our clinical practice.
I see this all the time. Fabulous connections being formed and fascinating perspectives being shared among participants at continuing education courses are some of the more enjoyable components of continuing education courses. Six degrees of separation proves it really is “a thing” when participants get to know each other and find out what they have in common.
Tapping into Collective Wisdom
Although the instructor and course content are valuable sources of information, there is also extensive experience, education and collective wisdom held among those in attendance. This is sometimes overlooked in continuing education courses. A skillful facilitator is able to draw from this wisdom in a way that makes the course interactive and interesting, and also keeps the class on point at the same time.
Resumes and Performance Evaluations
Attending continuing education courses demonstrates to current and future employers that the employee invests time and resources into ensuring they are current in their respective field. Everyone is talking about quality care improvements, regardless of industry, and there is no doubt that participation in continuing education helps to improve quality of care.
The Lifelong Learner in Us All
Participation in continuing education courses helps us to grow, expand, and reflect on our professional impact. These courses can be re-energizing, re-focusing, and help prevent burnout from stagnation and mastery of current performance levels and technical knowledge acquisition.
Many of the costs associated with professional licensures/certifications can be deducted on personal and business income taxes. It is helpful to check into this and remember to keep those receipts!
So how do you find continuing education courses?
With a little bit of effort, continuing education courses can be found fairly easily. There are often courses offered at local healthcare facilities. Other local organizations such as universities, colleges, and fire departments also frequently sponsor these courses. The internet has many options for continuing education including podcasts, webinars, scientific article collections, and video-based courses. There are regional conferences which often offer continuing education hours for attendees. Traveling distances is another way to obtain continuing education hours/credits. Some people enjoy traveling with friends to attend continuing education conferences together.
Continuing education courses remain a non-negotiable reality for many healthcare professionals. Know what the requirements are for your license/certification and take a pro-active approach to accumulating those hours/credits well in advance of your deadline. Remember also to take full advantage of the sometimes overlooked benefits of continuing education course attendance such as meeting interesting new people, reuniting with old acquaintances, tapping into the collective wisdom of the group, and traveling to new destinations.
CPR4Life AZ is proud to begin offering credited continuing education for healthcare professionals such as EMTs, paramedics, and RNs in late May/early June. We strive to offer the most current, up-to-date information available and present this information in interactive formats that are engaging and even enlightening! In the meantime, we are offering our first course Geriatric Trauma April 21st, 2018 from 9am to 11 am or 1pm to 3pm at our office located at 3333 N Campbell Ave #4 Tucson 85719.
In addition to classroom format courses, we are adding credited online courses soon and hope this will be a valuable resource for our customers.
Check our website regularly to see what courses are available. We will be adding courses regularly and welcome your thoughts on what you’d like to see next!