Nursing

From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, June 17, 2011

Editor's note: This feature is written by nursing professional development expert Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN. Each week, Adrianne writes about an important issue in the area of professional development or answers reader questions. If you have a question for Adrianne, e-mail her at adrianne1@comcast.net.

ASTD helpful resource for staff development specialists

Nursing professional development (NPD) specialists rely on professional association memberships for networking, education, mentoring, and opportunities to grow professionally. The National Nursing Staff Development Organization (NNSDO) is an invaluable resource for our specialty. But we should also explore the opportunities offered by non-healthcare associations.

One such example is the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). ASTD is the world's largest association "dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals." (www.astd.org) Its members come from more than 100 countries and there are 128 U.S. chapters with more than 20 international partners.

ASTD offers networking opportunities and education, as well as T&D (Training & Development), a monthly magazine that covers best practices, emerging technologies and trends, and a variety of issues helpful to adult educators. The chance to learn from and network with colleagues from arenas other than healthcare helps to put a broader perspective on our work. Consider investigating whether ASTD membership would help you in your role of NPD specialist.

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