Lifelong Learning Ch14

Lifelong learning is all purposeful learning activities, formal and informal, that take place throughout our lives.

Set yourself up for lifelong success!!!

The world is changing so fast you must keep up with all the changes during your lifetime.

HCP's are now being required to perform more duties outside of their specific job title. MULTI- SKILLED!!!

Remember, my parents didn't even have televisions regularly! No computers, calculators, cell phones, cordless anything and had to learn all of these skills in order to keep up with society.

We are always learning and adapting but HCP's are surprised at how much learning and education after graduation  just to keep up with your job is a surprise!

Graduation is the end of formal education and the beginning of the rest of lifelong learning.

Keeping up with changes in Health Care/LIFE....if you dont in a few years you will be incompetent in your field-ask me!

Lets look at page 307 table

HCP now know standard precautions are necessary but HIV and Hep B exposure means these HCP's must be trained ,tested, and continually educated to minimize exposure.

Growing elderly population means HCP's need to be knowledgeable about this age group and coverage and billing because this is going to be the biggest population of people that need our care.

Do we learn all of this in college?

How do we continue our education after graduation?

Do we stop after high school and then take a break then go to college or trade school? lets discuss...

CEU's-Continuing education units

CEU and CPE go hand in hand

Self-directed learning

CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit.

A CEU is a unit of credit equal to 10 hours of participation in an accredited program designed for professionals with certificates or licenses to practice various professions.

Doctors, nurses, lawyers, engineers, CPAs, real estate agents, financial advisers, and other such professionals are required to participate in continuing education programs for a certain number of hours every year in order to keep their certificates, or licenses to practice, current.

The annual number of CEUs required varies by state and profession. lets look at how to earn CEU' 308, go to page 312 and do web activity on professional org.


Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses are not required to obtain continuing education for regular licensure renewal. RNs and LPNs attempting to renew a license that has been expired for more than 3 years AND who are not currently licensed in another jurisdiction will be required to demonstrate continued competence to practice.

Always make sure to check and see if the CEU is approved by your organization and when you go to an activity/seminar/CPE always sign in and get a certificate of completion or attendance for proof and retain at least 4 years!

Or you might not get credit.

not all CEU's are high quality so here are some tips:

1. It is rec. by your agency/organization

2. It is related to your skill and knowledge of your current job

3. Future Career goal oriented

4. Educational provider is reputable*

5. Area of weakness that need improvement

6. Personal and professional interests

* Anytime you tell a pt to go to a website for information make sure you are directing them to correct information. Government and university websites tend to be a good direction to guide your patients.

Self Directed Learning-all things you plan and participate to increase your knowledge and skills.

NOT just for that required CEU  or formal education.We do this daily.


1. Observe others (cannot stress this enough)

2. Ask questions/follow the smart ones (all at appropriate timing)

3.Read journals/articles/research

4. STUDY GROUPS, small, no sharing confidential info/exchange of ideas and learning from others experiences.

5. Study with a partner or mentor

6. Attend prof workshops/seminars

7. watch dvds /videos

8. Internet

Example of SDL

Like the group setting/motivated