Lifelong Learning for All Nurses

Nursing
For 11 consecutive years, nurses have been recognized as the most trusted profession in America. Nurses recognize that a commitment to lifelong learning is essential for advancing expertise, promoting the health of the public, and continuing to earn the trust of the people we serve. As a profession, nursing recognizes that the learning process is never finished. Lifelong learning experiences are unique to each nurse and can be tailored to individual interests and experiences.

With the ever-increasing complexity and evolving technology in health care coupled with rapid advances in diagnostics and treatments, nurses must continue to learn and develop their knowledge and skills in order to provide safe and effective care. Many nurses will be stepping into new positions in order to meet the looming nurse shortage as the “baby boomer” generation heads towards retirement. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has examined evidence about nursing and health care and recommended that, “A more educated nursing workforce would be better equipped to meet the demands of an evolving healthcare system.“ Nurses need to be supported in advancing their knowledge and education.

The Kansas Action Coalition (KSAC) is a team of nurses in practice, educators, business leaders, Kansas AARP members, and other key stakeholders. The KSAC wants to take the IOM recommendation regarding educational advancement a step further, to ensure that all nurses engage in purposeful, lifelong learning, to benefit each nurse in her/his career path. The Coalition is working to provide nurses with timely information and more seamless opportunities to access both formal and informal education. The KSAC would like to invite nurses, business leaders and other interested individuals to join the team in supporting educational progression for nurses in Kansas.

Become a member of the Kansas Coalition today, so that together we can continue in our efforts to support lifelong learning and continue to improve the nursing care provided to our friends and family!

To learn more about the Kansas Action Coalition, visit www.kansasactioncoalition.org, by contacting the KSAC Program Manager, Jon Teel, at jteel@kumc.edu, or FHSU Chair of the Nursing Department, Christine Hober, PhD, RN-BC, CNE at 785-628-4511 or chober@ fhsu.edu.