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Continuing Education As Nurses

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Continuing Education as Nurses
Introduction
The definition of education is, “the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university” (Merriam-Webster, 2015). Education in general is important. In nursing it is especially important because the medical field is constantly changing. In order to keep up with these constant changes, continuing education becomes the number one way to learn the new changes. There are many opinions regarding why education should or should not continue. In addition, continuing education may have barriers and benefits for some.
Discussion
Continuing education is important in so many ways (Arungwa, O. T., 2014). Nursing is always upgrading to newer techniques (Arungwa,
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T., 2014). In one study, researchers asked nurses what their opinions were with continuing education (Arungwa, O. T., 2014). There were more positive than negative responses to the study (Arungwa, O. T., 2014). Some of the responses ranged from really liking more learning because there was more growth in the knowledge gained and abilities were strengthened (Arungwa, O. T., 2014). Additional responses included nurses feeling more competent within the job, loved having the opportunity to grow, and it was beneficial towards future successes (Arungwa, O. T., 2014). Others were against continuing education because the medical facility did not require the training. (Arungwa, O. T.,…show more content…
In the Arungwa study, several benefits included: (a) nurses receive an increase in salary; (b) nurses have the same knowledge; and (c) the medical facility operates more effectively and efficiently (Arungwa, O. T., 2014). In the Nalle, Wyatt, and Myers study, many nurses believed continuing education increased knowledge, skills, professional growth (increase in salary), and better patient outcomes (Nalle, M., Wyatt, T., & Myers, C., 2010). Barriers within the Arungwa study included: (a) scheduling time off from work to attend classes; (b) financial burden to pay for additional training; and (c) time management between family, work, and school (Arungwa, O. T., 2014). In the Nalle, Wyatt, and Myers study, fewer barriers were identified. These barriers included travel to and from classes and program relevance (Nalle, M., Wyatt, T., & Myers, C.,
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