I as a nurse know the importance of lifelong learning in my profession. Nursing has changed even over my career of over 20 years. There have been such advancements in the way healthcare is delivered that continuous learning is a must. Technology has made things easier and yet more difficult. Procedures change. To clean wounds we now use salt water and it is not unusual to find sterile honey on a nurses wound cart. This was certainly not the case when I graduated. Things change and new things are discovered, so in order to stay current, we must keep learning and re-learning.
I think though that lifelong learning has to focus on things that are pleasurable and fun too, not just work related. I recently learned how to make a poodle skirt for my youngest daughter without a pattern. I made some mistakes and then had to determine how to fix those. In the end the product was very nice and my daughter was pleased. Learning new things we are interested in also makes us better at our jobs. Keeps us well-rounded and engaged.
I found an article in a nursing blog called: 10 signs you might be a lifelong learner. The writer lists 10 characteristics of life long learners that I will list for you:
- Critical thinker
I encourage you to read the full piece – it is very interesting 🙂