The healthcare field is continually changing with new technology and research methods. Due to this, most healthcare organizations require nurses to attend continuing education courses. On top of required education, many nurses choose to stay up to speed in their field by attending training, reading publications or participating in workshops. To successfully answer this question, candidates should talk about one of the most recent training sessions they attended and expand on their particular interests in learning more in the nursing field and how they educate themselves.
"As part of my continuing education requirements, I recently attended a Child Maltreatment training. Working in a Family Practice clinic, this training was extremely useful as it educated me on how to spot potential child abuse on patients that I see. As well, I learned new changes in law about mandatory reporting if child abuse was suspected. On top of regular continuing education credits, my passion lies in the treatment of children that are diagnosed with cancer. I am a subscriber of the 'Journal of Pediatric Nursing' and enjoy reading and learning about new research in the field."
"As a nurse with many years of experience, am well aware of how quickly medicine and nursing practices advance, so I understand the importance of keeping up with the latest health research. I subscribe to several nursing journals through my membership in the American Nurses Association, and I use the information in these journals to stay abreast on newly published research. Reading these journals as well as attending CME courses have helped me stay ahead and on the cutting-edge of nursing practice throughout my career."
"As a new nurse, I have thrived in my learning environment through my nursing program in college. The faculty that I was educated by and the preceptors that I worked with on my clinical rotations were instrumental in helping me get up to speed on the current field of nursing. I know that the nursing field is a continually changing work environment and I look forward to attending training and seminars to learn as much as I can in becoming a successful nurse with your organization."
"As a nurse that has worked most of her career in the Emergency Department, I have had to adapt to changes in procedures and technology throughout my career. As part of my continuing education requirements, I recently took a course on the geriatric patient in the emergency room. Even having been a career Emergency Nurse, I learned new research and methods to help treat elderly patients when they come in the Emergency Room. These continuing education courses I have attended throughout my career have helped me become a better nurse."
"As a nursing student, I stay current on the latest health research by listening to podcasts. I am also subscribed to the American Nurse Association, so I often keep up to date by reading American Nurse Today."
Fantastic! These resources are very reputable, which the interviewer will be happy to hear. Try offering up more specifics on the podcasts such as who the host is, what the topics are, or a great nugget of information you just learned.
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"Continuing education courses I have attended throughout my career have helped me become a better nurse. As a nurse that has worked most of her career in the Emergency Department, I have had to adapt to changes in procedures and technology throughout my career. As part of my continuing education requirements, I recently took a course on the pediatric patient in the emergency room. Even having been a career Emergency Nurse, I learned new research and methods to help treat pediatric patients when they come to the Emergency Room."
Great start! Your interviewer will be impressed that you recently took a course as part of your continuing education. I reworded slightly for clarity. You can elaborate by sharing something new you learned from the training, such as a method for treating pediatric patients in the ER. The interviewer would also be interested in hearing about areas in nursing in which you want to learn more and your future training plans.
"As a nurse who has worked most of my career in the Emergency Department, I have successfully adapted to changes in procedures and technologies throughout my career. I recently took a course on best practices in caring for pediatric patients in the emergency room. Even as a career Emergency Nurse, I learned new research and methods to help treat pediatric patients when they visit the Emergency Room."
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