Required or Inspired: Continuing Education Courses Key to Lifelong Learning (01/04/2019) Hilton, Lisette's 2018 Nursing Salary Research Report estimates that 39 percent of about 4,500 U.S. nurses surveyed said they received reimbursement or paid continuing education as an employer benefit, while about 1,276 received an average of $2,619 in continuing education reimbursement annually. A key continuing education trend among states is greater topic specificity than has been seen before, with Shared Governance founder Robert Hess, PhD, RN, FAAN, noting that states often focus on timely subjects like pain management and human trafficking. Hospital status also plays a role in continuing education's growing emphasis, with Hess saying facilities certified in specialty care may require nurses to complete continuing education associated with the hospital's status. "Employers may find that the more they invest in supporting learning, training, professional development, and continuing education, a higher quality of worker and care may result," adds Maria Morales, MSN, RN, CPAN, director of clinical education at OnCourse Learning Healthcare.

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