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When I was a little girl, I used to love playing teacher, secretary and bank lady. It was fun to have an audience of stuffed animals or friends to teach while my friends and I took turns being the teacher.
We could assign homework without having to grade papers. I could pretend to type an “official” office document without any editing or committees. I could write and cash numerous checks without any real bank accounts or balances. Those days were great, but there wasn’t any need for credible professional development — like in the real world.
Nursing is a profession that necessitates lifelong learning. If nurses aren’t investing in professional development, which includes continuing education pursuits, they may be repeating their past approaches to practice without necessarily making sure their care is aligning with current evidence, research, standards and guidelines.
The best way to be successful when pursuing professional development is to have a goal that plays on your strengths and what you enjoy most about your profession.