The need for ongoing learning throughout a healthcare provider’s career, specifically among nurses, has long been supported. It has come with the main objectives of addressing the needs of the healthcare system and improving nursing care.

Completing certification requirements & pursuing advanced degrees

In Malaysia, many post basic courses require a minimum of 2 years’ clinical working experience with at least 3 months of working in a related specialty. Indeed, every nurse is encouraged to make every effort to go in depth in their specialisation – In doing so, they will become more confident in accomplishing tougher tasks and dealing with patients in their related field.

Today, there are many institutions offering nursing courses, which opens up opportunities for nurses to pursue a degree in Nursing. For nurses who are already degree holders, they can consider embarking on their Masters degree so that they can be considered for better positions and receive higher remuneration.

Networking with professional colleagues

Working in one multidisciplinary care team with fellow colleagues will allow you to gain better networking opportunities. Learning takes place when you are discussing the patient’s related disorders, care and treatments. Whenever you feel uncertain of how to carry out a task, you should not hesitate to ask a fellow colleague for help or clarification – this is the most effective way for you to learn and improve on your abilities as a nurse.

Apart from clinical areas, you can develop a larger network by attending nursing seminars and conferences. Joining these programmes can allow you to meet other nurses and opens up opportunities to exchange healthcare-related ideas as well as share valuable medical information and news.

Reading professional literature and used self-study materials

There is an abundance of nursing journals and articles on the Internet that have been made available by online publishers. Some publishers may require that you pay a fee to access the articles; however, there are also others that allow you to read their articles for free. Examples of websites that you can use to obtain nursing journals and articles include Medscape, PubMed, and MDLinx.

Reading the medical literature will enhance your knowledge on evidence-based nursing practices. More importantly, it also prepares you for your research projects that will come in handy if you plan to pursue an advanced degree. You can also be sure that thoroughly reading medical literature will help to clear any conceptual gaps that you face in your studying.

In order to enhance your abilities as a nurse, particularly in the area of knowledge and skills, you need to make a commitment to lifelong learning. It also helps to be enthusiastic in what you do, as this will spur you to continue with your education, build a larger network, be mentored by other colleagues and read medical literature. Over time, this culture of learning will foster greater discussion and research, which will improve patient care overall. MIMS

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