Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I am going to keep this theme going around training. I beats me why registered nurses are only interested in getting the number of hours required to keep their practicing certificate. Shouldnt it be about keeping your education hours up to keep you safe? Caregives are like sponges. they want to learn. How come many registered nurses aren't like them.
I was pleased to see your comments about "who owns our education". I pay for 95% of my own training and eduction updates because I need to keep me up to date. I always feel slightly miffed when staff say I'll only go if you pay me to go. Our education is what makes each of us safe and competent as nurses.

Janet McKelvey, McEwan House

Monday, October 26, 2009

As a human resources practitioner, I totally endorse Leigh's article on education. In the course of my work I frequently talk to people who have done nothing in the way of training and education for years because the employer won't pay for it. This is very short-sighted, and is more often the stance of older workers than younger ones. Believe me when I say that the majority of prospective employers across all industries do look to see what training candidates have undertaken. If the training is relevant to the job, it will make the candidate more employable than those who have relied on "picking up" information (and sometimes misinformation and bad practices) on the job. Even education in a subject that is not relevant to the job can be useful as it shows that the person is interested in their personal growth and development and is still capable of learning. As a rule of thumb, employees should aim to add at least one learning experience to their CVs every year.
Jennifer Wyatt Sargent
My newsletter this month had a section on "Who owns your education?" I notice that many RN's only do education to keep their practicing certificate not to keep them safe? 20 hours a year does ensure you can still practice BUT what if your practice was not safe? This could mean you may not be able to practice. The message behind this is do the training that is going to make you more skilled and a safe nurse. If you have to pay for it yourself, so be it. Just think what it would cost if you could not longer practice? I would like to get some discussion going on this topic.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

I am starting to plan for next years clinical updates. If any one has any topics they would like can you please advise me. It was a great day on Wound Care on 30th September. I am planning to have Liz do the two sessions again next year but they will be on consecutive months.