Individualized enhancement programs for nurses that promote competency.
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Working in a cost-conscious health care environment changes the accessibility to conferences, workshops and other continuing education offerings. Educators, employers and individual nurses are compelled to be innovative in their approach to maintaining competency through continuing education (CE). Greater emphasis must be placed on effectively matching CE programs with carefully targeted learning needs. This article illustrates a four-phase approach to an individualized enhancement program that incorporates job expectations and competencies. The phases are: 1) completing a needs assessment, 2) defining learning objectives, 3) assessing available learning resources, and 4) evaluating the CE experience.
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