Tips from TSE: Lessons for lifelong learning

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, October 31, 2008

The focus on lifelong learning and ongoing education has become increasingly important in nursing, as the goal of improved patient outcomes through evidence-based practice make it vital for nursing professionals to keep informed of recent advancements in their field. Lifelong learning presents itself in several interesting forms. A conversation, experience, and even preparing to teach a class as a nurse educator exposes that person to new and useful information that can be used in his or her personal practice and passed on to others.

To engage nurses and foster the desire to learn, educators must keep in mind that adults:

  • Need to know why they need to learn something
  • Need to learn experientially
  • Approach learning as problem-solving
  • Learn best when the topic is of value

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the October issue of The Staff EducatorDiscover all the benefits of subscribing to The Staff Educator!


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