Continuing Education Units

Continuing education programs are courses, seminars, lectures and demonstrations offered throughout the year for many different licensed professionals. These programs are often measured, depending on hours of time spent with the subject, in units. Most commonly, you will see the programs advertised for registered and licensed practical nurses; however, continuing education is for all health care professionals to benefit. To continue one's education in their career is ambitious and maintains a level of competency employers thrive to find in their employees.

One may ask; if these continuing education courses are designed to maintain a license, are non-licensed personnel such as certified nursing assists or home heath aides required to obtain them? This answer is not a straightforward one. Unfortunately, where certified nursing assistants and home health aides are concerned much of their job responsibility and requirements are set forth by their employer. Where registered and licensed practical nurses are required to submit proof of continuing education to the board of nursing in their state, certified nursing assistant and home health aides most commonly report to the public heath department of their state. There are some states that require certified nursing assistants and home health aides to obtain continuing education units and there are some states that do not but the employers in those states do require it. The bottom line is you must research your states requirement for maintaining your certification as well as question your employer as to what their expectations from you are.

Continuing education can sound boring, especially if you just finished your certified nursing program. The last thing you want to do is head back to a classroom. Most continuing education courses are not boring and offer a lot of information on current health care issues and technology. Continuing education courses are easy to find. Sometimes they find you while on the job. You can receive continuing education units for listening to a five minute in service on the newest blood glucose testing monitor. Some courses are even offered to help the health care professional find a release for stress and to assist with providing relaxation, as the health care profession can be a very stressful place to work in. Courses are usually offered Monday through Friday throughout the year. For those that still do not feel like sitting in a classroom or listening to someone talk, courses are offered online for convenience. You just have to make sure your online course is provided by an approved company.

Continuing education programs are worth the time. They provide an opportunity for growth in an area one has all ready chosen to be part of. Not only will the continuing education increase your expertise on a subject matter, it will impress

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