Importance Of Lifelong Learning In Nursing

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In the current health care system change has become constant so it has been recognised that lifelong learning is even more imperative for nurses to ensure that they can develop their skills to keep pace with these changes and improve their performance. One of the nursing registration requirements that are outlined in the current Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Conduct (NMC, 2015, p.17) is to “keep your knowledge and skills up to date, taking part in appropriate and regular learning and professional development activities that aim to maintain and develop your competence and improve your performance.” Nurses are required to involve themselves in lifelong learning activities to ensure that they can practice effectively and maintain their…show more content…
A broad definition of lifelong learning was made by The European Commission for Education and Training (2001, p.22) who state lifelong learning is “all learning activity undertaken throughout life, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competence within personal, civic , social and/or employment related perspective.” In relation to nursing The Royal College of Nursing (RCN, 2010) suggest that lifelong learning is partaking in learning activities to enhance knowledge, skills and competence throughout life in a variety of subjects not only in…show more content…
Continuous professional development is very much part of the process of lifelong learning as it is a range of activities related to learning through which health care professionals maintain their ability to practice safely and effectively within legal boundaries. (Health and Care Professions Council, 2014 p.6).The key consideration regarding the concept of lifelong learning is that there are a multitude of definitions of lifelong learning however the concept of lifelong learning has universal connotations of learning and evolving which are essential in nursing because of the constant changes occurring in health care

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