Lifelong Learning and Personal Development in Nursing

This paper shall discuss what lifelong learning is, why we should study it, the Nursing Midwifery Council requirement, the preparation required for nurses’ lifelong learning, the portfolio, evidence-based practice, the benefits of lifelong learning, and the purpose of said lifelong learning.&nbsp. It shall discuss what knowledge is, why we need it, how we can achieve knowledge. It shall also describe empirical, aesthetic, ethical knowledge and apply it in the lifelong process. This paper shall also discuss why, when, and how nurses are accountable and the NMC requirements for accountability. A reflection on the module shall also be undertaken for this paper in the hope of understanding personal development.
Nursing and midwifery practise is a constantly changing environment with roles for health professionals continuously expanding and technological advances ever increasing. These advancements involve new treatments, reorganization, and even the redirection of health care resources. Even as nurses and midwives accustom themselves to a certain type of intervention or treatment, other better ones would soon surface, and so on and so forth. The nurse is actually required to make the necessary adjustments in order to deal with these changes and to cope with the complexities of the medical health practice. And this often requires the nurse to “demonstrate responsibility for [one’s] own learning through the development of a portfolio of learning and practice…and to be able to recognise when further learning and development may be required” (Nursing Midwifery Council, 2002, p. 3). Simply put, lifelong learning is about keeping up to date. it is about keeping abreast of changes in the practice. and it is about having an inquisitive approach to the practice of nursing and of health care (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2002, p. 3).
Lifelong learning should be studied because it helps in the advancement and improvement of the nursing practice while allowing professional development. Lifelong learning is also important because it allows for continuing competence in the practice by promoting the good nursing&nbsp.practice, by assisting in the prevention of poor practice, and by contributing to the quality of nursing practice through improved patient outcomes (Find Articles, 2009).&nbsp.&nbsp.