How to Stay Current in Nursing
In the ever-changing world of healthcare, nurses need to be up to date on evidence-based practices and the latest health and wellness research, trends, and technology.
Whether you’re a new nurse, an experienced nurse, or an aspiring nurse, here’s how to stay current in the field.
- Work Toward an Advanced Nursing Degree – Find an online degree program that works with your schedule. For example, Walden University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is built for working nurses. With nine specializations to choose from, the program prepares students to become next-generation nursing leaders. The online RN to MSN track is ideal for registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing, while the online BSN to MSN track is for RNs who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
- Take Continuing Education Classes – Learning doesn’t stop after you earn a degree, and continuing education classes help nurses stay fresh and become more proficient in their jobs. Walden University’s School of Lifelong Learning offers both for-credit and non-credit, skills-based nursing courses on topics such as evidence-based practice, advanced pharmacology, population health, and behavioral and cultural issues in healthcare.
- Join a Professional Nursing Association – Professional nursing organizations are dedicated to nurses’ personal and career development, offering education, scholarships, best practice models, and overall nurse advocacy. Examples include the American Nurses Association, the National Student Nurses’ Association, and the National League for Nursing. Some areas also have state and local nursing associations.
- Adapt to Technology – Like healthcare, the world of technology is constantly evolving. New technology and equipment are improving care by reducing medical errors and helping nurses spend less time on routine tasks and more time with patients. Walden University offers several courses that can prepare nurses for these new, on-the-job technologies, including Information Management and Patient Care Technology and Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology.
- Attend Nursing Conferences – Connect with fellow nurses while learning the latest advances in your field. Conferences are offered at national, regional, and state levels, and you can often choose breakout sessions specific to your needs. Some employers will even cover all or some of the conference expenses.
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If you’re looking for a nursing degree or continuing education courses to advance your career, Walden University offers a range of online degrees and education programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and post-master’s certificates in nursing. These online programs are designed to help you maintain a work-life balance while you expand your credentials and further your skills.
Several Walden nursing programs have received the maximum 10-year Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation, assuring an educational experience aligned with the demands of today’s nursing field.
Whether you pursue your BSN, MSN, DNP, or PhD in Nursing, there’s a path to success for every level of your nursing career at Walden University.
Walden University is an accredited institution offering online nursing degrees, certificates, and individual professional development courses. Expand your career options and earn your degree using a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), post-graduate APRN certificate program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Note on licensure: The PhD in Nursing is not a licensure program and will not prepare students as nurse practitioners.
Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org.
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