Professional Development And Lifelong Learning

1307 WordsSep 3, 20166 Pages
The profession of nursing is held to high standards by many individuals. “There is increasing recognition that health professionals should engage in continuing professional development and lifelong learning” (Casey & Clark, 2010, p. 35). The United States health care practice is continuously changing and reforming, therefore, health care professionals have to develop in a way to manage the complex health care related needs of the patients (Casey & Clark, 2010). “Increasingly, registered nurses will need to acquire and develop the skills and attributes required to deal with a range of new and emerging nursing responsibilities, as health and social care teams become more diverse” (Casey & Clark, 2010, p. 38). As a nurse, I continue to assess my current status professionally and personally, as well as plan my professional development for the future. Professional Self-Assessment It was not until I graduated high school and started college that I became completely determined and motivated to continuously improve my future and career. During my senior year in high school, my family underwent a difficult time with the death of my grandfather. He had been diagnosed with cancer and battled the cancer for a year before it took him from us. He actually passed only two weeks before my graduation date. It was not until I witnessed the wonder impact a group of nurses had on my grandfather’s battle with cancer and my family that I realized what my career calling was to be. I
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