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Do Nursing Requirements Make Us Better Humans?

Oct 26, 2017
Sarah Gray

There’s a lot of value in leaving work at work, especially for nurses.
But in this case spillover can actually be a really good thing.
There is quite a lot involved in order to maintain our licenses, certifications, and job positions.
These requirements can feel like added work and stress.

What if these requirements are actually doing us, and the people around us, a favor?

CPR, BLS, ACLS, PALS, etc. — We have the skills, training, and experience to literally save a life. That’s pretty powerful. Every two years during renewal, I think about how important it is that every human understand how to save a life, and how I hope if anything happens to me, there will be a nurse around.

CEUs — Learning and education never ends. Unfortunately, it can be hard to allocate time and money outside of career and life responsibilities to seek out educational opportunities. The need to maintain a certain number of CEUs forces us to stay current on practice changes, review core concepts, and challenge our daily practice. #neverstoplearning

Emergency Preparedness — The world is a scary and unpredictable place. Last week, I experienced a table-top drill on how to handle an active shooter in the hospital. The reality of this situation occurring in places outside the hospital has becoming increasingly high. The consistent awareness and conversation forces me to think about how I personally am prepared for worst-case scenarios.

Cyber Security — I’m the first to admit my lack of tech skills. I’m not nearly as bad as my mom, who is the perfect bait for phishing attempts, but these annual requirements actually teach me quite a lot about keeping information safe and secure. Not just for the sake of my hospital and patients, but also for myself. Not trying to buy my identity back…

Immunizations — I will (controversially) admit that I never received a flu shot until nursing school. I now keep a thoroughly detailed record of all my health information — every one of my immunizations, tests, and results. I’m also annoyingly encouraging all my family and friends to do the same.

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