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

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 18, 2012

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

Organizations helpful for nursing professional development specialists
NPD specialists are always on the lookout for useful resources. Last week, I provided information about two organizations that focus on simulation modalities. This week, I thought I'd offer some information about three other organizations that concentrate on adult continuing education and training.

  • American Society for Training and Development (ASTD): Many of you are familiar with ASTD, but even if you are familiar with ASTD you may not be a member or may not have looked at its website lately. ASTD is the world's largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field. Its journal, Training, is a truly excellent resource. The organization offers education events, numerous publications, and access to a wide network of colleagues. Access ASTD at
  • Health Care Education Association (HCEA): The HCEA is a "multi-disciplinary professional organization of health care educators that creates resources, instruction, & communications for both staff and clients." HCEA membership represents educators from across the continuum of care in a variety of healthcare settings. Access HCEA at
  • The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE): The AAACE's mission is to "provide leadership for the field of adult and continuing education by expanding opportunities for adult growth and development; unifying adult educators; fostering the development and dissemination of theory, research, information, and best practices, promoting identify and standards for the profession, and advocating relevant public policy and social change initiatives." AAACE offers numerous publications, research information, and education events. Access AAACE at

Even if membership is not something you want to pursue, it can be helpful to regularly take a look at the information on these websites. It's always a good idea to keep abreast of what is going on in the world of continuing education and training. This helps us to broaden our perspectives and avoid becoming ingrained in the way things have always been done within our various organizations.

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