CONTINUING EDUCATION IN NURSING

The nursing profession is accountable to the public for the quality of nursing care it provides. The
nursing practitioners assume a lifelong commitment to learning in order to cope with rapid technological
advances, the changes in science and technology, the delivery of health care services in the country and the
expectations of the public.
Graduation from a school or college of nursing marks only the beginning of a lifelong process of
enriching one’s knowledge, skills and attitudes. Responsibility for the maintenance of safe and competent
practice rests on the individual practitioner through continual learning.
OBJECTIVES OF CONTINUING EDUCATION:
1. To provide and ensure the continuous education of a registered professional w/ the latest trends on the
profession brought about by the modernization and scientific and technological advancement
2. To raise and maintain the highest standard and quality of the practice of the profession
3. To make the professional globally competitive
4. To promote the general welfare and safety of the public
Nurses should feel the excitement of learning, of living in a world where changes are ever present.
They must analyze their needs in order to attain the goals they have set for themselves. Those who plan to
teach or handle administrative positions will have to pursue a masteral degree or further still, a doctoral
degree. Should they want to be clinicians or nursing specialists, advanced training in a particular field of
nursing is necessary.

FORMAL STUDIES LEADING TO DEGREE COURSES:
1. Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing
There are still nurses who dont have a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. There’s no supplemental BSN
course anymore. Former graduates of the 3-year basic program will have to enroll in the regular BSN
course under the new curriculum.
2. The Graduate Education in Nursing
Graduate study is education beyond the baccalaureate degree program leading to master’s degree in
a chosen area of study. Its major purpose is the preparation of nurses capable of improving nursing care
through advancement of nursing theory and science. It prepares leaders in nursing who will influence the
practice and study the profession by generating higher levels of competence and by teaching, administering
and investigating professional practice.
3. The Doctoral Degree Program
This is taken by nurses who would like to prepare themselves for various positions such as
administrators of nursing colleges, nursing research specialists, consultants of nursing services, nursing
education programs or hospital services. In pursuing Doctoral degree, professional nurses should consider

the employing agencies offer the in-service programs to: a. conferences. continuing education programs may be offered by: 1. among others. the quality of their scholarship.. Luke’s Medical Center 4. Occupational Health Nurses Association of the Philippines. the Lung Center of the Philippines. history. This will include the agency’s mission and vision. workshops. Those with potential for leadership are given special training for promotion and/or to develop a ready pool of trained nurses for supervisory positions. among others. Residency This refers to apprenticeship training at the graduate level. symposium or assemblies for round-table discussion 3. Some other forms of continuing education programs are the following: 1. organizational setup. physical layout.their competencies. National profession nursing associations such as the PNA and National League of Philippine Government Nurses and the Association of Nursing Service Administrators of the Philippines 2. job description. Health agencies with specialties such as the Philippine Health Center. Psychiatric Nursing specialists Inc. Employing agencies in the form of in-service training programs Specifically. Further enhance skills of nurses to provide quality patient care. c. goals. Prepare nurses for leadership positions. 4. its organizational structure. philosophy. Professional organizations representing various nursing specialties such as the Critical Care Nurses Association of the Philippines. Conventions These refer to the gathering of professionals and include. objectives. policies. non-degree training courses and scientific meetings 2. the ability to do creative writing that will explain. the quality of their professional experience. CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM Aside from higher institutions of learning. the Operating Room Nurses Association of the Philippines 3. which is beyond the basic preparation for health professionals. the Philippine Children’s Medical Center. Distance Learning . Seminars These refer to the gathering of professionals and include. knowledge and techniques that relate to nursing care. Equip the new employee with the basic organizational information to enable him/her to adapt to the new situation. the National Kidney Institute and St. technical lectures or subject-matter meetings. interpret and stimulate thinking and action. legal limitations of functions b. The focus is to keep updated on new concepts.

This refers to correspondence learning which uses course manuals or accredited learning modules. On-the-Job-Training This means externship training or specialization at the post-graduate level for a minimum period of four weeks. The Board shall accredit hospitals to conduct the said training program. computerized assisted learning (CAL). Accredited learning modules include instructional materials or programs which may include cassette tapes. . REQUIREMENTS FOR INACTIVE NURSES RETURNING TO PRACTICE Nurses who have not actively practiced the profession for five (5) consecutive years are required to undergo one (1) month of didactic training and three (3) months of practicum. 5. films. learning aids and modules or the use of information highway. study kits.