The medical profession. It’s always on the move and the most cutting-edge practices and procedures today will become commonplace knowledge in just a few short years. So, as a nurse, it comes as no surprise that continuing education is a simple part of a nurses career requirements. Nurses at every level and of every description are expected and required to take a certain number of continuing education hours each year to maintain their licenses. The requirements vary by state, but on average a nurse in the United States is required to take between 25 and 40 hours of education each year.
There are a few primary ways for a nurse to meet continuing education requirements. And increasingly, hospitals provide many of the courses for free on-site. While they are often rigorous, most nurses will want to take advantage of these courses because they are a cost-effective way to keep up with the demands of the job. One tip for taking the courses is to spread them out over the year so the hours are easier to handle and can be balanced with other work and life demands.
In addition to on-site courses, many community colleges, universities and trade schools offer continuing education training throughout the year. One important thing to keep in mind when choosing one of these resources is to make sure and choose a school that is qualified for the continuing education licensing. One final way to achieve continuing education requirements is to attend one of the many medical conferences held throughout the country each year. Often, the conferences offer continuing education courses as a supplemental part of the event. The conferences themselves can often get expensive, but the upside is that they are often held in fun destination cities like Las Vegas, New York or Chicago. So, participants can often make a mini-vacation of the ongoing educational process.
Ultimately, the choice in obtaining required ongoing educational training is up to the individual. And there are several ways to achieve the objectives. To follow is an overview of some specific types of required coursework.
Education Goes On And On
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